Earlier this month, Lead Them Home presented Posture Shift in Armenia, Colombia, in partnership with La Alianza, the Colombia branch of The Christian & Missionary Alliance (CMA). This week, La Alianza wrote up a blog post about the event.
You may also read the English version below.
‘Posture Shift’ training comes to Latin America
Two days of intensive training were part of the first Posture Shift in Latin America, which took place from February 2-3 at the Ebenezer Convention Center in Circasia, Quindío.
Up to 130 pastors and leaders from different corners of Colombia arrived to train in this missiological model that reaches the LGBT+ community, a population that has historically remained far from the church and has not been reached with compassion.
This training is led by Lead Them Home, a US ministry that for 12 years has set out to reflect the love of Christ to the LGBT+ community, creating support systems within churches to guide families towards care and pastorate of this population.
This event, which was also the first time it was held in a language other than English, was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Relations and Projects Department. The department established an agreement with this ministry to translate all the material into Spanish and providing it access to the Alianza family at a lower cost.
“God moved the hearts of the attendees through the Holy Spirit, leading them to have the humility to maintain their beliefs and honor God, and at the same time, to think differently about loving other people.” -Bill Henson, Founder and President of Lead Them Home
The training also included assistants from other churches in Colombia such as CENFOL and Misión Panamericana, and even included the participation of representatives of some churches and institutions in the United States.
“I think that before the training I had the same philosophy that Posture Shift presented…. But now I feel much safer to talk to someone from the LGBT + community. I know that I will not offend them, that we can be friends, that I can show them Jesus by demonstrating that I care and love for them —and that others do, too.” -Susan Grenz, delegate of West Palm Beach Atlantic University
This training occurs in the midst of one of the greatest challenges facing the present church: how to involve, receive and share Christ with LGBT + people, as it is undoubtedly a controversial issue and historically has caused damage and distance between the church and this community.
“In the case of La Alianza, there is a long history of biblical anchoring that could make it one of the most conservative churches. And the fact that one of the most conservative churches has seen the need and done something about it — it’s beautiful.” -Bill Henson, Founder and President of Lead Them Home
In its material, Posture Shift presents the task of reaching this community as a missionary challenge. It implies a new approach as missionary preparation: learning about LGBT + people’s history, context, and ideals — all under the commandment to love others as oneself.