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Our mission is to reflect Christ’s love for LGBT+ people in the church.
We train and equip trustee (elder) boards, executive teams, staff, and organizational members in a “top-down” best practice leadership model.
We are the leading training and consulting source on LGBT+ matters serving the conservative church across North America. Our nationally acclaimed Posture Shift training seminar and Guiding Families resource rapidly equip and mobilize your ministry team and families of LGBT+ loved ones.
Our vision is to create sustainable support systems within churches that guide families of LGBT+ loved ones, while enhancing care and inclusion for LGBT+ people. We seek to:
- Encourage family acceptance.
- Enhance church inclusion.
- Guarantee belonging and safety.
- End teen suicide and homelessness.
- Nurture faith identity in Jesus.
A gospel of exclusion has no power to reach already-banished persons.
Eighty-percent (80%) of our work helps young people 13-28 years old.
Our position and posture on concerns for LGBT+ individuals are informed and motivated by the heart of Jesus as expressed in Holy Scriptures.
We are convicted that the application of biblical truth regarding sexual teachings in Scripture must also apply to non-sexual teachings of the scripture.
How we treat people is an equally critical moral matter.
We aim for the posture of Jesus: to honor God, and love all people.
Our 5-Point Promise to the LGBT+ Community:
- We will never come into your community without an invitation.
- We will never discuss theology unless you seek such a discussion.
- We will never align our ministry events against your events.
- We will never engage in political activities aligned against you.
- We will honor those who are Christian as our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our name is inspired by the song “Tears of the Saints” by Leeland:
“There are schools full of hatred.
Even churches have forsaken
love and mercy.
There are tears of the saints
for the lost and unsaved.
Father, we will lead them home.”
Our name was chosen in 2006 as we embarked on a pioneer mission effort to confront us versus them attitudes. Since that day, we have called upon church leaders and parents to lead (or invite) LGBT+ loved ones home to family – home to church – and home to Jesus.
Dr. Raymond Pendleton has served as professor of Pastoral Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1975. He is also Assistant Rector of Pastoral Care and Healing Ministry at Christ the Redeemer church in Danvers, MA, and has served as Lead Them Home’s board chairman since 2005.
Founder & President
Bill Henson is the founder and president of Lead Them Home, creator of Posture Shift, and author of Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones. Bill trains national, regional and local ministry teams across America to extend Christ to LGBT+ persons within a biblical framework. Bill guest lectures at Gordon College and has presented Posture Shift at Denver Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Paul Atwater is the founding pastor of North River Community Church in Pembroke, MA. He has been married to his lovely wife, Susan, since 1981, and they have two adult daughters. Paul is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Denver Seminary (M.Div.), where he is currently a D.Min. candidate. He has served on the Wheaton College Leadership Council and the board for New Hope Correctional Ministry, and was a Contributing Editor for Leadership Journal. Paul loves following Boston sports and played football and ran track at Wheaton College.