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Lead Them Home is North America’s leading training and consulting resource for church and ministry leaders on LGBT+ inclusion and care.
Our vision is loving LGBT+ people in the Church via our mission: to enhance church inclusion, increase family acceptance, protect against victimization, and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ lives.
“A gospel of exclusion has no power to reflect Christ’s love for people.”
– Bill Henson, Founder and President
Our Trainings, Resources, and Other Offerings:
Our biblical position on marriage and sexuality and our relational posture for LGBT+ individuals are equally informed and motivated by the heart of Jesus as expressed in God’s Holy Scriptures.
How we engage people is as critical as what we believe.
We aim for the posture of Jesus Christ: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind; and like unto it, to love all people with the same love that we daily receive from God (see Matthew 22:37-39).
In our best attempt to honor God’s holiness, we hold to a traditional biblical belief regarding marriage and sexuality. Simultaneously, we generously extend Christ’s love to LGBT+ loved ones without condition.
There is no room for condemnation or mistreatment of people whom Christ loves.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:21, “I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law.” He continues in verses 22-23, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”
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.