A new Posture Shift leader certification initiative to train the next 600,000 leaders on biblically sound LGBT+ church inclusion
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Decades of mistreatment, rejection, exclusion, and misunderstanding from the Church have damaged relational trust and barred LGBT+ people from access to the Gospel. Many desire to love well — yet most remain uncomfortable relating directly with LGBT+ people.
As we speak, a new church history is underway in which LGBT+ people experience rich, meaningful fellowship in their faith communities. And now, it’s developing more swiftly than ever. Our new Train50 initiative will empower leaders to train and equip 600,000 Christians!
Will your church or ministry join us in writing a new church history?
- Licensure is exclusively for church or ministry staff.
- We only license organizations. We do not license individuals.
- Licensed Organizations select their own Licensed Trainers.
- Licensed Trainers must be pastors, staff or elders.
- Licensed Trainers have access to Posture Shift Portal.
- Posture Shift Portal contains teaching and video tools.
- Annual Portal Fee and Course Handbook purchase required.
- We license national, regional or local churches and ministries.
- Training restricted to “your” people within “your” organization.
2-Day Posture Shift (or Train50) Course
Why must Trainers be on staff?
We encourage our Licensed Organization partners to train “top-down” from executive staff and governance leaders. Once buy-in is secure, then training can extend to lay leaders — including life group, adult discipleship, and youth ministry leaders (among others). Teaching throughout your congregation as staff will demonstrate your ownership in making your church more inclusive and caring.
Remember, everyone can attend Posture Shift in order to more generously live out Christ’s love for LGBT+ people.
How it Works
- Save the date for any 2-day course
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- Upon registration, choose “Train Others” track
- Request licensure by emailing us at email@example.com
Our training courses are intended to help leaders implement a Posture Shift at your church or ministry.
Same Course. Same Price. Two Tracks
Posture Shift “Get Trained” Track: All who care can gain practical insights for enhancing biblically sound care for LGBT+ people. Anyone can get trained!
Train50 “Train Others” Track: Churches and ministries can obtain licensure to teach Posture Shift across your entire congregation or ministry. We only license organizations – not individuals. Trainers must be pastors, staff, or elders.
Gospel in a Generational Shift
Biblical Basis for Posture Shift
LGBT+ People Through a
Growing Up Gay
Suicidal Risks and Statistics
Importance of a Level Playing Field
Gay Community’s Vulnerable History
How to Respond When Teens Come Out
Guiding Parents When Kids Come Out
How to Care for Suicidal Youth
How to Care for Transgender Teens
8 Effective Principles to Outreach
“Lateral Distractions” Relational Model
32 Tips for a Strong Relational Witness
Best Practice Care Model
Building a Sustainable Support System
Biblically Sound Inclusion Model
Frequently Asked Questions
“Highly practical, biblical, and mission-focused.”
– Spring 2019 Attendee
“Do whatever it takes to get this training.”
–Spring 2019 Attendee
“I see hope for my church.”
– Winter 2019 Attendee
“I took home new ways of thinking, practical ideas and models for ministry.”
– Fall 2019 Attendee
While we offer Posture Shift at cities across North America, we invite you to experience Posture Shift in our home city of Boston! Enjoy our beautiful, historic city over a long weekend! Walk the Freedom Trail, dine in the world-famous North End for an amazing Boston experience, or head up the coast to the famous seaport villages of Ogunquit or Kennebunkport, Maine. New England offers many treasures to explore!
Frequently Asked Questions
We enter into Posture Shift Licensed Partner Agreements only with organizations (not individuals). We offer pricing relative to ministry size: (i) national ministries (plus churches in excess of 2,500 weekly attendees); (ii) regional ministries (plus churches between 500 and 2,499 weekly attendees); and (iii) local ministries (plus churches up to 499 weekly attendees). Regional ministries, as an example, can include church denominations, campus ministries, student or youth ministries and other Christian organizations that split up their leadership structure by geographic area. If you have a question about how we classify your ministry, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your organization must sign our Posture Shift Licensed Partner Agreement. You can then name staff persons (pastors, teachers, camp counselors, coaches, etc.) and/or governance leaders (elders, trustees, superintendents) as your Licensed Trainers. All Licensed Trainers must attend a minimum of one (1) training at our 2-day Posture Shift Intensive Course which offer our Get Trained and Train Others tracks. Same course. Same Price. Two tracks. Train50 is our “licensure” (Train Others) track.
Staff who have completed the minimum training requirement (see question above) can be added to the Posture Shift Licensed Partner Agreement as your designated Licensed Trainers. Once added to the Agreement, they will receive immediate access to our Posture Shift Portal offering presentation slides, video clips, and PDF coaching tips to ensure that they can effectively teach throughout your organization. Posture Shift Portal is only accessible to Licensed Trainers who have met the minimum training requirement.
Our Posture Shift Licensed Partner Agreement requires an Annual Portal Fee and minimum Posture Shift Course Handbook purchase (50 books).
Posture Shift Course Handbooks | We do not want to sign Agreements in which no teachings ever occur. Our missional aim is to rapidly mobilize the Gospel reaching LGBT+ people throughout churches and para-church ministries. That requires teaching and a minimum of 50 books is a fairly low requirement. Additionally, we want to ensure maximum learning retention, so we require that every attendee of a Posture Shift training receive a copy of our Posture Shift Course Handbook to continue their learning after you host a training. Importantly, you can purchase Handbooks inside our Posture Shift Portal at discounted bulk rates only available to our Licensed Partners.
Annual Portal Fee | This fee is different for national, regional, and local ministries. We will disclose the fee at Posture Shift Intensives (or Train50) Course. This fee will be directly invested into expanding our teaching assets, coaching tools, and other premium content to maximize teaching impact within your organization.
Absolutely not! We would never expect a Licensed Trainer to attend one Posture Shift Intensives Course and then go and replicate the teaching in your organization. Most Posture Shift trainings that your named Licensed Trainers conduct among your people will be 1 hour, 2 hours, or maybe 4 hours in duration. Trainings can be structured to occur in a single event — or one hour per week for several weeks. Your Licensed Trainers are free to teach longer trainings — that is up to your organization to decide. Importantly, we routinely see Posture Shift having great impact in brief 2-hour teachings. Shorter teachings also help your Licensed Trainers advance their Posture Shift teaching skills.
As one of our valued Licensed Partners, you are permitted to teach Posture Shift to “your” people within “your” church or ministry. You cannot present our teaching at a third party conference or teach across multiple churches/ministries or among citywide leaders (such as a ministerial alliance). The reason is simple: our team has developed and trained Posture Shift hundreds of times over 15 years. We must preserve our right to protect our brand credential and integrity given the sensitivity of this teaching topic. If there is any confusion or damage created by Licensed Trainers teaching Posture Shift, we want that to be contained within your organization. By the way, such a challenge is one we can solve because we are partnering together. Creating confusion or damage across a range of leaders that our Posture Shift team has no relationship with could do irreparable harm to our work. We are simply aiming to lead with boldness while also exercising wisdom as we launch our licensure effort to rapidly mobilize the Gospel to reach LGBT+ people throughout the wider church.
Our Licensed Partner organizations will determine who they name as their Licensed Trainers under the Agreement. We advise that they name executive, teaching and governance leaders employed or elected to formal leadership positions.
We are super grateful for Christians who already have a deep passion and gifting for loving LGBT+ people! Thank you for following Jesus in reaching LGBT+ family and friends. As you know, there are some Christians who will fear that any kind of inclusion of LGBT+ people is biblical compromise. LGBT+ people can easily pick up on these signals or hear unhelpful comments and get propelled outside the church. In our work, we are aiming to create a new church history in which LGBT+ experience welcome and radical love inside the church. To get there, it will require executive and governance leaders along with senior staff taking ownership in teaching throughout your church or ministry. We are simply trying to adhere to best-practice leadership and honor local church authority while also encouraging such leaders to take the lead on this effort.