Resources for pastors

Q&A: Intersex and Transgender Experiences

By Lianne Simon and Allison

Q: “When in relationship with a person who desires to see Scriptural proof to ‘accept’ intersex people, how do you handle this, and do you have references for them?”

A: I have been told that intersex is a result of the Fall.

A Christian Response to Intersex

By Lianne Simon
Jennifer Anne Cox wrote this book as an evangelical response to intersex. Her message to evangelical Christians is this: the Gospel is as much for someone with an intersex condition as it is for you. Stop abusing these people.

A Spiritual Homecoming for LGBT People?

By Andrew Marin

Recent research reveals that 76 percent of LGBT people who have left the church are open to returning to their faith community.

According to statistics released by the Barna Group, only 9 percent of Americans are open to returning to faith and its practices after making a decision to leave their faith community.

I’m Going With Crazy

By Tim Timmerman
Five radical ways the church can provide real community for the sexual and gender minorities in their midst.

I Don’t Belong

By Gregory Coles
A celibate gay Christian speaks of the pain that lies on both sides of the church’s closet door

Costly Embrace

By Nate Collins

“Everything has a price, son. Just because you don’t have to pay for something yourself doesn’t mean that it’s free.” I’ve had numerous conversations like this with my kids, and they remind me that things that are truly valuable are usually obtained only at high cost.

The Nashville Statement: It’s Time to Listen and Learn

By Kristyn Komarnicki

As the nation is reeling from racial violence and crippling floods, a group of leaders decided it was a good time to draw some sharp lines around sexuality issues, making sexual orientation and gender identity a central tenet of the Christian faith.

Church Policies About LGBT Christians

By Julie Rodgers
Most of our current conversations about LGBT people in the church focus on theology. Theology is important, but in our focus on a theology of sex and marriage, we often neglect

You Are Good

By Sue Gilmore

I worshipped in an evangelical church this morning. Like at hundreds of these windowless megachurches across the nation, the song lyrics came up on the screen. I stood, singing in the dark.

How the LGBTQ Community Is Saving the Church

By Bill White
“What do you think is the value in LGBT people naming and defining their sexuality? How is that helpful or harmful for the heterosexual majority community and the church?”

Making Love Louder Than Hate

By Darren Calhoun

Tomorrow will mark my sixth year of being part of counter-protest efforts at the Chicago LGBTQ Pride parade. This effort started with the “I’m Sorry” campaign in 2010.  At that time, a group of people gathered together to apologize for the way the church has harmed LGBTQ communities.  

18 Ways to Love Your LGBTQ Siblings in Christ

By Logan Paiste

You’re a Christian pastor or campus ministry leader. You hold the traditional (sometimes called Side B) view of sexuality, but you want to be a safe person for LGBTQ folks. You want to know how you can show love to minority people like myself.

Needed: Straight/Cis Christians to Support LGBTQ+ Christians

By Beth Malena

Lately I’ve been having great conversations with straight cisgender Christians who ask how they can best support the LGBTQ+ Christian community.  These are important questions, and I’ve been hearing more and more innovative, contextual ideas. 

“A Letter to My Congregation” by Ken Wilson

Reviewed by Tim Otto

I just counted the books on my selves about faith and homosexuality: I have 51. I also just finished reading Ken Wilson’s A Letter to My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor’s Path to Embracing People Who Are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender into the Company of Jesus (David Crumm Media, 2014).

So That None Are Rejected

By Jonathan Beachy
A litany of lament, confession, and commitment to our brothers and sisters who are sexual minorities

Spirit of Truth, Come

By Shane Bauman

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples that he would be leaving them soon. The news of Jesus’ upcoming departure upset his disciples, and I can imagine their concern.

Generous Spaciousness: Wendy Gritter

Interview by Josh MacIvor-Andersen
I hope that anyone who is a follower of Jesus, regardless of whether they have experienced marginalization themselves, will see as an intrinsic part of the gospel that we are to go to the margins—whatever those margins may be. 

“Oriented to Faith” by Tim Otto

Reviewed by Maria Russell Kenney

The debate surrounding homosexuality is one of the most contentious in the contemporary church, polarizing communions both locally and globally.  Not surprisingly, most resources either locate themselves within a party line or sacrifice rigor for amiability. 

Resources for LGBTQ+ Christians

I Prefer Belonging

By John Betten

In the debate about queer sexuality in the church, queer people often feel as if our existence is denied when others talk as if there are no real gay Christians, or when homosexuality is dismissed as something like a mental illness or sinful mistake.

You Are Good

By Sue Gilmore

I worshipped in an evangelical church this morning. Like at hundreds of these windowless megachurches across the nation, the song lyrics came up on the screen. I stood, singing in the dark.

How the LGBTQ Community Is Saving the Church

By Bill White
“What do you think is the value in LGBT people naming and defining their sexuality? How is that helpful or harmful for the heterosexual majority community and the church?”

Naked at Church?

By Derek Kaser

Can people get naked at your church? Can they bare everything and still be accepted without hesitation?

Fear not—I’m not suggesting we should make room for streakers at church. I’m talking about emotional nakedness.

The Kingdom Family

By Tim Otto

Jesus’ own life and teachings underscore that marriage and family now take a back seat to the universal proclamation of God’s salvation and the formation of a new “first family”—a world-wide kingdom-building company, in which membership depends not at all on bloodlines, but on faith in the Messiah.

Good Friday

By Ben Barczi
Tonight I will be joining followers of Jesus throughout the world and throughout time as we remember the suffering of Jesus. Our hearts and minds will be drawn, once again, to consider that God is neither aloof nor distant

Be Ye Perfect

By Andy Saur
As a good Protestant, I have always read Jesus’ words captured here in the Gospel of Matthew as a call to righteousness—a proclamation to get my act together, gain control over my sin, and live a holy life.

How I Experience Being Gay as a Gift

By Ben Barczi
I don’t remember exactly when I realized I was gay. It was something I became aware of slowly, realizing somewhere during my middle school years that what I was feeling toward other guys was what people meant by “homosexual.”

So That None Are Rejected

By Jonathan Beachy
A litany of lament, confession, and commitment to our brothers and sisters who are sexual minorities

On Belonging

By Tevin Tietje

Belonging can be an odd thing to navigate for Christians in this world. We are told to be in the world but not of it. We were created to live here and instructed to multiply, to fill the earth.

Do I Have a Story?

By Joshua Gonnerman
A person’s story requires more than an understanding of what has happened up to this point. We also need a plot outline and trajectory, to help us sense how the rest of our lives might unfold.

Spirit of Truth, Come

By Shane Bauman

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples that he would be leaving them soon. The news of Jesus’ upcoming departure upset his disciples, and I can imagine their concern.

Love Renders Us Worthy

By Kristyn Komarnicki

Thomas Merton once wrote to Dorothy Day, “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business.

Get off the Line

By Tim Timmerman

It would be thinking too small to simply say that the seven men sitting around my living room are gay. All of us love Jesus. All of us are a part of a diverse Christian group of men who gather regularly.

Resources for parents

Webinar: Parenting Queer Kids

Speakers: Pei, John, Bill, and Tonya
A conversation with Christian parents about the joys & challenges of raising and relating to their LGBTQ children

Think Different

By John Seel
Life is spherical. It is lived in 3D. It is better understood from lived experience than from abstractions. It is messy, provisional, and intrinsically relational. These are the guiding insights of millennials…

Not About Me

By Brad and Drew Harper

Space at the Table: Conversations Between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son invites readers into the messy mixture of love and fear that both father and son experienced throughout the coming out process.