It’s been an interesting week, with my new bullying book releasing yesterday, and doing a two day show about bullying with Focus on the Family…
But honestly, my mind is on tonight.
Tonight and tomorrow my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and Caleb Kaltenbach are joining together with me to speak to church leaders about reaching LGBTQ youth at our Anchored Leadership Conference.
We are excited, yet nervous, about this event because we know emotions run high when you bring up this subject (it’s like bringing up politics at dinner). But we think it’s worth it because we know so many of us in the church are desperate for resources and training in what it really looks like to love LGBTQ people like Jesus loved people, without abandoning our theology. (And I’m so glad to have Sean, Greg and Caleb embarking on this journey with me.)
People can still register to stream the event– so join us “virtually” if you like- REGISTER TO STREAM IT HERE. (Streaming can be watched live tonight or tomorrow, or after 3 days it can be replayed once for a week).
Thanks so much for your prayers!
I don’t know the last time I was this excited about teaching at a conference. Maybe it’s because it’s something we are sooooooooo passionate about, reaching young people who identify as LGBTQ+.
This isn’t your typical conference. It’s just something my friends Sean McDowell, Greg Stier and I were talking about… and we were like, “Let’s do it!”
And so we did.
I’m talking about the Anchored Leadership Conference in just a couple weeks on November 2 and 3… either in SoCal or live-streamed that week (if you can’t watch it live, you can actually replay it once that week for up to one week).
We put together the conference because it’s addressing hands down the biggest issue we’ve been getting questions about in the last two years. Questions like:
- Out of 20 kids in my youth group, three or four of them identify as another gender. How do I handle this when we divide to “gender-specific” small groups?
- A lesbian in our youth group wants to lead worship? How do I respond?
- I want to teach our kids about Biblical sexuality. Will I be a hater if I teach one man and one woman?
The list goes on.
But here’s the exciting aspect: youth groups are full of lost kids, both straight and gay, cisgender and transgender… and all of them are looking for meaning. Jesus can provide that meaning and identity in their life.
Are you pointing them to Jesus?
We’re excited to provide a little bit of help to leaders in this area.
I’ll be talking about culture & identity, Sean will be talking about the Bible as our authority, and Greg will be sending us off with how to reach out to our community. In addition, we have testimonies and panels from other great speakers and youth workers.
Find out more on AnchoredLeadershipConference.com
In the last few months, in preparation for our upcoming Anchored Leadership Conference, I’ve been conducting interviews with people who are effectively reaching out to young people identifying as LGBTQ. I’ve been engaging in these conversations for several reasons:
- I want to learn as much as I can about how to help this hurting group of young people.
- I want to know how loving ministries can answer tough questions, like Continue reading “Two Completely Different Theologies… both Reaching LGBTQ Kids” »
Many of you have heard the buzz… I mentioned it in my blog once prior… I talked about it on Facebook… and now it’s official. It’s happening in California November 2nd and 3rd:
Sean, Greg and I have been hearing the same questions from pastors and youth workers over the last year:
“What do I say to the kids in my youth group who say they’re ‘pan’ and the student who identifies as a different gender?”
“How can I Continue reading “Helping leaders reach LGBTQ youth” »