January 29, 2015

01/30: Posture Shift - Boston

Lead Them Home is pleased to present our 4-hour Posture Shift seminar for 30 top Boston area church leaders on Friday, January 30. This is a private event. For more information on scheduling Posture Shift at your church or ministry, contact us.

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January 27, 2015

New Posture Shift Events!

Lead Them Home is pleased to announce our latest Posture Shift training seminars around the country. Our newest events include:

Boston (MA) Jan 30
Minneapolis (MN) Feb 8-11
Seattle (WA) Mar 11
Washington/Baltimore (MD) Mar 25
Vermont Apr 8
Los Angeles (CA) Apr 23
Kansas Apr 24 
Nebraska Jun 25-26

All Posture Shift events are private.

Families: Family Care Seminar will be featured at our Nebraska event. Interested families may contact us to inquire about attending Family Care Seminar.

Church Leaders: To schedule Posture Shift at your church, contact us today.

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January 26, 2015

The Value of Singleness

Lead Them Home continually casts the vision that the church must have a higher view of singleness. A friend of the ministry recently shared a Covenant College student's story that powerfully emphasizes this point: enjoy the story of Matthew Trexler.

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January 25, 2015

04/11: Family Care - New England

Lead Them Home is pleased to offer Family Care Seminar in New England on Saturday, April 11, from 9 am to 12 noon. To attend this event, contact us and share the reason for your interest in this event. The location is in south-central MA easily accessible from MA, RI and CT.

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January 23, 2015

Judging vs. Discerning

In response to numerous recent inquiries about the difference between judging people and discerning sin.

The warning against judgment should never cripple a church or ministry leader’s ability to teach the fullness of God’s Word. However, judgment occurs when we take a “hard truth” and only apply it toward certain persons – usually minority sinners, or people who sin in ways we do not. 

Paul confronts this reality in Romans 2:1-4 after giving quite a comprehensive review of the MANY ways that humans fall short of God’s glory and even twist His glory into our right to sin. He covers us all, but he knows the religious heart: we tend to only notice people who do things we do not do. To this, Paul makes the dramatic claim that we “do the same things.” What same things? 

When many well-meaning evangelicals try to level the playing field that we too are sinners, we tend to admit to sins such as lying, stealing, gossip, gluttony, greed, etc. While these truly are common sins, they are sins that distinguish us from those who do really bad sexual sins (in our subconscious way of comparing). 

When Paul says that we “do the same things,” he is hitting much closer to home. Like, for example, the rampant use of internet pornography among born-again evangelical identified males. Ah! We too might be minimizing or overlooking sexual sin. After all, pornography has become “every man’s battle." This slogan has slowly become one way we accommodate immorality. 

Everyone’s doing it! We can’t help ourselves. 

One pastor recently wrote to Lead Them Home saying: “I wish you would not talk so much about pornography. It might make men in your audience give up on God’s love and forgiveness.” Ah! This is an excellent point: now we are getting closer to understanding how many LGBTQ folks feel. After years of being bullied and rejected, how does it feel when a really hard, heavy truth is targeted at you

Strange that those of us who are born again and have God’s power and assurance of salvation try to diminish and hide from conviction for our sexual sins – and at the very same time, we use the hammer on gay people all too quickly. 

This is why Paul shifts from Romans 1 to Romans 2 saying primarily to religious people: “So when you a mere man pass judgment on them and yet do the SAME things, do you think you will escape the judgment of God?” This is nearly an identical parallel back to Jesus’ Matthew 7:1-2. Jesus put it this way: “With the measure you use, it WILL BE measured unto you.” 

How should we understand this? One hard way to understand it is this: if in your view there is no such thing as a gay Christian, then there is absolutely no such thing as a porn-using evangelical born-again male Christian.  That is a sobering thought - and doctrinal reality.

Where is the grace, you ask? It is here in Paul’s next words: “Or do you show contempt for the riches of God’s patience, tolerance and kindness not realizing that it is God’s kindness that is intended to lead you TOWARD repentance.” Toward implies a journey. A spiritual journey. One that may take years to fully unfold.  God, in His kindness, invites us to come into His grace no matter what we've done behaviorally. Do you believe this?

In light of these realizations, the warning against judgment stands firm – God is warning those of us who are saved ONLY by His Amazing Grace to refrain from our temptation to freely partake of a “big g” grace while simultaneously using a “big t” truth against others. 

Judgment, then, occurs any time we squash rather than nurture faith identity in Christ. With regard to gay people, we have for decades been really good at squashing their faith identity. No wonder they find such deep value in sexual identity.  Think about that: those of us who might tend to think there is no such thing as sexual identity actually fuel such identity when we reject, exclude and judge others.

We must be very sensitive about not falling into "discernment about truth" that too easily twists into judgment against people whom Christ is seeking. This is an offense to God. This sensitivity does not cripple any church leader’s ability to teach the fullness of God’s Word and clearly speak about what is moral or immoral. 

However, when we discuss sins that involve the few, we better get the comparatives right when considering the sins of the majority. In other words, we better remove the “us and them” aspect of how we teach and apply God’s Word. We must teach in a manner that flattens the ground at the foot of the Cross so that all are addressed equally…and so that all can have an opportunity to hear God’s great invitation: “Come to me ALL who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your soul.” 

To receive Jesus' spiritual rest, all of us must repent and surrender our whole heart, soul, strength and mind to God. In this we lose our life for sure, but we also GAIN true life: deep intimacy with and assurance from our Living Lord. This invitation is for everyone, but many wounded persons can miss hearing HIS invitation when they are targeted using the harder truths of scripture. 

Let the hardest truths fall upon those of us who are born again. And the hardest truth that is needed to be believed by the evangelical community today is that there is no true power of the Holy Spirit or true intimacy with Jesus where there is a porn epidemic. Many people want homosexuality to be more directly confronted in our churches today because of widespread and growing acceptance of gay marriage, but would it not be more appropriate for the much more rampant acceptance of pornography use to be confronted? 

This is how Lead Them Home processes the distinction between refraining from judging people while not losing right judgments or biblical discernment about what is or is not sinful.

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January 21, 2015

Christopher West: Boston

Christopher West, the world's leading expert on Pope John Paul's theology of the body, presents Our Bodies Proclaim the Gospel at Christ the Redeemer in Danvers (MA) on Jan. 31 9 am to 4 pm. 

Register to attend here. This is a really inspiring and critically important message.

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January 15, 2015

Annual Board Meeting

Lead Them Home trustees gathered this evening in Boston to review 2014 ministry growth and 2015 ministry goals. Our funding grew from around $95,000 in 2013 to over $150,000 in 2014. The board is currently finalizing a 2015 budget - expected to be $200,000 to $250,000. The number of church and ministry leaders we train and equip tripled in 2014 versus 2013.  We anticipate even more growth ahead.

Our funding sources are balanced between ministry services, church partners and general donors. Ministry services are the teaching seminars we offer including Posture Shift, Family Care and The Church That Saves Lives. It also includes our spiritual care of individuals and families and our rapidly growing church consulting work. We will be working to enhance product sales to expand our funding sources and equip more church and ministry leaders.

With this growth, it is becoming more critical that we hire new staff - a goal we hope to achieve within 60 days. We need church partners and general donors more than ever, so please support our work in 2015.

What does this growth have to do with the Gospel? Everything! When we equip and train leaders, they more effectively share Christ with LGBTQ/SSA persons in their own congregation and community. They reach many more people locally that we ever will. We train, equip and mobilize leaders to take Jesus to people within their direct reach.

Lead Them Home's trustees extend our gratitude for each donor and each church/ministry that trusted us to serve them well in 2014. We look forward to doubling our work in 2015. 

CHURCH LEADERS: To schedule Posture Shift at your church/ministry, contact us today.
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December 10, 2014

2014 News Summary



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Lead Them Home trained the national leadership teams of eleven (11) ministries, including denominations and campus/student ministries. Posture Shift was featured at several prominent conferences including                                             (NYC)                                       National Consultation, and                                   's National Leadership Summit.
Special thanks to                                        and                                               
for generously sharing and expanding our work.

                        Journal featured our work in May 2014.                                            Seminary incorporated Posture Shift into their pastoral psychology curriculum.                                   hosted our gay teen suicide prevention justice seminar, The Church That Saves Lives. Posture Shift was shared via Skype at                            Bible College. We are now providing manuscript feedback for professor                            's upcoming book on homosexuality.

We continued to equip church partners like                      (Boston) and                                                    (Houston). We presented Family Care seminar in Boston and Houston. This seminar helps parents and families build a strong relational witness to LGBTQ loved ones. We experienced high growth in our private consulting of church leaders across America. Finally, we continued to provide ongoing help to dozens of individuals and families.

For 2015, our Posture Shift events include four                                          regional conferences and                                 conference. Our other events will train national and regional ministries in addition to local church leaders all across America. 

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