Who We Are

Our Beliefs

Transforming Congregations originated within The United Methodist Church and we are faithful to its Biblical policies and positions. We are in agreement with statements about human sexuality found in the denomination's policy manual, the Book of Discipline.

 

At the most recent denominational legislative gathering - General Conference of 2012 - Discipline Section 161F was once again officially adopted: 

 

We affirm that sexuality is Godís good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.


Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only within the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage.


We deplore all forms of the commercialization, abuse, and exploitation of sex.  We call for strict global enforcement of laws prohibiting the sexual exploitation of children and for adequate protection, guidance, and counseling  for abused children.  All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured  and to be protected against violence.  The Church should support the family in providing age-appropriate education regarding sexuality to children, youth and adults.
 

We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All need the ministry of the church in our struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that Godís grace is available to all. We will live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us.

 

Because of the above statement about homosexual practice being incompatible with Christian teaching, The United Methodist Church does not permit same-sex unions/marriage services, nor does it permit the funding of pro-gay causes on the national or regional levels, nor does it ordain or appoint sexually active gay or lesbian clergy. Involvement in a publicly acknowledged, physically intimate same-sex is a chargeable offense for pastors, which can result in a loss of clergy credentials.

 

In addition to what The United Methodist Church affirms about homosexuality, Transforming Congregations also trusts in the hope and promise of 1 Corinthians 6:11 - that freedom from homosexual desire and behavior is possible through the grace and power of Jesus Christ, and that men and women can exchange a gay identity for that of a totally new creation in Him.

 

We also affirm the mandate of 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 - that sexual purity is a critical part of the Holy Spirit's work of sanctification in the believer, the local congregation, and the universal Body of Christ.


 

 

 

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Revised: January 30, 2013