Who We Are

Our Purpose

 

 

 

Equipping the Church

to model and minister sanctified sexuality

through

Biblical instruction ...

Personal and Public Witness ...

Compassionate Outreach

 

 

Transforming Congregations' mission statement is the driving motivation behind all that we are and do.

 

Equipping the local church


Our overarching goal is to provide local churches the knowledge and resources they need to effectively minister grace and truth to the sexually confused, broken and sinful in their congregations and communities. Therefore we do almost no one-on-one work with individuals or families, though we do offer referral and prayer to anyone that contacts us. As long as ministries of sexual redemption remain a primarily parachurch concern and effort, the Body of Christ as a whole will fail to meet the needs of confused, trapped and hurting people.

 

to model and minister sanctified sexuality


As Western culture continues to spin out of control sexually, it's critically important that local churches understand the role sexuality plays in Christian sanctification - the journey into purity, wholeness and Christ-likeness that is essential to maturing in faith.  Often, Mainline critics and leadership - even some evangelicals - dismiss the church's decades long battle over human sexuality as trivial, a minor distraction that keeps us from our true mission of making disciples.  But even a cursory reading of Scripture, especially Paul's letters to the early church, indicate otherwise. 


In 1 Thessalonians, he writes that sexual immorality (and his readers would have understood the Greek word to include both same-sex and opposite-sex behaviors) is to be avoided.  In most other respects, the Thessalonians were faithful believers. They were respected throughout the broader Christian community, they had experienced powerful works of the Holy Spirit in their midst, and they had suffered persecution for their beliefs.  Even so, they still apparently failed to live sexually redeemed lives.  Paul assures them that they can never hope to be fully sanctified unless they willingly submit their sexuality to God's transforming work of grace.  And he warns them that failure to do so will displease God, insult the Holy Spirit, and blur the boundary between Christianity and the rest of the pagan world. 

 

Poll after poll has shown that when it comes to pornography addiction, extra-marital affairs, teen sex or divorce, those that claim to be Christian demonstrate little difference from the rest of the world.  Unless the church commits to "cleaning up its own act," those trends are likely to continue and perhaps even worsen.

 

through Biblical instruction ...  personal and public witness  ... compassionate outreach


We believe that a Biblical understanding of human sexuality is key to an effective ministry of healing, freedom and change for sexual strugglers.  So we constantly review and recommend printed resources that would be useful for a church library or for group study and discussion, and we track and link to websites that contain helpful ministry information.  In past years, we published an educational journal that addressed sexuality issues in church and culture.  And we also have a speaker's bureau of folk who are available to preach or teach during your Sunday services or other church events.


The church is called to contend for the faith "once for all delivered to the saints," and that includes taking a stand for and speaking out about the Biblical truth about sexuality.  We're also called to be "salt" and "light" in a dark and decaying culture. That's what we mean by witness - calling God's people and the culture back to His revealed will.  So, our staff, volunteers and other ministry supporters never hesitate to share their testimonies of freedom and healing.  Since the battle for truth is being fiercely fought in The United Methodist Church and throughout the Body of Christ, we also network with other denominational and Christian groups to advocate for traditional moral teaching and practice. And though the ministry does not take direct secular political action, we occasionally alert people to pertinent cultural and public policy issues.


But knowing Biblical truth, and even speaking out about it, is not enough.  The church also needs to reach out with compassion to a sexually compromised world.  Many churches don't even know how to get started, and that's where our "Forward into Ministry" model and workshop can help. Through lecture, video and small group discussion, church leaders learn six steps for starting sexual purity ministry and consider how it might be implemented in their local congregation or community. 

 

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Revised: July 03, 2013