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A Biblically Sound, Relationally Honoring Guide
When LGBT+ loved ones come out, parents can experience shock. Fear and grief can disable their initial reaction. Emotions erupt. Hurtful words spill. Trust is damaged. Relationships become disconnected. Meanwhile, in the church, LGBT+ people often face impossible hurdles and suspicion about their faith. One courageous disclosure can be met with a response that communicates, “I don’t understand you.”
Guiding Families resources offer a relationally honoring, biblically sound path forward.
Our resources will help you to respond well when LGBT+ people come out; build a support team for LGBT+ loved ones and their families; and engage LGBT+ individuals in a trusting relationship over the long term.
For Every Pastor, Parent, & All Who Care
Enhance Church Inclusion
Guiding Families rejects an “us vs. them” mentality for the truth that LGBT+/SSA youth are “us” – our students, teens, and children.
Increase Family Acceptance
Christian parents have an opportunity to accept, rather than reject, their children – even while holding to their biblical beliefs.
Protect Against Victimization
LGBT+ youth are at increased risk for suicidality, bullying, family rejection, & homelessness – risks pastors & parents can reduce.
Nourish Faith Identity
When youth have a stable, loving, safe environment in which to understand their identity, there is room to get to know Jesus Christ.
"My number one go-to resource for leaders, pastors, parents, and friends with LGBT+ loved ones."
Dr. Preston Sprinkle
President, The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender
"Don’t let the accessible format and practical guidance fool you — Guiding Families is a great work of theology!"
Rev. Branson Parler, Ph.D.
Professor of Theological Studies, Kuyper College, Director of Faith Formation, Fourth Reformed Church
"...an invaluable treasure trove of information and wisdom."
Dr. Nate Collins
Ph.D in New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, author of All But Invisible
“I long for a world in which every Christian who holds a traditional sexual ethic loves their LGBTQ neighbors with the kind of sensitivity and compassion modeled in this book.”
Gregory Coles, Ph.D.
Author of Single, Gay, Christian
Meet The Author
Bill Henson is founder of Lead Them Home and creator of the nationally leading Posture Shift seminar. He has trained over 60,000 Christian leaders on biblically sound LGBT+ inclusion and care, and has guided 5,000 families over the last 15 years.
Bill Henson trains national, regional and local ministry teams across North America to extend Christ to LGBT+ people.
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