Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning: Grace-Filled Wisdom for Day-to-Day Ministry

Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning: Grace-Filled Wisdom for Day-to-Day Ministry

by Bruce B. Miller


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Biblical Guidance for Ministering God’s Love in a Sexually Diverse Culture

In a time when sexual norms are changing rapidly, how can a local church be a place of grace—a loving community for all kinds of people—where everyone can flourish and disagreements are overcome in a Christlike spirit while at the same time stay true to biblical standards?

In a way that appeals to pastors and lay leaders alike, Bruce offers a biblical theology of sexuality and provides practical wisdom for how a church can approach ministering to, and alongside, people who identify their sexuality in diverse ways: LGBTQ+. Here is a church-tested program full of wise pastoral insights to help church leaders think through day-to-day decisions, such as how to handle baby dedications, small groups, who can serve, membership, baptism, retreats, the Lord’s Supper, weddings, funerals, teaching, hiring, and caring for those caught in sin. If you are a leader who is facing any of these challenging issues and decisions, then this practical, grace-filled book is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400210909
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,254,879
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Bruce Miller has been the pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, Texas, since 1997. He founded Centers for Church Based Training and helped develop The WISDOM Process©, a systematic way to think through issues and make decisions. Bruce taught theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and is the author of six books. He speaks at churches, organizations, and conferences about the culture’s changing views on human sexuality and the impact on the church. Bruce and his wife, Tamara, have five grown children and live in McKinney, Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Your Sexuality-Setting an Example 1

Chapter 2 Better than Sex-Providing Theological Leadership 9

Chapter 3 More than Pleasure-Leading Married Couples and Singles 18

Chapter 4 Same-Sex Sexuality-Leading People to Read the Bible Humbly 38

Chapter 5 Same-Sex Sexuality-Leading People to Understand Being "Gay" 51

Chapter 6 Same-Sex Sexuality-Leading People to Holy Ways of Living 71

Chapter 7 Jesus' Conversations with Sexual Sinners-Leading People to Communicate Like Jesus 86

Chapter 8 Hot Potatoes, Logs, and Stones-Leading Conversations with Our Posture 98

Chapter 9 Not in My Church-Leading Those Who Struggle Accepting LGBT+ People 110

Chapter 10 Sexual Sin and Healing-Leading Us as Sexual Sinners 124

Chapter 11 All in the Family-Leading an Inclusive Church Community 142

Chapter 12 Sexual Questions and Church Ministry-Leading in the Complexities 169

Chapter 13 Sexual Questions and Common Issues-Leading Wisely 189

Acknowledgments 221

Appendix-Sample Sermon Series Preparation 223

Notes 229

About the Author 247

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