While some churches debate the issue of homosexuality and others completely avoid it, struggling people fall through the cracks. This is a book for Christians and church leaders who want to rise above the debate and make a difference in the world by thinking, acting, and speaking in ways that express both redemptive truth and Christlike love.
Pastor Bill Campbell shares insights, tools, and practical guidelines for any congregation that wishes to see Christians positively influence how the larger culture frames the issue of same-sex attraction. He demonstrates how readers can converse in a truthful, loving, and insightful manner about such topics as the nature/nurture debate, law vs. grace, and Scripture's call to holiness. Campbell suggests ways churches can build ministry in leadership training, preaching, support groups, mentoring/counseling, and outreach.
Turning Controversy into Church Ministry provides the right blend of information, practical action steps, and guidelines for Christian renewal so that controversy about homosexuality can become the launchpad for vital ministry.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Putting Christ Back into "Christian" 11
Part 1 Analysis: Your Church, Christ's Body
1 The Feet: Where Your Church Stands 21
2 The Heart: How Your Church Cares 37
3 The Head: Who Your Church Follows 47
Part 2 Approach: Overcoming Controversy
Creation and Science: Did God Create Homosexuality?
4 The Landscape: The Grand Sweep of the Bible 65
5 The Source: The Genetics Question 80
Standards and Psychology: Which Norms Are Still Relevant?
6 The Law: Separating Temporal from Eternal 93
7 The Wisdom: Insights from Psychology 105
Compassion and the Church: Does God Really Care?
8 The Grace: Sodom Revisited 122
9 The Potential: Life-Changing Power 137
Part 3 Action: Building Ministry
10 Blueprint: Six Ministry Spheres 151
Foundation: What Every Church Needs
11 Motivation: Prayer 160
12 Vision: Leadership 167
13 Healing: Family Values 179
Structure: Your Unique Ministry
14 Growth: Mentors and Counselors 187
15 Support: Small Group Ministry 196
16 Celebration: Outreach 207
Conclusion: The Big Picture 215
Questions for Personal or Group Reflection 219
Additional Ministry Resources 224