Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality

Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality

by William P. Campbell


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Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by William P. Campbell

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310321323
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

W. P. Campbell (DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He has been researching, debating, and writing about the issue of homosexuality and the church for more than twenty years and is deeply concerned about the damage inflicted on individuals, congregations, and whole denominations over this debate. In addition, he has written extensively for Connections (www.scripture-connections.org) and serves as a resource specialist on the advisory board of OneByOne, a ministry that equips churches to bring truth and grace to those who struggle with same-sex attraction. Bill and his wife, Lin, live in western North Carolina and have three children.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgments 9

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

Notes 227

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