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LOVEboldly Church
Partnership Program

The LOVEboldly Church Partnership Program aims to create strong, collaborative relationships between churches, congregations, and other groups and LOVEboldly. Each congregation and LOVEboldly agree to provide support to each other consistent with their capacity and ability. The inherent goal of the program is to develop bonds based on trust, rather than on transactions.

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LOVEboldly’s Commitments to Partner Churches

  • LOVEboldly will provide resources to partner churches including, but not limited to, its regularly scheduled slate of programs.

  • LOVEboldly will work with partner churches to create and customize trainings for the specific congregation or circumstances.

  • LOVEboldly will consult and coach with partner churches and their leadership teams as needed.

    • Full consultation processes and ongoing coaching engagements may incur other costs but will be fully discussed with individual partners seeking those services.

    • Partner churches and their ministry leaders will be given priority for scheduling consultation processes and ongoing coaching.

  • LOVEboldly will recognize partner churches on in its website and in its digital and print resources where appropriate.​ (Please note that only churches which are affirming according to LOVEboldly's standards will be included on our Affirming Church List. Partner Churches need not be fully affirming, but should be working towards that goal.)

Partner Churches Commitments to LOVEboldly

  • Support LOVEboldly as a mission partner with an investment from one of the tiers listed in the Church Partner Booklet 2024.

  • Promote LOVEboldly and its programming to the congregation via its website, social media, bulletins, and word-of-mouth.

  • Place a link to LOVEboldly website on the congregation’s website.

  • Make available at least one opportunity per year for Dr. Ben Huelskamp to preach and share the mission and ministry of LOVEboldly with your congregation

Become a partner church!

We would love to partner with you to help your church become a place where LGBTQIA+ people can flourish! Email our Executive Director, Ben Huelskamp to become a partner!

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Church Requirements
for Participation

  1. The congregation must recognize the inherent humanity, worth, and dignity of LGBTQIA+ as created in the image and likeness of God.

  2. The congregation must not engage in or support attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQIA+ people.

  3. *The congregation must be committed to the full affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life of their community. LOVEboldly defines "full affirmation" as:

    • Allowing LGBTQIA+ people to be ordained, fellowshipped, rostered, etc. as clergy.

    • Allowing LGBTQIA+ people to serve in all leadership roles including the offices of pastor, elder, deacon, and bishop.

    • Allowing LGBTQIA+ people to be married in the life of the congregation and on church property.

*Congregations which currently do not or cannot meet these requirements are still welcome to become church partners with LOVEboldly if they are actively moving in the direction of being fully affirming. LOVEboldly will only include partners who are fully affirming on its list of affirming churches.

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