LOVEboldly creates "brave space" to enter into a discussion we often don't handle well as church leaders, or that we enter into with only those who share our views. If you honestly want to love the LGBTQ+ community with the love of Jesus Christ, even if you hold the view that marriage is between a man and a woman, this conference is for you. The speakers are real and vulnerable and many share from their own personal experience. There is space for you to enter in and share as much as you feel comfortable, allowing God to meet you where you are in your own faith journey. There is no agenda to change your theology, only an agenda to help you love boldly with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
– from a 2019 Devoted attendee (ministry leader from Dayton, OH)
How do we navigate disagreement regarding theological perspectives on sexuality and gender identity within our church communities? Is it possible to maintain a traditional Biblical view on sexuality, yet remain devoted to those who identify as LGBTQ+? Can Christians with an affirming view continue to serve and thrive alongside brothers and sisters who hold a more conservative view? What are the commonalities in our beliefs? What would Jesus actually do?
Christian leaders are navigating tricky dynamics in the pastoral care of LGBTQ+ youth and adults. They often feel conflicted by personal beliefs, expectations from beloved congregation members, and guidance from denominational leadership and fellow clergy. Many pastors, young adult ministers, elders, and volunteer leaders question how to provide effective pastoral care to the LGBTQ+ people in their community. Join us for a seminar that will equip you to take practical steps towards loving the LGBTQ+ people in your community with a new boldness, while avoiding common pitfalls that erode relationships, harm faith communities, and damage those who identify as LGBTQ+. Come experience how God works in us when we step out of our comfort zones, break free from our echo chambers, and step into the tension that comes with tough conversations.
We are so honored to partner with our stellar lineup of speakers - a beautiful mix of varied backgrounds and experiences who hold differing viewpoints on a topic that is causing much division in The Church.
What Would Jesus Do? A Biblical Perspective on Loving Our LGBTQ+ Neighbors
Transgender/Non-binary Experiences: Fact vs. Myth
Creating Safety in the Church
Two Views of Sexual Ethics
Date & Location Details:
DEVOTED is a two-day event that will take place at Grace Point Community Church in Lewis Center, Ohio (north of Columbus near the Polaris Mall) on Thursday, November 4, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday, November 5, from 8:30 am to 12:40 pm.
Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more. Contact Heather at email@example.com for pricing.
We would regret if finances prevented your attendance at any of our events, so we are thrilled to share that we have a number of scholarships available this year! If you would like to apply, please complete the application form here.
Gregory Coles is the author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation (InterVarsity Press, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in central Pennsylvania, where he works as a writer, speaker, editor, baker, and worship leader. You can follow his authorial activities on Facebook or at gregorycoles.com.
Dave Kuta is a Ministry Assistant at Vineyard Columbus with the Care Ministries Team where he oversees their support and recovery groups. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who did his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and has a Master’s of Education from the University of Dayton. Dave and his wife have been married for almost 17 years and they have a 13-year-old daughter. His passions include helping others experience healing through God’s love, mercy, and wisdom, and giving hope and encouragement to those who are in despair. His interests include sports, animals, history, reading, and volunteer work.
Rachel Dew cares deeply for those on the margins and has always valued building bridges of learning, understanding, and friendship between diverse groups of people. She credits her children with giving her the courage and motivation to develop her voice as an everyday advocate for inclusivity, equity, and justice in her community.
Her journey of acceptance with her transgender child, and the subsequent hurt she experienced in the church, has given her a heart for coming alongside Christian parents of LGBTQI children to provide a safe space of love and support. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Ohio University and a certificate in Leadership and Theology from the Vineyard Institute.
Lyndon Parker (they/them) completed a Certificate in Christian Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2018. They live in Delaware, Ohio, and currently lead groups on the topic of LGBT+ at the church they attend. In collaboration with Generous Space Ministries in Canada, Lyndon facilitates the inaugural Generous Space group in the United States. Generous Space groups provide opportunities for people with different sexual orientations, gender identities, and theological views to practice loving and understanding each other in postures of generous space: humility, hospitality, mutuality and justice. They are in the initial steps of forming Circle Ministries which seeks to help create a place for healing, learning and inclusion of LGBT+ people in the traditional church. While Lyndon came out as gay in the 1980s, they have only recently embraced their transgender identity.
Jon Morgan is the pastor of Hope Collective Church, a new and affirming congregation in Dayton, Ohio. He received a BA in Music Education from BGSU and a Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. As an ordained elder of United Methodist Church, he currently serves as a Cultural Coach for the denomination. With the life motto, “Seeing People as People”, Jon is passionate about helping people discover their sacred worth and calling. Jon’s hobbies include playing disc golf, listening to records, and watching sports. His favorite athletes are his three sons: Micky (17), JJ (15), and Eli (13). Jon and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 20 years.
Aaron Munson is a licensed school counselor and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) who provides virtual counseling for people who are struggling to reconcile their faith and their sexuality/sexual orientation. Aaron also leads a parent group for parents of LGBTQ+ kids to support them on their faith journey as they seek to love their kids well. This work is important to Aaron because he identifies as gay. In light of his traditional sexual ethic, Aaron responded to God's prompting to enter into a mixed orientation marriage to his favorite human, Liz, and they have two incredible and curious children. Although Aaron has a traditional sexual ethic, he doesn't push others to believe the same, as he recognizes every encounter with God is different, and every person's story is unique. To that end, Aaron and Liz are both passionate about helping the church love those in the LGBTQ+ community, and making churches safe places for queer people.