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A Brief Guide to Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth

Despite our best efforts to create welcoming and affirming congregations, the reality is that church can still be a harmful place to LGBTQIA youth.

Inside A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth, author Cody J. Sanders challenges pastors and church leaders to reflect on the various trials that adolescence brings for LGBTQIA+ youth. Designed for congregations that currently have a theologically and biblically affirming stance toward the LGBTQIA+ community, this unique resource provides insight and practical advice for tough questions like:

  • How does an affirming stance toward LGBTQIA+ people affect the day-to-day experience of teenagers in a church setting?
  • In what ways can a church’s youth ministry have a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth who want to fully live out their Christian faith and their gender identity?
  • How can a pastor, youth minister, or youth ministry volunteer embrace, nurture, and provide skillful care for LGBTQIA+ youth in a congregation or community?

A glossary of terms to use when talking about LGBTQIA+ issues and a list of national and location resources that can be used to support LGBTQIA+ youth are included.

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