Our vision is to see the Church uphold traditional biblical teaching on sexual relationships and gender with understanding and compassion, so that Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria gain increasing acceptance, wholeness and maturity in faith within their local church
Our mission is to teach and encourage individuals, their families and friends as they deal with issues around same-sex attractions and gender dysphoria, working in partnership with Christian leaders and local churches to promote a biblical pattern for gender and sexual relationships
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Our teaching and support work seeks to be in accordance with biblical teaching.
Our understanding of the Bible’s teaching is that God’s design was the creation of two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:27) and that any sexual relationship outside of marriage between a man and a woman falls short of God’s plan for His creation (the “one-flesh” relationship, Genesis 2:24).
We are aware that many Christians are sexually attracted to members of the same sex and that others experience gender dysphoria, but are often afraid to admit it to themselves or other Christians. In particular, they fear rejection and condemnation.
We believe that one consequence of the Fall is brokenness in all areas of our lives, including our experience of gender identity, sexual attractions and relationships with people. The wounds arising from this inherent brokenness require God’s transforming touch - whatever our sexual attractions may be.
We believe the Christian good news is that ongoing transformation in all areas of our lives is possible through the work of the Holy Spirit within. Pastoral care and wise biblical counselling are tools that God uses in this process. Growth towards wholeness may involve a change in emotions, sexual feelings and gender identity, although we do not see it as our aim to 'cure' same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria and do not practice any form of so-called 'reparative therapy'
We do not believe a sexual relationship is essential for a meaningful life. We therefore seek to foster positive attitudes to singleness in the church.
Churches and individual Christians will honour the pattern for gender and sexual relationships established in Genesis 1:27 and 2:24 and reinforced throughout the Bible, recognising that any sexual relationship outside of marriage between one man and one woman falls short of God’s plan for His creation.
Individual Christians will mature in faith and will experience a growing sense of God’s grace and of their being fully accepted in Christ (Romans 15:7), regardless of any ongoing sexual or gender identity struggles.
Individual Christians and local churches will recognise that true freedom, contentment and wholeness are found by trusting and following Jesus Christ, rather than being defined by the absence of same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria.
Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria will embrace their true identity as being rooted in Christ, rather than in their sexual attractions or their experience of gender identity.
Churches, church leaders and youth workers will better understand the development of emotional and sexual feelings and behaviour, and be equipped to compassionately support those who face issues around sexuality and gender.
Churches and individual Christians will recognise that being single is as much a gift from God as is being married (1 Corinthians 7:7), and will lovingly support, encourage and value single Christians.
Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria will lovingly support one another in their pursuit of godly lives which honour Jesus Christ.
Churches will challenge prejudice, recognising that every Christian falls short of God’s glory and that sexual sins are not singled out in the Bible as being worse than other sins such as slander, greed and drunkenness (e.g. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Individual Christians and local churches will recognise the value and unique gifting of every follower of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7), including those dealing with sexual temptations or gender dysphoria.