Conversations about LGBTI issues can be challenging within religious contexts. Negotiating these uncharted waters successfully requires wisdom and sensitivity. Few understand the specific nuances and complexities of the LGBTI community, sexuality and/or Christian beliefs and culture; particularly the interaction of these two.
Christian organisations. leaders, churches and denominations seeking to move to a place of welcoming LGBTI people need assistance to ensure the dialogue is not high-jacked by conservatives and polarisation is minimised within the church, denomination or organisation. Safe and respectful spaces need to be created to accommodate all people as we embark on this journey together.
For many years, founder of ABBI, Anthony Venn-Brown, was a pastor, and then became a popular preacher in Australia’s mega churches. He also founded Youth Alive (NSW) and was the founder/director of a national evangelistic ministry. Of recent times he has become one of Australia’s respected LGBTI community leaders and recognised numerous times for his work in the faith/sexuality space. Having been an integral part of these two often separate worlds has given Anthony unique insights. You’ll find his knowledge, expertise and approach invaluable.
Areas of consultancy include:
- Denominational leadership
- Local church pastoral teams
- Local church leaders
- Individual congregations
- Christian organisations and ministries
- Christian training and educational institutions.
- Assistance with communication, policy formation/documentation and media releases
Depending on where you are on this journey as an individual, church, denomination or organisation, it is important to first assess the specific needs of your situation and then custom design the program that will be of optimum benefit. You decide which levels you’d like us to work with and how. Agreed levels of privacy and confidentiality are always maintained.