Guide to Welcome LGBTQIA+ Youth & their Families
New Resource for Youth Ministry Professionals and Lay Leaders!
Did you know that the average lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual person comes out at the age of 16? This means that there is a high chance that you will have an LGBTQIA+ youth in your congregation.
Our new Guide to Welcome LGBTQIA+ Youth & Their Families will engage your faith community and equip it to provide helpful and appropriate care to LGBTQIA+ youth.
"For faith leaders - whether youth ministry volunteers or ordained ministers - accompanying youth on this journey is a sacred task, full of potential for spiritual growth, development, maturity, and clarity about the living of one's gender identity and expression. The process doesn't always have a linear point-A-to-point-B progression that we imagine when we think of 'coming out' stories. It is more often a process of discernment - like the discernment of a sense of call from a source that is beyond our control or volition."
- Cody Sanders, A Brief Guide to Ministry With LGBTQIA Youth