A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (Sanders)

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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.


Cody J. Sanders
is Pastor of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square. He holds a PhD in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and is the author of Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives, which received a 2014 National Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and co-author of Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church.

Publisher: Westminister John Knox Press
Pub date: August 2017
Paper, 6" x 9", 118 pages
ISBN: 9780664262501

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