Embrace

Human Sexuality Discipleship

Embrace is a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and learning experiences which are in harmony with the adopted position of the Evangelical Covenant Church, the center of which is “Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness-these constitute the Christian standard.”

A special emphasis of Embrace is equipping our church to flourish in love for LGBTQ+/SSA/sexual minority* individuals and communities. Embrace resources will be progressively curated and created by Make and Deepen Disciples.

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*A note on language: We recognize that in conversations about human sexuality, various constituencies use words and definitions in different ways. Meaning matters, and the careless use of language can hinder true communication. With Embrace, we make an effort to curate and create resources that utilize a full range of human sexuality vocabulary interchangeably in order to make space for everyone.

May is Embrace Emphasis Month

This May, we are kicking off our first-ever Embrace Emphasis Month. Human sexuality and gender are ongoing discipleship conversations within the Covenant. Embrace emphasis month elevates these discipleship conversations by featuring new and existing resources. Our hope is that every May, the Embrace team will host a series of special events and launch new resources to emphasize our Covenant commitment to faithful sexual discipleship and to flourish in love with people who identify as LGTBQ+.

Embrace Webinar #25

We are excited to have Rachel Joy Welcher, author of Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality, on our next Embrace webinar on Thursday, May 5.

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Ministry with Transgender Youth

Adolescents who identify as transgender or gender-fluid are rapidly increasing in number. They often feel misunderstood and unseen in our churches. If you are wondering how to best serve them, join us for this interactive seminar. We will explore the cultural trends of this significant adolescent issue, examine how Scripture impacts how we approach the topic, and develop a path forward in ministry.

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Embrace for Kids and Families

Embrace for Kids and Families is a new suite of age-appropriate resources to support children (ages 2–12) and their parents/caregivers in discipleship conversations related to the body, sexuality and gender. The suite will be curated over time and age-appropriate resources will cover topics such as consent, reproduction, understanding the body, protection from sexual abuse, pornography, and more.

Embrace Show Notes

Embrace webinars promote dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to faith, gender and sexuality. Embrace show notes for webinars #1-24 in English and Spanish will be available by the end of May to make the webinar series more accessible to a larger audience. Show notes provide you with a webinar summary, key takeaways and timestamps in one to two pages. This is a great resource for pastors, parents, and leaders who want to learn from guests and are limited in time.

Webinars

This section promotes healthy dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to our faith, gender, and sexuality. Each webinar is hosted by a member of the Make and Deepen Disciples team, and each guest is in harmony with the adopted position of the ECC. Upcoming webinars are announced first to the Embrace mailing list, so don’t forget to sign up here.

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Upcoming Webinars

Adolescents who identify as transgender or gender-fluid are rapidly increasing in number. They often feel misunderstood and unseen in our churches. If you are wondering how to best serve them, join us for this interactive seminar. We will explore the cultural trends of this significant adolescent issue, examine how Scripture impacts how we approach the topic, and develop a path forward in ministry.

Join us for a conversation with Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer on their book Winsome Conviction: Disagreeing Without Dividing the Church.

We are excited to have Rachel Joy Welcher, author of Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality, on our next Embrace webinar on Thursday, May 5.

Head | Embrace Understanding

Grow in biblical and theological understanding

Heart | Embrace Love

Create safe and compassionate space for relational connection

Hands | Embrace Service

Make a difference with and for those who have been sexually marginalized or abused

Sexual Wellness

Promote health and healing in personal sexuality

Youth Ministry

Support teens and their families as they navigate their unique challenges of developing sexuality

Pastoral Tools

To help pastors lead, preach/teach, and care well in the area of human sexuality

Featured Resources

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace PEOPLE TO BE LOVED: WHY HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT JUST AN ISSUE By Dr. Preston Sprinkle In the midst of contemporary debates about homosexuality, Christians are looking for resources that are based solidly on a thorough study of what Scripture says. In People …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace FINDING COMMON GROUND ON LGBTQ+ MINISTRY By Randall Wilkins with contributions from Make and Deepen Disciples and a feedback team Rooted in the values expressed in our six Covenant affirmations, the Evangelical Covenant Church has historically sought to find common ground on …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace A BRIEF HISTORY OF LGBT+ VICTIMIZATION By Lead them Home This resource produced by Lead them Home helps us develop a missional posture—and understand the depth of need for justice actions—by gaining a working understanding of the history of LGBT+ people and …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace GUIDING FAMILIES OF LGBT+ LOVED ONES By Bill Henson This 140-page illustrated guide is a treasure trove of practical insights on how to honor God and deeply love the LGBT+ people in your life. It covers a number of topics, including how …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace GRACE/TRUTH 1.0: FIVE CONVERSATIONS EVERY THOUGHTFUL CHRISTIAN SHOULD HAVE ABOUT FAITH, SEXUALITY AND GENDER By Dr. Preston Sprinkle This is a five-week small group learning experience which introduces Christians to LGBTQ+/SSA people, explains language to use and avoid, presents a biblically faithful …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace Evangelical Covenant Church LEADER’S GUIDE SUPPLEMENT FOR GRACE/TRUTH 1.0. By the Embrace Team with feedback from a diverse group of Covenant readers The Embrace team has solicited feedback about Grace/Truth 1.0 from a diverse group of Covenant readers. This Evangelical Covenant Church …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace OUR BODIES TELL GOD’S STORY By Christopher West Christopher West, a Catholic theologian, explores Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body and offers helpful insights into the mystery of sex and marriage through the lens of the Imago Dei (Image of …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY VIDEO SERIES This youth curriculum is a 12-part, video-based, comprehensive discipleship experience that will help youth leaders, mentors, and parents engage their youth in one of the most important conversations of our age. Learn More Embrace Home Webinars Resource Suites Head Heart Hands Sexual Wellness …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace EMBRACE FOR YOUTH CASE STUDIES This resource was developed by Covenant youth workers, inviting quality discussion among leaders about how to better care for people in your churches and communities who identify as LGBTQ+. These case studies are based on real-life situations …

A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples Embrace EQUIP VIRTUAL COURSE Learn how to better serve the sexual minorities in your church and life using over 40 different videos and articles, including a 16-video series with customized handouts for parents and pastors. For just $50, parents and pastors can deepen …