A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples

Human sexuality is among the most visible discipleship interests of our day. That is why the Make and Deepen Disciples team is pleased to launch Embrace.

Embrace will be a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and experiences which are in harmony with the ECC's adopted position, the center of which is "Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness—these constitute the Christian standard."

A special emphasis of Embrace will be equipping us to flourish in love for LGBTQ+/SSA individuals and communities. These resources will be curated and created by the Make and Deepen Disciples team. Although Embrace will take time to develop, we will progressively roll out resources, starting now.

As we develop Embrace, we hope to receive feedback from diverse voices, especially with regard to existing resources or experiences which you have found to be helpful and effective. Feel free to connect with us anytime at embrace@covchurch.org.

Upcoming Events

Revoice Conference

St. Louis, MO | July 26–28, 2018

The mission of Revoice is to encourage, support, and empower gay, lesbian, and other same-sex-attracted Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic, Christian sexual ethic.

Please note that although Revoice is not an initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church, the ECC will be present and the conference is open to all.

We will be hosting a special ECC dinner gathering Friday night during the conference. Register for the dinner here.

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Embrace Webinar Series

Thanks to all who have joined in our first three webinars including our most recent conversation with Pastor Dennis Edwards on “Just Sexuality: Exploring the Intersections Between Justice and Human Sexuality.” The recording is now available along with the additional resources.

We look forward to seeing you in June for our next webinar with Dr. Klyne Snodgrass, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at North Park University, about his latest book Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity. Our conversation will center on the question of how human sexuality and Christian Identity intersect. Registration is now open.

In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail us with questions or comments at embrace@covchurch.org and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on all things Embrace.

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Embrace Webinar #1: People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

Follow the link below to view the webinar recording along with the resources that were mentioned during the conversation.

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Embrace Webinar #2: Single Gay Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

Follow the link below to view the webinar recording along with the resources that were mentioned during the conversation.

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Embrace Webinar #3: Just Sexuality: Exploring the Intersections of Justice and Human Sexuality

Follow the link below to view the webinar recording along with the resources that were mentioned during the conversation.

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Embrace Webinar #4

Who God Says You Are: Christian Identity and Human Sexuality

Wednesday, June 13, from 12-1pm (CDT)

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Who are you? For Klyne Snodgrass, professor emeritus of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, this is the most important question a person can ask—the question from which everything else in life flows. And truly, we can only answer this question by looking up—who does God say you are? Klyne’s current passion is Christian identity and how it relates to every part of our discipleship journey—including the body and human sexuality. His recent book, Who God Says You Are: A Christian Understanding of Identity, was distributed at Midwinter 2018. Join us for a conversation with Klyne on who God says we are and how that intersects with questions of human sexuality.

Note: You can e-mail us questions in advance to be considered at embrace@covchurch.org.

This conversation will be facilitated by Michelle Sanchez, the Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC.

Presenter
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Dr. Klyne Snodgrass, professor emeritus of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS), served as a faculty member for 41 years (1974–2015) after receiving his PhD from the University of St. Andrews. He is recognized as a leading scholar for his work on New Testament parables, compiled in the comprehensive book Stories With Intent. He has also been an influential advocate for women in ministry and has authored several articles including “A Case for the Unrestricted Ministry of Women.” His other publications include the NIV Application Commentary: Ephesians. In his retirement, he has stayed connected to the seminary and has continued to teach. Read more about Klyne’s fruitful career at the Covenant Companion.

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Make and Deepen Disciples team — Facilitators
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Michelle Sanchez
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area, ministered to international students in New York City with Cru, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College.

We Want to Hear From You

As we develop Embrace, we hope to receive feedback from diverse voices, especially with regard to existing resources or experiences which you have found to be helpful and effective. Feel free to connect with us anytime at embrace@covchurch.org.

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