Posture Shift Ministries, Inc. is a leading training and consulting resource for church and ministry leaders on LGBT+ inclusion and care. We serve leadership teams around the globe - including churches, private schools, camps, student and youth ministries, counseling teams, and other para-church ministries.
Want to first get a glimpse at our teaching? You can schedule Posture Shift Brief today for a live, virtual look at how Posture Shift can equip your team. This is an excellent way for executive leaders to assess our teaching and interact with our staff in a short two-hour time slot. Posture Shift Brief is available day or night in any time zone around the world.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
Our vision is Loving LGBT+ People in the Church. We are writing a new church history where Christian communities of faith and homes are the safest places for LGBT+ family and friends.
We achieve our vision via four missional goals: enhance church inclusion, increase family acceptance, protect against victimization, and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ lives.
Posture Shift resources foster safe churches. Guiding Families resources foster safe homes. Check out Events for offerings designed for pastors and leaders, as well as offerings for parents and families.
We believe the Bible calls us to honor God and generously love people. Holiness is the standard, and yet scripture tells us that "all fall short." We are all in need of forgiveness for both intentional and unintentional sins.
Jesus calls every one of us to repent (turn to God, surrender to His ways). Yet He never permits those who have been born again to weaponize their faith against other people. In Jesus' day, this was common. Many were propelled away from God due to condemnation from religious people. Jesus says He had to "leave the 99" to go get "the ones" who had been pushed away from God.
Sadly, mistreatment of people who need God's love happens today as well. To those who have been ostracized and condemned, Jesus has two messages. He invites us, "Come, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your soul." And He commands us, "Now, go and sin no more."
Jesus protects us from condemnation and mistreatment by religious people. And He calls us to surrender our whole heart, soul, strength and mind to the Lord.
Those of us who have received God's amazing grace ought to be the first to generously extend God's love to others. This invitation is available to every people group across our world - including LGBT+ family, relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Throughout scripture, position is what we believe and posture is how we treat others. Posture Shift Ministries, Inc. holds to a traditional biblical ethic regarding marriage and sexuality (position). With equal importance, we believe God calls us to offer His presence, love, care and protection to LGBT+ people (posture).
It's said throughout scripture countless times and in many different ways, and yet living out the gospel of Jesus Christ all comes down to faithfully honor God and generously love people.
10-Point Promise to LGBT+ people:
- We will never come into your community with an agenda.
- We will never discuss theology unless you seek such a discussion.
- We will never align our work or events against your events.
- We will never engage in political activities aligned against you.
- We have never and will never engage in reparative therapy.
- We will always encourage your parents to welcome you home.
- We will partner with you to prevent victimization of LGBT+ people.
- We will labor to prevent family rejection that leads to homelessness.
- We will collaborate to prevent bullying of LGBT+ young people.
- We will honor those who are Christian as our siblings in Christ.