Theology

The Gay Teen Test

The Gay Teen Test

What’s our vision for churches? That they would pass EQUIP’s Gay Teen Test. Our Gay Teen Test asks whether what gay teens in your church hear and see sets them up to fail or flourish. Does a mix of silence and hypocrisy in your church lead teens to reject a traditional sexual ethic and, often, God altogether because of their confusion, shame, fear, loneliness, and hopelessness? Or does your church courageously lead compassionate conversations about God’s love and plan for all people, setting up gay teens to embrace the beauty and the burden of the gospel?

Sexual Ethics & Empty Words

Sexual Ethics & Empty Words

EQUIP uses language popularized by the Gay Christian Network. “Side A”, “Side B”, and “Side X” shorthand is an attempt at value-neutral language that challenges unhelpful dichotomy. But what do each of these labels mean? And what does it look like for a church to embody each of these beliefs?

Is Singleness Good?

Is Singleness Good?

Theoretically? Yes. Practically? No. Our churches don’t teach the rich theology of lifetime singleness in Scripture and there is little support for celibate Christians, leading to painful results for the Church.

For you. For them. For EVERYONE.

For you. For them. For EVERYONE.

Pastors, potential donors, and friends often ask us, “I know you focus on equipping churches, but whom do you hope will benefit from the work? Non-Christian LGBT+ people? Gay Christians? Future generations?” Our answer: “All of them…but it’s complicated.”