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We guide your church to become a place where gay Christians thrive according to God’s wisdom.

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Through long-term partnerships that leads to long-lasting results, your church can prevent the wounds of the closet, raise the bar for sexual stewardship, and ensure that vocational singles find lifelong family, not loneliness.

What’s the challenge?

Parents of gay kids are asking pastors like you for help. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and alone—afraid to say or do the wrong thing but pressured from all sides to take action.

Pastors are spread thin across many priorities but still need more expertise to confidently lead these important conversations. Equip is here to carry some of that burden as you do the hard work of educating your congregation about sexuality and caring for each family’s needs individually.

5

Average number of years gay teens spend in the closet without the love and wisdom of parents, alone with the lies of the Enemy and culture.

5

Gay teens are at 5 times greater risk of attempting suicide compared to their straight peers.

54

Percentage of LGBT+ people who grew up in the Church and have left the faith.


See our solution

With Equip, you have a subject matter expert on your side. We’ll help your church prevent the wounds of the closet, raise the bar for sexual stewardship, and ensure that vocational singles find lifelong family, not loneliness—through long-term partnership that leads to long-lasting results.

Beginning with the signature Equip Blueprint Process, our team will leverage decades of personal and professional experience to walk alongside church leaders step-by-step. Together, we will anticipate landmines, develop a careful strategy customized for your church, and get real, long-lasting results through an ongoing partnership.

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Testimonials

Equip went far beyond simple platitudes or quick fixes. Instead we encountered a wholistic approach to thinking and then responding well from a posture of both orthodoxy and empathy when it comes to sexual identity and sexual ethics. We were challenged to think more broadly and deeply about the foggy and often inconsistent ways that these ideas have been typically discussed.

Jason Pagel
Teaching Minister, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, Nashville, TN

The work Pieter and his team are doing at Equip comes from a place of theological soundness, therapeutic wisdom, and lived experience. Their work is worth exploring!

Laurie Krieg
Speaker & Author of An Impossible Marriage

Equip is uniquely situated to be a voice for biblical fidelity in matters of Christian faith, church, and human sexuality. Pieter has often helped me understand the challenges of human sexuality and the possibilities for all of us to submit our sexualities to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter
Bishop of the Anglican Churches for the Sake of Others & Author of Deep Peace: Finding Calm in a World of Conflict and Anxiety

There are precious few resources for gay Christians who want to live within traditional Christian sexual ethics. Equip is one of those few, and its many perspectives on celibacy, in particular, and how our churches need to devote much more loving attention to the question of how best to support and honor celibacy as a time-honored Christian calling are invaluable.

Rev. Dr. Wesley Hill
Author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

The expertise, personal attention, and theological acuity of Pieter and the Equip team are truly priceless. Their expertise, personal attention, and theological acuity are truly priceless. Their continued posture of learning, along with a multi-generational, holistic vision for the local church, give me hope for our future. I wholeheartedly encourage every local church to partner with Equip’s work.

Dr. Yucan Chiu
Pastor & Director of the Ethnos Network

Equip is the leading voice in the church when it comes to helping LGBT+ followers of Jesus live out their lives in faithful obedience to God’s commandments. Equip creatively and expertly guides the church and its leaders to navigate the challenging terrain of honoring God’s sexual ethic while honoring the dignity of each son and daughter of God.

Rev. Dr. Greg Peters
Professor at Biola University and Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Equip is an essential resource for Christian parents, ministers, and lay people alike. I recommend it to clients, friends, and family and am so grateful for the work Equip is doing for the body of Christ!

Dr. Julia Sadusky
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Author of Emerging Gender Identities

Pieter Valk and Equip are providing a crucial service to the Body of Christ in these fraught and confusing times. I commend Pieter for his bold and compassionate voice. We need that now more than ever.

Dr. Leonard Allen
Dean of Lipscomb University College of Bible & Ministry

How We Help

We help churches prevent the wounds of the closet and raise the bar for everyone’s sexual stewardship.
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Our Beliefs

God has revealed His wisdom for every person’s sexual stewardship through the Church and the Scriptures, including God’s good and weighty wisdom for gay people.
What we Believe

Our Offerings

Private group classes, a virtual course, and printable resources from a collaborative team. Get started now.
Our Resources

Coming Up

June 2, 2024

Equip Board Fundraiser

Virtual
PRIVATE

 

June 10, 2024

Equip Webinar

“‘Mom, Can Two Boys Get Married?’ and Other Qs Kids Ask”

Virtual
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June 13, 2024

Christian Leaders Workshop

“Gender Ethics”
Local Church
Illinois
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June 14, 2024

Elder Board Presentation

Local Church
Illinois
PRIVATE

June 25, 2024

Church Leader Training

Calvary: The Hill
Seattle, WA
PRIVATE

July 11, 2024

Equip Board Meeting

Vritual
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Sponsor a one-time training, monthly pastor coaching, a church Blueprint, or learn more about other ways to support Equip. Your contribution helps us equip Christian leaders to better care for gay people. We want to see every church become a place were gay Christians thrive according to God’s wisdom.

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Ready to take the first step towards equipping your church to better care for gay people?
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