What do you say?
When Jacob, a high school senior and pillar of your youth group, confides to you that he’s attracted to other guys and isn’t sure what that means for his life going forward?
When Jacob’s parents ask you to help him "heal" from his same-sex attractions?
What do you do?
When Emma, a sophomore who's been coming to your youth group with a friend for the past couple months, comes out as transgender and asks you to start calling him "Em"?
When one of your deacons and his wife tell you that their daughter will no longer be attending youth group if Em is allowed to attend and identify as a boy?
How do you respond?
When a group of your most devoted students pull you aside after youth group one evening to express their concerns that the church holds a "hateful" position on LGBT people?
For youth ministers today who are committed to biblical orthodoxy, gospel outreach, and compassionate pastoral care for their students, these can be very complex questions. FirstLight has been serving churches in St. Louis for the past 15 years, and we are committed to helping pastors and other Christian leaders navigate these and other pastoral situations related to biblical sexuality with accuracy, empathy, and understanding.
If you serve in ministry to teenagers or their families, we invite you to join us for “A Place to Belong: Pastoral Care for LGBT/Same-Sex Attracted Teens and Their Families,” an all-day training & equipping event where you’ll have the opportunity to dialogue with others in local youth ministry, ask the difficult questions that have arisen over the course of your ministry, and learn from FirstLight’s experienced team of teachers and volunteers.
Main Speaker: Stephen Moss
Stephen says that he grew up as "an evangelical poster child," knowing all the right answers in youth group. But he had a secret. Evangelical poster children weren't supposed to be attracted to other guys. Through his experience as a college student and staff member with RUF, Stephen learned that the gospel of Jesus frees us to take off our masks, be honest, and find true love and intimacy within the Body of Christ.
Since first sharing his story publicly in 2013, Stephen has spoken and written about his experience as a Christian who is gay and celibate. He graduated with an M-Div from Covenant Seminary in 2016, and currently serves as Sexual Minority Ministry Coordinator for FirstLight Ministries in St. Louis. He is also Vice President of Operations for Revoice. Stephen lives in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood of St. Louis, and he's a member of Memorial Presbyterian (PCA).
Monday, November 5th, 9:30am - 4:30pm.
*Breakfast will be served starting at 9:00.
The Journey West County (625 Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021)
$45.00 per person (includes continental breakfast and Sugarfire BBQ lunch)
*Group discounts are available if more than one person attends from the same church / institution.
If you’re not familiar with FirstLight, you can read more about our beliefs and ministry philosophy here: What We Believe