Ministry With The Same-Sex Attracted

Churches increasingly need to know how to faithfully minister to those who are same-sex attracted.

Sam Allberry, Christopher Yuan and Rosaria Butterfield are all either same-sex attracted or have lived a homosexual lifestyle. They are all also committed followers of Jesus and committed to a biblical understanding of sexuality. Their past experiences, or orientation, give them credibility when addressing questions about the church’s relationship with same-sex attracted people.

In this 9 Marks article, they are asked how they would pastor or disciple a SSA person differently from someone else, how SSA people can be integrated into the church, how the legalisatin of samesex marriages has impacted pastoring single people and whether they encourage same-sex attracted people to pursue biblical marriage.

There is wisdom here that every pastor will need.

Boy Erased

Boy Erased is a movie based on Garrard Conley’s book of the same name, telling the true story of a Baptist pastor’s son who “came out” as being homosexual and was subjected to “conversion therapy”.  As you might expect, it is not positive about either his father’s faith or the conversion therapy – and maybe with good reason.

Read this critique of the movie.

Two valuable events coming up

Please do look at the coming events section of the AFFIRM website for more information about:

The Sam Allberry Tour, 7-16 September

Sam is a founder of Living Out and the author of Is God Anti-Gay? He will be in New Zealand to help us think through the issues of same-sex attraction and the church’s stance.

The Pre-Assembly Conference, 2 October

Always inspirational and encouraging, the pre-Assembly conference is worth registering for.

Please do what you can (Facebook, word of mouth etc) to publicise these events.

Sexuality and Spirituality

Juli Slattery

Obviously, there are huge questions facing the church in the area of sexuality.

Juli Slattery talks here about linking sexuality with our spirituality. Jesus used all sorts illustrations for spiritual purposes and sexuality is no different. Some of the difficulties we have addressing these issues stem from not having the broader understanding of sexuality.

Listen to the interview.

Rebuilding the website


The Presbyterian AFFIRM website has been hacked so we are rebuilding it.

That means that not everything will be available immediately but we are working on it. If you want something in particular, please contact Valerie, our administrator.

If you have suggestions of things we should include or how we can do thing better on the site, please contact Peter Cheyne.

And, if you have what you think would be a great photo for the front page, please send it to us.  It would be partiocularly good if it illustrates something consistent with our values.

Thank you.