On Tuesday, October 23rd, I'll be leading a pre-conference intensive at the Sojourn Network Leader's Summit along with Ryan Welsh, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church Eastside in Bellevue, WA. The goal of this leadership intensive is to help pastors and parents navigate the difficult conversations around gender and sexuality in our culture. Navigating such uncomfortable conversations means exploring emotional, moral, personal, and theological matters. How did our culture get here? What does the Bible teach about gender? In what way is gender a given and in what sense is it a social construct? How has the church sometimes failed in communicating this well? What can the church do to reach and share the gospel with the transgender community? How do we interact with our neighbors? With local schools? With those who visit our churches?
Here's our schedule for the day (Talk titles are subject to change):
10:00 - 10:50 AM - Session 1: Our Gender-Fluid Cultural Climate (Ryan Welsh)
11:00 - 11:50 AM - Session 2: What Does the Bible Teach About Gender? (Jared Kennedy)
11:50 AM - 1:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 - 2:20 PM - Session 3: Sharing the Gospel with the Transgender Community (Ryan Welsh)
2:30 - 3:20 - Session 4: How Should I Teach My Kids About Gender? (Jared Kennedy)
3:30 - 4:00 - Case Study /Final Q & A
Ryan and I want to link arms with you and search the Scriptures together to learn how to respond biblically as we help our people navigate these issues in a broken world. And, as a bonus, those who attend will receive a digital preview from my forthcoming book, Raising Kids in a Gender-Fluid World. Click on the link below to learn more and register to join us!