As Christians, our faith influences every aspect of our lives, and the ways that we are and interact with one another as sexual people is no exception. Here at North Park Covenant Church, we are in the midst of a season of paying close attention to what faithfulness and flourishing do and can look like within our community of faith. Admittedly, this is a complicated conversation, but it’s so important. It requires deep study of the Bible, a keen awareness of culture—both ancient and current—a trusting and engaged community, and individuals of good will committed to grow with one another.
In addition to the general conversation about how we all live faithfully as God’s people, there has been a particular emphasis on how to extend welcome, grace, and community to LGBTQ people both within and without our church family. Our church has been deeply troubled by the polarizing way our culture and our churches have attempted to influence one another, and we are looking to enter this vital and complex conversation with open ears and hearts as we together discern what it looks to be submitted to God’s Word and committed to human flourishing for everyone.Looking Back as We Move Forward
Our conversation here at NPCC is one that has an interesting history. The story of of the Human Sexuality Task Force, the members' viewpoints, and our process to this point all inform where we are currently.
The narrative of that process can be found here.Resources for Our Conversation
As we have talked and learned together, we have drawn on a multitude of resources from the Evangelical Covenant Church, Christian and secular scholars, people open to full inclusion, people who hold to more traditional boundaries for sexual behaviors, and our own church survey and small group discernment.
All of those resources can be found here.Moving the Conversation Forward
This fall, our ongoing conversation together will continue moving forward as we hold a vote on a resolution presented by 25 church members who are imagining what a Gospel-shaped movement toward LGBTQ people can look like in our particular church.
The ProcessNovember 5 - After church on Sunday, November 5, we will gather for a non-voting pre-meeting. We want to come together as a whole church to understand the resolution and what our possible courses of action are, and begin to work toward finding consensus. All are invited for lunch, learning, and conversations.
November 12 - After church on Sunday, November 12, we will gather for the official vote. We will follow Robert's Rules for process and consider together whether to postpone, approve, or amend the resolution. Everyone is welcome to attend, but only church members will be able to vote.The resolution can be read here.