Transforming Congregations, a 21-year-old United Methodist ministry that helps local churches minister to people struggling with sexual-identity confusion and sexual brokenness, is merging with Exodus International, the world’s largest Christian outreach to those dealing with homosexual attraction.
One by One, a ministry in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition, will be a part of the merger as well.
From an Exodus International news release:
Together, these [three] ministries will form a new division under the leadership of Exodus that will equip leaders within both evangelical and mainline churches worldwide to break the polarizing debate over homosexuality through an approach that is both biblically orthodox and truly compassionate.
This merger will work to enhance current efforts to equip churches through the Exodus Church Association, an interdenominational network of more than 120 churches helping those dealing with same-sex attraction to live a life that reflects the Christian faith….
“The compassionate truth of the Gospel is still the hope of the world today,” said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International and author of…the newly released Leaving Homosexuality.
“Together, we hope to advance a new era in the global Christian church that is defined by God’s truth as well as His heart for hurting individuals experiencing confusion and conflict about their sexuality.”
Transforming Congregations and One by One “will function essentially as departments within Exodus’ church-equipping ministry,” according to a report by Charisma News Online.
“[W]e will retain our own identity and focus on missions,” said the Rev. Karen Booth, executive director of Transforming Congregations, which has been affiliated with Exodus since 2000.
“We still will be working within the United Methodist Church or with churches from the Wesleyan heritage…. I hope with Exodus working with us, we will be a bit more strategic in our outreach.”
Karen Booth was among several speakers at a July 15 news conference announcing the merger. You can listen to her comments below.
The news conference was part of Exodus International’s 34th annual Freedom Conference, held at Wheaton College in Illinois.