Today, The Reformation Project is being launched by Matthew Vines. The Reformation Project (TRP) is a non-profit organization designed to connect, train, and empower LGBT Christians and their allies to change their churches from within. I have a personal attachment to TRP, I am on the Board of Directors.
From September 18th-21st at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kansas City, KS, The Reformation Project will sponsor the initial 50 people through a Bible boot camp. After being equipped with tools and training, they will be ready to go back to their communities and circles of influence to make lasting changes to beliefs and interpretations that marginalize LGBT people.
Crucially, the trained reformers will not be seeking to change their churches by asking them to ignore or look past the Bible. As explained in Matthew’s video last year, the Bible is not anti-gay. It never addresses the issues of same-sex orientation or loving same-sex relationships, and the few verses that some cite to support homophobia have nothing to do with LGBT people. Careful, persistent arguments about those passages have the power to change every Christian church worldwide, no matter how conservative their theology. The mission of The Reformation Project is to train a new generation of Christians to streamline that process and accelerate the demise of homophobia in the church.
In order for us to make this vision a reality, your support is needed.
This spring, The Reformation Project needs to raise at least $100,000—to make this year’s conference free for everyone who comes and to start laying the groundwork for the future. Today, The Reformation Project is starting an Indiegogo campaign for that amount, and we need the support of thousands of donors to reach our goal. So please donate what you can, even if that’s just a few dollars. Spread the word to your friends. Watch the launch video below and share. Here are the links on: Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re 18 or older, live in the U.S. or Canada, and agree with the statement of faith on the website, then apply to join the inaugural class of reformers in Kansas City this fall. No matter who you are, sign up for our newsletter, donate whatever you can afford, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
For those who can support the effort by giving, please do. I will see the first class of Reformation Project students in Kansas City, KS in the fall. I will be learning along with you!