Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley will host a conference for the parents of children belonging to the LGBTQ+ community later this year.
Stanley’s North Point Community Church, located in Alpharetta, Ga., will host the event, the Unconditional Conference, in September. Speakers at the conference will include Stanley himself, along with LGBTQ+ advocate Justin Lee, former pastor John Ortberg, North Point pastor Debbie Causey and the co-founders of Embracing the Journey, Greg and Lynn McDonald.
The Conference’s Website characterizes itself as an effort to provide hope.
The Unconditional Conference is an event for Christian parents with LGBTQ+ children and ministry leaders. In a world that makes us choose sides, experience a conference from the quieter middle. Our goal is to provide hope and to help parents demonstrate the unconditional love of Jesus to their LGBTQ+ children.
Stanley recently preached a sermon that generated controversy after he said that people belonging to the LGBT community who go to church have “more faith than a lot of you.” Stanley’s comments have shown support for the LGBTQ+ community in the past as well. Christian Headlines reports:
“A gay person who still wants to attend church after the way they’ve been treated, I’m telling you, they have more faith than I do,” Stanley said. “They have more faith than a lot of you.”
As reported by The Christian Post, Stanley has made similar comments in the past, including in 2015, when he said that local congregations should be the “safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction.”
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