Paraprofessional Christian Ministries for Sexual Behavior and Same-Sex Identity Concerns

Volume
Volume 30
Issue
Fall 2002
Title
Paraprofessional Christian Ministries for Sexual Behavior and Same-Sex Identity Concerns
Abstract

Paraprofessional Christian ministries for sexual behavior and same-sex identity concerns have grown significantly in recent years. Some ministries are affiliated with organizations that have specific standards for affiliation; others are independent. Some emphasize change of sexual orientation; others promote change of behavior and chastity. Some ministries provide services exclusively to homosexuals; others provide resources to homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. This paper reviews similarities and differences among paraprofessional Christian ministries for persons struggling with sexual behaviors and same-sex identity concerns. Similarities and differences are related to (a) mission/vision, (b) view of etiology, (c) method of intervention, (d) format, and (e) definition of success. Christian ministries include Exodus International-affiliated ministries, independent Christian ministries, Homosexuals Anonymous, and Courage. Impressions from the review of the various Christian ministries are also offered, including recommendations for making appropriate referrals.

Authors
Dr. M.A. Yarhouse, L.A. Burkett and E.M. Kreeft
Pages
209 - 227
Price
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