Sure, you may feel that way right now—especially if you haven’t found a community who accepts all of you. But the truth is countless LGBTQ+ Christians are experiencing life, faith and community together. Skeptical? Yep, we used to be too. But community is possible, and happening. Many stories attest. Join us.
And watch some of our stories below. We hope you will relate.
“I was able to, for the first time, have both parts of my life come together… faith and spirituality and also my sexuality.”
"I'd never been around Christian people that had no judgment, no anything. And they took me in, and I'm blown away by my introduction back into my faith...I don't know where I would be without Renovus and the people of Renovus that supported me."
"I really felt the Lord say to me, 'Anna, I have always loved you...every part of you. Without condition, I have fully accepted you and love you. It finally opened the pathway for me to have an authentic relationship with God.'"
“I needed someone to know Sebastian for who he was and for so long that was the biggest fear of mine, that I would be completely known yet completely rejected.”
"[With Renovus], I have found that table to be able to bring questions and doubts and concerns – being in a community of others that have similar stories or similar experiences."
"I realized that faith is more than just a church body...you can find your church within a community. And I started to find my community, find my church, and through that I now currently have the strongest faith I've ever had."
“I felt like there was always some unanswered question when it came to faith for me, having grown up in a household where faith really wasn’t a part of our lives.”
“I was able to connect on a much deeper level with God and in my walk with Christ...and that just grew from the process of thinking I was bisexual to realizing I was gay.”
Daniel was born into a conservative missionary family and often heard anti-gay messaging growing up. Around the age of 13 he realized that he was attracted to men and it terrified him.
Hiding his sexual attractions for many years, left him isolated and when he was 25 he started to make friends in the LGBTQ community. He had to re-evaluate what the Bible said about being gay and what that looked like for his relationship with God. Watch the rest of his story.
Cortland didn’t grow up in a Christian home, and God was never really as part of his life. He came out at 18, his non-christian parents loved and supported him just as he was.
He met a friend who persistently kept inviting him to his bible study and church. One day without his promoting he felt like something was telling me he needed to go. It was a turning point in his life. See more about his faith journey.
When he first started to come to terms with his sexuality, he immediately knew how important it was to reconcile his new self acceptance with his faith. By participating in weekly small groups and social events he started to realize wholeness in Christ.
He has met countless individuals who have affected me to my core in drastically positive ways. He has experienced what it really means to be apart of a community that supports others during good times and bad, and he has a large group of beautiful souls that regularly pour into him and encourage spiritual growth. Click to see his advice for others.
We want your story. We invite you to participate in a new research study that explores faith & family experiences of our community, to help educate allies wanting to make positive change. Watch this video to learn about the study and how you can be a part.
You can access the anonymous research survey here:LGBTQ+ Faith & Family Survey