New Direction is committed to bridging the gap to gay people with the good news of the gospel through a primary focus on relational engagement. This project resonates with the desire to be a catalyst within the Christian community for creative and courageous conversations on matters of sexuality. Such conversations are a way to encourage and equip Christ-followers to build meaningful relationships with gay people.
As small groups engage with stories of real people wrestling with their faith and their sexuality and hear leaders share insights for mission in today’s context, they will be prepared to consider opportunities for missional engagement with those holding diverse perspectives on sexual ethics.
In producing culturally-relevant, relationally focused resources, we hope to play a constructive role in empowering Christ-followers to represent a vibrant Christian faith in a cynical, yet spiritually hungry world. We also hope to participate in dismantling an exclusionary, unloving and often misinformed mindset towards those questioning or embracing alternative sexual identities within the Christian community. All of this works towards contributing to rebuilding the credibility of the Christian community in our society and to the strengthening of the Christian witness in a post-modern, relativistic context.