New books helps Christians reach out to homosexual community

New Book from Exodus International Helps

Christians Reach Out to Homosexual Community

Orlando, FL- September 7, 2006 Exodus International has just released its first book – a resource designed to help evangelical churches and individuals practically demonstrate compassion to gay men and women. Written by Alan Chambers and the Exodus staff, God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door is a comprehensive guide to dealing with the often-confusing topic of homosexuality as well as hurting individuals affected by it.

Several key areas are addressed including the behavioral complexities and roots of homosexuality; dealing with fear and ignorance within the church; leading gay men and women to Christ; mentoring repentant homosexuals in the church and helping youth affected by homosexuality. The book, published by Harvest House Publishers, also offers practical guidelines on talking with gay men and women with tips on “Five Things NOT to Do When Reaching Out to Gays.”

Notable authors and speakers such as Joe Dallas, Coral Ridge Ministries Founder Dr. D. James Kennedy, Christian recording artist Sheila Walsh and Dr. Robert Wolgemuth have endorsed God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door.  For ordering information , click here: Buy the book

“Many of us are here today because someone in the church had the courage to demonstrate the loving, uncompromising truth of the Gospel,” said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International. “It is our great hope that countless more will reach out to the gay men and women in their lives who might otherwise be ignored.”

Exodus recently launched the Exodus Church Network – a ministry that provides training sessions and resources to educate churches leaders and their congregations on what the Bible has to say about issue of homosexuality. Men and women formerly identified as gay individuals are available to speak and encourage an attitude of compassion towards the gay community and church members who are conflicted by unwanted same-sex attraction.

Founded in 1976, Exodus International is the largest resource and referral organization dealing with homosexual issues in the U.S. and throughout the world. With over 135 ministries across North America, Exodus is a growing network of former homosexuals dedicated to sharing the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Citizens for Community Values has had a strategic partner relationship with Exodus International for many years.  CCV’s president, Phil Burress and his wife, Vickie, currently serve on the Executive Board of Exodus.