A conversation on why same-sex marriage isn't a big issue for the church in Canada

Culture is changing.

One of the most significant issues that our society has dealt with over the past several years is the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage. We have seen the sheer volume of court rulings related to this subject, and if we are honest, we will admit that it seems as though same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land in the United States. As we sort through stories for each week’s Ministry Briefing, we come across countless stories of churches, Christians, and talking heads sharing their thoughts on the debate… but what we haven’t seen are any stories on what ministry in this new context might look like.

This week, Matt Steen and I are excited to share a conversation that we had with Andrew Lamme, director of Toronto Church Planting. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for nearly ten years, and Andrew has had the opportunity to minister in various capacities in that environment. We asked Andrew to join us for a conversation on his experiences in Canada, and what we in the United States can learn from his experiences.

The conversation is about fifteen minutes long, and through the course of the video he will speak to some of the fears we have in the US (being forced to marry a homosexual couple, being force to hire homosexual pastors, etc) and then share about what ministry needs to look like in that context.

Click the video image below to watch…

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