This is the first of five video interviews Alan did with RELEVANT Magazine. The other videos will be posted here throughout this week.
Exodus International to Shut Down
Thirty-seven-year-old ministry for those with same-sex attraction marks its last national conference
Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality announced tonight that it’s closing its doors after three-plus decades of ministry. The Board of Directors reached a decision after a year of dialogue and prayer about the organization’s place in a changing culture.
“We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change – and they want to be heard,” Tony Moore, Board member of Exodus. The message came less than a day after Exodus released a statement apologizing (www.exodusinternational.org/apology) to the gay community for years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole.
Written by Exodus International board member John Warren and cross-posted from the Exodus website:
Robert Gagnon made the unfortunate decision to attack a key ministry leader for unfounded reasons on June 30, 2012, in his article, “Time for a Change of Leadership at Exodus.” He claims to know Alan Chambers, but then he attacks him for espousing doctrinal positions that aren’t those of Mr. Chambers at all. Dr. Gagnon knows full well the difference between speaking extemporaneously as Mr. Chambers is called upon to do, and writing a scholarly work that is researched, edited and very carefully written. Alan Chambers is President of Exodus International. Exodus is the leading global outreach ministry to churches, individuals and families offering a biblical message about same-sex attraction. Dr. Gagnon also knows that Mr. Chambers’ role places him in a position of constant scrutiny from parties on multi-faceted sides of issues which are complex and have diverse implications. Mr. Chambers would be the first to acknowledge, as he has done a number of times of late; that a “mulligan” or the opportunity to expound on a particular response or comment would have certainly been preferred in some of the cases cited in Dr. Gagnon’s article. However, Mr. Chambers, as well thought out and prepared as he is for each of his public speaking opportunities on these complex and sensitive matters, does not enjoy the luxury of writing 35 page articles which are researched, edited, and strategically circulated in an effort to discredit the subject. Mr. Chambers is a minister of the Gospel of our Lord, and he is in the trenches day after day and week after week serving a diverse and complex constituency to that end. Surely Dr. Gagnon must be able to see the heart of this man and this ministry.
Watch Alan Manning Chambers opening address at the 38th Annual Exodus Freedom Conference.
Exodus Int’l President to the Gay Community: “We’re Sorry”
Leader of 37-year old ministry admits grave errors
Irvine, Calif. (June 19, 2013) — Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality, issued an apology to the gay community for years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization and the Church as a whole.
The apology (http://exodusinternational.org/apology) dovetails with the ministry’s 38th annual conference in Irvine, Calif. – and the Thursday, June 20, airing of the television broadcast “God & Gays” on Our America with Lisa Ling. On Ling’s program, Exodus President, Alan Chambers, sits down with gay and lesbian people hurt by the Church with the goal of reconciliation.
In today’s video we introduce our new co-host, new look, and Alan shares an important message concerning Exodus International’s focus points for 2013. Enjoy!
Here is a special Exodus Week-End Review. It’s our final one for the year and contains a Christmas Greeting from Alan Chambers.
Please “Like” and “Share” this video to help spread the Christmas cheer!
Don’t forget, we are closing in on December 31st. Please check out our End of Year Giving Letter at http://exodusinternational.org/support-exodus/eoy2012/
Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Exodus Around the web:
Here is the Exodus Week-End Review for December 14th, 2012 – (Please “Like” and “Share” the video to help spread the word. Thank you!)
In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:
- Ministry Resource: “Washed and Waiting” by Wesley Hill
- Ministry Highlight: Marc Dillworth, LMFT in Bradenton Florida and Cherrie Rowe’s parents group in Orlando
- Question of the Week: What Should I label myself?
- End of Year Giving Reminder. Please check out www.exodusinternational.org/
eoy2012 for our End of Year Giving Letter. Thank you!
Here is the Exodus Week-End Review for November 30th, 2012 – (Please “Like” and “Share” the video to help spread the word. Thank you!)