Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
We in the church are facing significant cultural and legal challenges and changes. One of the resources I encourage leaders and churches to use is the document written by the EFCA's Spiritual Heritage Committee: A Church Statement on Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage” – A Resource for EFCA Churches.
Another helpful resource I have referenced previously is the work of the Alliance Defending Freedom. Below is a copy and paste from an email sent out by ADF regarding a webinar they are hosting.
As you know, the Supreme Court will rule later this month on the recent marriage case. Regardless of the ruling, we will have our work cut out for us to help restore a culture of marriage across the US and abroad. As you also know, the church, and pastors specifically, are a central part of this restoration. In order to help pastors understand this issue and learn how it affects their congregations, ADF is hosting three separate topical webinars that we would like to invite you and your pastor to be a part of. ADF is inviting our network of pastors and we know that you each have even more pastors that would benefit from this content. We would love for you to personally attend and invite your pastor or other church leadership to attend. This is sensitive information that is designed specifically for pastors so please limit your invitations to church leadership. We will have future opportunities for webinars that you can invite your friends and family to.
The invitation is below with all of the relevant event information and the links to register. Each individual who will watch the webinar on their own device, needs to register ahead of time.
We want to invite you to join ADF and our allies for three live-streamed presentations that will address the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage and what we can do moving forward. These presentations will feature ADF attorneys as well as special guests Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church, and Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The live-stream sessions will take place at the following times:
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:30 AM PST / 2:30 PM EST
Session 1: Understand what the ruling on marriage means to everyday Americans – featuring ADF attorney Erik Stanley and Dr. Jim Garlow
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:15 AM PST / 1:15 PM EST
Session 2: In-depth legal analysis and answers concerning the High Court’s ruling – featuring ADF attorneys Jim Campbell, Jordan Lorence, Gary McCaleb, and Austin Nimocks
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 11:30 AM PST / 1:15 PM EST
Session 3: What is the next move for the Body of Christ in American culture? – featuring Dr. Russell Moore