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The Evangelical Network (TEN)
The Evangelical Network (TEN) Logo.png
Founded1988, Phoenix, Arizona
FounderRev. Fred L. Pattison
Typenon-profit, religious
Location
  • Savannah, Georgia
President
David Thomas
Websitewww.TEN.lgbt

The Evangelical Network (also known as TEN)[1] is an association of Christian and Evangelical ministries that are a part of and are affirming to the LGBTQ community and their relationships. The TEN website describes its focus in a mission statement including the following goals:

  • To provide a safe place for LGBTQ Christians.
  • To bring people of a shared faith experience to worship together in an annual conference.
  • To be a voice in media and public discussion supporting LGBTQ struggles for equality.

The Evangelical Network is not a denomination (as explained on their FAQ page[2]), and includes in its statement of beliefs that "a person can be Christian and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight."

History of TEN[edit]

The Evangelical Network[3] (TEN) was founded in 1988 by Rev. Fred L. Pattison,[4] pastor of Casa de Cristo Evangelical Church in Phoenix, Arizona. At that time, Casa de Cristo was a Metropolitan Community Church (UFMCC). Pattison's original vision was to network within MCC to find other Evangelical Christians in the denomination. However, when Casa de Cristo's board and congregation voted to leave MCC in 1988, the focus of TEN changed to reaching out to and helping start independent Evangelical churches with predominantly gay and lesbian congregations.

When Pattison retired from his pastorate as well as the presidency of TEN,[5] he recommended to the board of TEN that his successor be Todd Ferrell of Freedom in Christ Church in San Francisco where Ferrell was serving as a church elder.[6] Ferrell served as president of TEN for nearly four years and was succeeded by Pattison's pastor-successor, Ronnie Pigg. In 2004, TEN's church affiliates voted in a new board with Todd Ferrell returning as president. He led the organization until 2017 when David Thomas, pastor of Abundant Grace Church in Granite Falls, NC was then chosen as TEN president.

For several years, TEN's annual conferences were held in March at Casa de Cristo in Phoenix. An "international" conference was later begun and held in Vancouver, British Columbia over Labor Day weekend in September. Eventually, it was decided by members and the board that in order to reach more members nationwide, one annual conference would be held at different cities around the United States with various churches across the nation acting as host.

In addition to many years of conferences/gatherings, TEN has been also been active in social justice issues including:

Theology[edit]

The TEN Statement of Faith[7] is similar in content to many mainstream Christian organizations, The organizations Statement of Faith states that they believe:

  • The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • There is one true God eternally existent in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • That for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • The present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost until the resurrection of damnation.
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • That all who seek to live faithfully regardless of ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, race or sexual orientation are full participants in the Body of Christ. We welcome and affirm all into the life of the church.

While there are other LGBT affirming Christian organizations (such as Q Christian Fellowship and The Reformation Project[8]), TEN continues to focus on outreach specifically to the LGBTQ Evangelical community.

Annual TEN Conference[edit]

Each year, The Evangelical Network hosts a conference including times of worship, keynote speakers, and workshops. The conference is held annually in a different US city generally during the summer months (as evidenced by their posted past conference dates and locations).[9] Previous guests and speakers have included: Marsha Stevens-Pino, Peggy Campolo, Tony Campolo, Ray Boltz, Stan Mitchell,[10] Jay Bakker, Mark Tidd,[11] and Kenny Bishop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LGBT Religious And Spiritual Organizations, National And International". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "FAQ/General Information". The Evangelical Network. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Our History". The Evangelical Network. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2016-11-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ PETER STEINFELS (1996-01-31). "Evangelical Group Defends Laws Protecting Endangered Species as aModern 'Noah's Ark' - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2016-11-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "The TEN Statement Of Faith". The Evangelical Network. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Reformation Project". The Reformation Project. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Past Conferences2". The Evangelical Network. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Stan'S Blog | Gracepointe Church". Gracepointe.net. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Draper, Electa (2013-07-18). "Denver church growing again after fully accepting gays – The Denver Post". Denverpost.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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