The Evangelical Network (TEN) - FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions about The Evangelical Network (TEN):
Q. What is The Evangelical Network?
A. The Evangelical Network (TEN) is an association of LGBT affirming
evangelical ministries and individuals.
Q. How did The Evangelical Network get started? What is its history?
A. Our History
Q. What is The Evangelical Network's Mission?
A. TEN's mission is focused on the LGBT community and its allies to:
Provide a safe place for LGBT people to discover and rediscover
Bring together people with a shared faith to worship, evangelize and disciple
Give people from all different backgrounds an opportunity to be educated about Homosexuality and Christianity
Afford ministry and growth opportunities to people in the LGBT community
Hold an annual conference open to all that is designed for networking, fellowship, education and worship
Offer a safe place for LGBT people and the evangelical church community to dialogue
Be a voice in the public and media that supports the LGBT community and its struggles for equality, and to speak out against negative stereotypes.
Q. What is an Evangelical Christian?
A. The term "evangelical" comes from the Greek word that means "good news." Evangelism is sharing the good news of the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ. An evangelical, then, is a person dedicated to promoting the good news about Jesus Christ. So as "evangelical Christians" we would be considered believers in Jesus Christ who are faithful in sharing and promoting the good news.(good news of salvation through Jesus Christ)
In Western culture today, there are many caricatures of evangelical Christians. For some, the term "evangelical Christian" is equivalent to right-wing, fundamentalist Republican. For others, "evangelical Christian" is a title used to differentiate an individual from a Catholic Christian or an Orthodox Christian. Others use the term to indicate adherence to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. (In this sense, an evangelical Christian is a believer who holds to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone. However, none of these is inherent in the description "evangelical Christian.")
In reality, all Christians should be evangelical Christians. The Bible is consistently instructing us to be witnesses of the good news. (see our page on this)
Q. Is The Evangelical Network a denomination?
A. The Evangelical Network is not a denomination, it is not a spiritual covering, nor is it designed to compete or replace existing affiliations.
Q. What does TEN believe?
A. TEN believes that a person can be Christian and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight. TEN Statement of Faith
Q. Do you have to be an affiliate or attend a TEN affiliate church to come to a conference?
A. No. Our conferences are open to all, no matter your affiliation or sexual orientation or gender identity. This conference is designed to be safe place for LGBT Christians.
Q. Do you have to be LGBT to attend your conference?
A. No. Our conferences are open to the LGBT community and their straight friends and family. This conference is designed to be safe place for LGBT Christians
Q. Do you have to be a LGBT person or ministry in order to affiliate with TEN?
A. No. It is not a requirement that you be LGBT in order to affiliate, however, you must be in agreement with the Mission/Vision of TEN and the TEN Statement of Faith.
Q. What is the TEN Conference like?
A. TEN Conferences include workshops, worship/song services/special music, general sessions - sermons/concerts/panel discussions, and a resource exposition. The conference provides an opportunity for fellowship, meeting new friends, and spiritual growth. Our conferences are geared toward Christian growth and individuals should be able to walk away from the conference with tools for their lives and/or their churches.