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Hope Rising! - Spartanburg, SC

Conference & Banquet

November 12, 2016

Host Church: First Baptist North Spartanburg - "The Rock"



General Session Speakers

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McKrae Game, President of Hope for Wholeness

Marc Dillworth, Ph.D., HFW Referral Counselor, Bradenton FL

Tom & Donna Cole, Co-Directors of Pure Heart Ministries International and Hope Grows Farm and Restoration Center, Campobello, SC

Hope Rising

Testimonies; Praise and Worship; General Sessions will educate, inspire, minister, and move you to action; Breakout Classes; & Separate Breakout Q&A’s for Men, Women, Families, Students up to 23, Pastors & Counselors.

An event you will not want to miss!

Conference $50 with lunch included!—Early Registration $40

Evening Banquet Featuring Tom Cole $25 or table of 8 for $180 (Call to purchase a table)


A one-day conference on the Church and homosexuality is coming to a city near you.

We're EXCITED to announce Hope Rising as our one-day conference!

Hope Rising offers people around the country a one-day experience of our five-day Hope for Wholeness Conference held annually at Ridgecrest Conference Center.

In today's culture, there are many questions surrounding sexuality--especially homosexuality and transgenderism--and people are hearing conflicting answers, even within the Body of Christ. At Hope Rising, we will have experts on this subject address why people struggle with their gender and sexuality, what it means to walk away from a homosexual/transgender identity, as well as practical ways the Church can respond with the truth and grace of Jesus Christ.

If you're someone experiencing same-sex attractions/transgenderism, or a family member/friend of a gay-identified loved one, this conference is designed to educate you. If you are a pastor, leader, or therapist looking for help to assist those affected by homosexuality and transgenderism, this event is organized to equip you.

If you are hurting, we're here to minister to your heart. If you are unsure how to serve others in these areas, we're here to exhort you to move into biblical action. Regardless of your situation, WE WANT TO WALK ALONGSIDE YOU, SUPPORT YOU, AND ENCOURAGE YOU.

Speakers who are part of Hope for Wholeness will help you understand this important, yet, confusing subject. We will provide information to empower you to comprehend the complexity of sexual and gender identity. It is our hope and desire for you and your family to walk away with tools that have helped many people boldly love like Jesus does--with 100% of God's mercy and strength.

We hope you will join us as we travel to various locations around the country!

(See below for agenda and descriptions. General Session speakers and breakout class presenters and their bios (for each location) will be posted as soon as possible.)

Hope Rising Host Information & Request

Sign-up to join the Hope Rising Team

Basic Outline for Hope Rising!

Each Hope Rising will be somewhat unique, based on the location. Testimonies and breakout classes will be specific to each venue, which will allow the speakers and teachers to have an opportunity to suggest alternate workshops.

Hope Rising Schedule

9:00 – 9:45 Worship, Welcome, Testimony
9:45 – 10:30 Understanding Homosexuality and Transgenderism by Marc Dillworth Ph.D.
10:40 – 11:15 Worship, Testimony, Cross Talk
11:15 – 12:00 Ins and Outs of Leaving Homosexuality by McKrae Game
12:00 – 1:00 Box Lunch (prepaid, must have ticket)
1:00 – 1:50 Breakout Classes A (4 classes to choose from and will be recorded)
2:00 – 2:50 Breakout Classes B (4 classes)
3:00 – 3:50 Worship, Testimonies, Offering
3:50 – 4:20 General Session – Inspirational Message (speaker to be determined)
4:25 – 5:25 Q&A Breakout Groups: Men, Women, Students to 23, Family, and Pastors
5:30 – 6:00 How Are We Going To Respond? (speaker to be determined)
7:00 – 9:00 Evening Banquet—worship, testimonies, McKrae Game, and message by Tom Cole

Minute Schedule

General Sessions

Understanding Homosexuality and Transgenderism--Male and Female 

The media and others have misrepresented homosexuality and transgenderism as a pre-determined, biological condition. This session examines homosexual/transgender identities, and outlines some of the core similarities of personal and family dynamics that can lead to the development of these desires and identities.

Ins and Outs of Leaving Homosexuality 

This is a serious topic; unfortunately, much of the media has portrayed the ex-gay movement as "pray the gay away." Contrary to those false accusations, the Holy Spirit leads people, who surrender to Christ as their Lord, into His healing of maleness/femaleness, and away from identifying as homosexual. It’s important that we look at what IS possible, the energy and support required to overcome, and then recognize both the real-life stories of change and the ongoing struggles of many.

Inspirational Message

One message where the speaker can be led to share.

How Are We Going To Respond? 

As a fitting end to the Hope Rising one-day conference, our speaker exhorts the Church to first, look at their own lives (both individually and corporately), repent of their sins, and then—and only then—passionately reach out to people dealing with homosexuality/transgenderism. And the Body of Christ is to do all of this without compromising biblical mercy or truth.

Personal Testimonies

You will hear from men, women, and families who’ve been affected by homosexuality, and how Christ has lovingly intervened in their healing process. Their stories are encouraging reminders that God is still in the business of rescuing people from the darkest pits, transforming their lives, and restoring their relationships.

Breakout Classes A

Answering Pro-Gay Theology

This session takes a powerful, straightforward look at the growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism in the evangelical community. This class provides a clear biblical response to understanding pro-gay theology’s beliefs, and describes the vital combination of conviction and compassion when communicating with those who have embraced pro-gay theology.

Hope for People Who Struggle

Choosing to leave homosexuality and/or transgenderism is a difficult process. However, tens of thousands of men, women, and youth have successfully done just that. This breakout session is specifically for those battling same-sex sexual attractions and/or transgenderism. If you are seeking practical tools, resources, and a safe place to ask questions, then come receive support, hope, and encouragement for your journey.

Reaching IN to the LGBTQ Community: What Does Jesus Do?

Jesus loved people while on this earth, and He still does, today. He loved interacting with people who were often rejected by the religious establishment of the day. His interaction with sinners was not designed to make them comfortable in their sin. Rather, He interacted with all people in order to lead them into a transforming relationship with Him. He wanted their life to be radically surrendered to His ways—what can be called a lifetime of intimate discipleship. This workshop will look at the true way Jesus interacted with sinners, and discuss parallels of how the Body of Christ can reach out with mercy and truth to the LGBTQ community.

When Homosexuality Hits Home

This straightforward session will offer practical counsel on how to deal with the many conflicts and emotions that family members and friends often experience when learning of a loved one’s homosexuality and/or transgenderism.

Breakout Classes B

Change Happens

People who walk away from homosexuality and transgenderism do indeed change, although the transformation may not look like what was originally expected. Whether you experience same-sex attractions, or you love someone who does, this workshop will encourage you with a picture of the beauty and strength of a life truly transformed by Jesus Christ.

Homosexuality in a Post-Christian Culture

A new generation is growing up in a cultural climate that is no longer anchored in Judeo-Christian values. As a result, many people today have dramatically different views about homosexuality and transgenderism than before—both inside and outside the Church. Controversial topics such as gay-identified Christians and gay marriage will be covered.

Practical Tips for Reaching Out

Have you ever wondered what to say to someone who comes to you for help regarding their homosexual and/or transgendered feelings? You’ll hear practical tools to come alongside a struggling individual.

Pursuing Wholeness: The Role of Intimate Discipleship

Many within the Church have felt ill equipped to minister to men, women, and youth dealing with sexuality--especially homosexuality and transgenderism. This session will help you understand how the intimacy of discipleship is essential to the process of pursuing freedom in Christ. You’ll gain a clearer understanding on how the Church can serve others by embracing the biblical model of God's love: 100% mercy and 100% strength. By doing so, the Body of Christ will be empowered to grow emotionally, relationally, and spiritually whole and holy in every area of their lives.

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