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Ed Shaw: How God Has Used Same-Sex Attraction to Equip Me As a Pastor

“The New Testament redefines family. It’s not just the nuclear family in the New Testament; it’s your church family.” 

“It’s so important to think about [how we build intimacy]. Because single people collapse because they don’t experience intimacy in any relationships. They feel isolated, alone. But also marriages collapse because they don’t experience any intimacy outside the marriage.”

“So often, we don’t enjoy good, intimate friendships with other people because we’ve never shared anything intimate with them. And what produces healthy intimacy is healthily sharing things.” 

“One of the big questions I’ve often had and I really struggled with in some stages was, ‘Well, why have I got this sexuality? Why do I experience sexual desires? Why do I have this capability to love, yet can’t put it into practice with another man?…When actually just learning that the most fundamental reason that I’m a sexual being, you’re a sexual being, you have powerful sexual desires, I have powerful sexual desires is to help us to grasp, first of all, God’s love for us.”

“My sexuality is there to help me appreciate God’s love for me. When I feel the strength of sexual desire, I’m actually getting just the smallest insight into the strength of God’s love for me.”

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1 Corinthians 7:7
2 Corinthians 1
Colossians 1:15
Ezekial 16
Song of Songs

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye