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Unlikely. There are perhaps six or seven ONA churches with primarily LGBT membership—out of 1,100. When ONA churches publicize their welcome effectively, new members include both LGBT seekers and straights. Young heterosexual couples starting a family, who are looking for a church family with the values an ONA covenant represents, typically are part of the growth curve for new ONA churches.
That depends on whether the congregation has carefully planned its ONA process. An ONA experience that is not hurried, that treats everyone with respect and is a safe space for all members of the church, will usually help a congregation grow in numbers, enthusiasm, generosity and passion for the Gospel. Use the resources on this site to develop an ONA process that will unite, rather than divide, your church.
If you can’t find answers to your questions on this website, contact the Coalition, and we’ll be glad to help! Ask if we can connect you with a trained consultant who can guide your church before and during its ONA journey.
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115