Whosoever Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, LGBTQ, Religion

Location: PO Box 727 Camden SC 29021 USA

Mission: Whosoever is an online magazine dedicated to the spiritual growth of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians. Whosoever seeks to dispel the myths and outright lies spread shamelessly by Christian extremists who seek to keep gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people from God's realm. Whosoever's mission is to reach gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people around the world and tell them the Good News of God's unconditional love for all people, as shown through the ministry of Jesus Christ. Through biblical scholarship, personal testimonies and prayerful commentary on timely topics, Whosoever strives to show God constantly at work in the daily lives of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. Whosoever is determined to break the bonds of extremist tyranny and rescue the Bible from fundamentalists who use the scripture to exclude and injure any of God's children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

i have been a member of WHOSOEVER for sometime now. I happen to find it by looking up the church GARDEN OF GRACE UCC when my partner and I married in Nov.2005 by Pastor Andy Sidden. When I found WHOSOEVER I thought it was just wonderful! Helpful information, great articles, wonderful answers and scripture references dealing with same sex love. Rev. Chellew-Hodge is an awesome writer with a tickling gut laughing sense of humor. I love the fact that they have the whosoever rainbow fish groups for online support groups and networking. I have meet some of the greatest people through it. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Talking with some of the members of rainbow fish groups and hearing a difference in there self-esteem, confidence, and rellationship with God grow!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

cHANGE NOTHING, IT'S FINE TO ME SO FAR!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

GREAT FRIENDSHIPS

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

NICE

Ways to make it better...

I have none @ this time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

RIDICULED FOR BEING OPEN

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

I found Whosoever through the book "Bullet-proof Faith" I am a middleage Christian convert & was blown away by the book so I googled Candace's name & found her online ministry. I felt supported by the online community & the volunteers there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way people have written in to say they are feeling hopeful & supported by Whosoever's presence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

With what they have in the way of resources I think they are doing a wonderful job!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing how many other Christians there are in the LGBT community!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Prompt in responding when I emailed. Pleasant & uplifting too!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help make the world safer & more accepting of LGBT Christians, with more money they could be better known both on the web & perhaps in print & on T.V. & radio. I would love it if Candace had a radio show!

Ways to make it better...

There had been more non-evangelical Christians & experiences on the site.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The only complaint I have, is that I wish they had more of a selection of logo stuff in their store!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of Whosever.org for approximatley 8 years (I think). It is a great resource for Christian perspectives on current issues realted to GLBT concerns. The owner of the site and publisher of the e-zine is approachable and very understanding of the challenges of life related to GLBT issues. The e-zine provides articles authored by people from all walks of life which bring a freshness to each issue.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the world as people have accessed services and sent messages/posts of gratitude for being available.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning, growing and sharing experiences

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more lives and potentially save lives in the process

Ways to make it better...

With the imporvoed website, it is really easy now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the variety

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

I came from a very conservative background (cross old Roman Catholic and Fundamentalist Baptist with Pentecostal). I found the website after I had come out and had started planning for my wedding (to my girlfriend). I had pretty much given up on finding a church to attend and other Christians to talk to. Whosoever was a blessing. I found the support I needed and may have found a church I can feel comfortable attending.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. I found information and support I needed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to add local contact for more areas.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how simply and how well organized the information is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have only had online contact, but the information and writings online are excellent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many more hurting people around the world with the massage that God doesn't hate you for being different. That those of us who are both Christian and Gay are real people.

Ways to make it better...

there were more connections to local groups

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

challenges caused from being both Christia and gay related. I've met many from both groups that believe you can't be both.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If I had come across this site sooner, I might have come to terms with being attracted to a woman and being a Christian.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

Wanting a place to go that was a "safe" haven to worship and praise God, I found Whosoever Ministries. In this world, gays and lesbians where gays and lesbians seem to be marginalized, we stand alone most of the time. We are shunned by our parents, left out by our peers for our belife systems, and put down by co-workers when we say, "I am Christian too." Many say, what a strange dicotomy did you say Christian? Yes, gay and proud, and Christian too! Willing to stand up for our rights, and willing to die for the Lord. Candy Jacobson

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The confidence I have to step out in the world in peace.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure it is kept safe, and a welcome place for gays and lesbians

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A safe place to reach out for gays and lesbians

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help the global situation of many gays and lesbians who are killed, and beaten for such belifes

Ways to make it better...

I would of known about the organization months ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping the site up and running and serving the large public interest

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for you, each one of you.Praise God

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been a fan of Whosoever since it was a newsletter. I found out about them while I was active in leadership with ECWR. I continue to read their materials, the blogs and interact with the leaders. I regularly recommend their site to those I encounter who are struggling with the reconciliation of the faith and sexual orientation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Those I've sent to visit their site and read their materials

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything. The material is available and accessible. Just wish more people knew about it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

This organization helped to save my life by connecting me with safe GLBT Christians. I came out in the context of a fundamentalist Christian background and was treated like a criminal. My writings and reading others helped to bring necessary healing. I have also finished a book called, "The Rude Awakening" that I hope to get published soon so that others in the GLBT and allied community will have some sense of how some Christians respond to people who affirm non-heterosexuality. This organization helped me to return home to my faith and love for Jesus Christ and helped me to see how expansive the Love of God truly is. I also feel more equipped to respond to the rhetoric and fear of the Fundamentalists now and am able to pray for the very people who wounded me in my past.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

saving me from severe depression as well as helping me to reconcile my faith and sexual orientation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have conferences.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Contributing poems and reading others stories.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, receptive, and genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help save more GLBT Christians from commiting suicide.

Ways to make it better...

There were conferences to attend to meet others as opposed to an online prescence only.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is important to be aware of what programs like Love Won Out are doing to people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

We all need a place to read our stories. Sometime we have a need to write our story and share it with others. Whosoever.org is that kind of a place. I can read about the struggles and thoughts that others have had wrestling with faith and sexuality. I can share my own wrestling with the theology with them. Giving voice to our innermost thoughts and feelings related to our faith and sexuality is the blessing of Whosoever to all who come in contact with this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the changed lives of those who have struggled with faith issues and their sexuality. Persons have been healed of their conflicting thoughts and feelings and put on the road to health and happiness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take the show on the road, provided that their were adequate funding. Also, develop a full time position for Rev. Chellew-Hodge so she could devote all her efforts to building the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to access the opinions and writings of hundreds of other LGBT pastors and persons about topics of interest and vital importance to the spiriutality of our LGBT community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing! Candace Chellew-Hodge is truly a prophet of God for our times. She has been in my church. I have fellowshipped with her over a weekend. She is a visionary leader and compassionate pastor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to tell the truth about God's love for all persons regardless of their sexuality by taking conferences on the road to counteract those who support same sex persons in their faith communities. Produce DVD's of the conferences to further sharing.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of anything. I have had a great experience and hope to continue exploring the many different writings and read the continuing productions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting out the word that it exists!

One thing I'd also say is that...

LGBT people need to know that there is a different way to think about faith, spirituality and sexuality than that purported by the Fundamentalist Religious Right who so often twist and contort the Holy Scriptures for their own purposes and politics.

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2009-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

Whosoever Ministries is wonderful. I love going to this site to experience God's love for all of us, including myself as a Lesbian. I love reading the articles in each issue. Thanks and God Bless you for being here for us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Spreading a positive message to those who are usually outcast. Affirming God's love for all.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

It's fine just the way it is.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

It can be very lonely for a gay person as well as any GLTQ person who has been asked to leave a church or in my case a number of churches because I dare to admit to who and what I am. The answers to both who and what are simply ME! Whosoever's ministry has been an inspiration and and a lifeline to me when I felt deep despare and lonliness and a yearning for fellowship with other christians. Whosoever have introduced me to people over the net who have become friends and I have learnt not to be ashamed of myself because our heavenly Father loves me and like all people who accept Jesus as Lord I have become justified in the Fathers sight. Thanks Whosoever for your support

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the friendship and acceptance of others

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek funding to advertise the sight because there must be thousands of GLBTQ Christians out in the world who are lonely and cried for fellowship ones just like me.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are very non-judgemental. They also seem very sincere about their love for God which is what many of us deserve and need... fellowship with other believers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have really have chatted and become friends with other members...however the site officials have always been supportive and keep members well informed of what is happening such as events and new members

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hopefully share it with it's members... Seriously I would suggest seek God's will...Hopefully use it for Christian ministry

Ways to make it better...

I was more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Christians who don't have the love of Jesus. Our Lord said Come unto me...we as his people should do the same...the the rejected though we are blessed because we have an opportunity to forgive which is a trate we get from our heavenly Father :-)

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am grateful that I am no longer alone even though there are many [people in my life, I felt lonely for fellowship with Christians...The average Christian hated me, I felt their spiritual stones but like Jesus Whosoever ministries does not condemn me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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