The Gay Christian Network

Rating: 4.82 stars   344 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Religion

Location: P.O. Box 17504 Raleigh NC 27619 USA

Mission: The Gay Christian Network (GCN) is the preeminent interdenominational organization supporting LGBT Christians and those who love them. GCN provides resources and support to help individuals reconcile their faith and sexuality, builds interconnected networks of supportive Christian communities, and works with families, friends, and churches to create respectful dialogue on sexual orientation issues. GCN is best known for its moderated online "safe space" community, where over 13,000 people offer one another support, prayer, fellowship, and understanding in an affirming faith-based environment. This crucial support outlet is available to anyone in the world with an internet connection and regularly saves the lives of teens and adults alike. GCN's weekly podcast, YouTube video series, and Bible study materials educate and inspire gay and straight Christians around the world, while the organization's annual conference, welcoming church network, and local groups provide important face-to-face opportunities for worship, support, and community. GCN's groundbreaking new documentary, Through My Eyes, chronicles the interactions of conservative churches and gay Christian youth and is already changing hearts and minds in the church in a profound way to promote the full support of LGBT people.
Geographic areas served: worldwide
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

More Info

EIN 20-0616399
919-786-0000
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

GCN has provided me a place to learn, explore and love not only the GLBT community but God as well.

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

bringing clarity to the different approaches people take to the Bible and homosexuality, with love and grace rather than malice and division.

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

pray daily for unity within the church and ask to be a vital part of that.

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

getting to know other gay Christians who love God and seek Him diligently.

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

friendly and unassuming, gracious to different ways of thinking than their own.

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

sow into the Kingdom of God through social justice acts such as by digging wells in Africa, as well as bring publicity to themselves and their cause, because our own oppression is not the only issue facing us as gay Christians.

Ways to make it better...

I had joined the discussion boards sooner.

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

social pressures from the Church at large.

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

I am glad to finally have a place to join in community with other gay Christians. I never had that before in any large scale.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Though I haven't been a member of GCN for long, the organization offers me a lot. Obviously, the largest area of help is in my faith and Christian walk. Where society kind of looks at at a gay Christian as oxymoronic, GCN affirms and embraces LGBT people of faith. Different denominations and beliefs come together in a "safe" place. In little time, I have begun to feel like a member of a family, not just a internet community.

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

Gay people being aided and encouraged in their faith by other gay people of faith and our allies.

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

Start a mailing campaign to reach more potential donors. Attempt to advertise on popular networking sites and in affirming churches. Basically, tighten the logistics of the organization to streamline processes and stretch limited funds.

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

The sense of family and belonging almost immediately upon joining. I didn't have to work my way into a group. They openly accepted and encouraged me.

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

Though only by internet thus far, the staff are very knowledgable of the subject matter and sensitive to the needs of other members. Many volunteers are just ordinary members going the extra mile for everyone's benefit.

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

Provide more materials for free to people of faith; expand its mass media presence; hold more seminars and retreats for members in different regions; take GCN's message to the international community of gay christians beyond America's borders.

Ways to make it better...

An easier to find listing of all forums was provided.

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

Without a doubt, the biggest challenges preventing this organization from being an extremely positive force in the LGBT community are funding and recognition.

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

If the organization can further tap the power of its members to volunteer and listen to those volunteers in decision making, the organization has much more potential of remaining viable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Gay Christian Network was there for me when I was first realizing/accepting my sexual orientation & needing to talk about it and not knowing where to go to do so. I didn't feel safe discussing the matter with anyone I knew at the time, and being a sold-out Christian, I wanted and needed to know if/that other believers were going through the same things, and how they were dealing with it. The comfort I received from the members I interacted with gave me the courage to accept myself as I am.

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

my life.

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

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

interacting with people like me- who love God and also happen to be gay- its the neatest thing to have that kind of fellowship where you can just be yourself and be loved and understood, especially considering the unique struggles gay Christians face.

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

I met Justin and several other GCN'ers at a conference recently. Great people!

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

reach and help more people that may really be hurting and really need it.

Ways to make it better...

there had been a local gay Christian group in my area so that I could have interacted with other gay Christians face-to-face- though initially, I think the safety of the internet experience was what enabled me to reach out at all.

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

financial struggles and all that covers - reaching out to gay Christians, their friends and families to bring support and help build a bridge of understanding, hope and love.

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

I thank God for this ministry!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization helped me come out to my family and friends. They provide an engaged online community, informative texts and videos, and a relavent face-to-face social network.

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

My ability to come out to my community. I see other gay people empowered and educated and given and identity.

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

Keep on doing what GCN is doing. Expanding the Network beyond just online.

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

I enjoyed the personal relationships online were awesome.

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

I met Justin, the head of the organization. He was great. I appreciated how real he was.

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

Go everywhere and produce more media that would reach struggling homosexuals and straight persecuters.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if this organization was larger with local offices with a counseling service.

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

Financial issues are the biggest challenges. They need more money.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

GCN Has been a cornerstone of my journey.. with out the discussion boards, information and friendship I have found on GCN, I would be floundering and lost! Great organization with Tons of great people!

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

My personal Life

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

Hire all the same people!

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

That they work SO hard to bring so much to so many people for so little.

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

REACH So many people!

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been better!

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

Publicity and Donations

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

GCN has one of the most compassionate and need based websites in the gay community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

GCN helped me through the darkest moments of my life, and provided a much-needed support base. GCN has been a blessing to my life and I pray that it continues to be around for many years to come!

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

the thousands of people who's lives have been changed for the better.

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

write a book for people struggling with their faith and sexuality.

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

the variety of ages, denominations, locales, etc. that are represented.

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

kind and thoughtful, always making sure I felt like I was cared for.

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

educate and inform the church and LGBT community on what it is to be gay and Christian in a dramatic, moving, and powerful way.

Ways to make it better...

it had been easier to find more resources locally.

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

keeping up with the demands of a growing membership.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

GCN is an amazing organization that provides a place for thousands of GLBT Christians who often times feel like they have no where else to go. They are encouraging and provide great resources for the encouragement of their members.

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

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

the community of like-minded individuals who are constantly there for one another only because of the organization.

Ways to make it better...

I had found GCN earlier.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful?