Building An Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit

Building An Inclusive Church: A Welcoming Toolkit

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This is THE go to resource for starting your congregation’s journey toward Open & Affirming.

Drawing upon thirty years of experience within a variety of Christian denominations, this toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help facilitate an Open & Affirming process in your local congregation. Biblically and theologically based, it uses tools of relational organizing, congregational assessment, conflict management and change theory. The outlined process emphasizes approaching the process from a place of graceful engagement, building relationship, and understanding your congregation and its unique needs.

There is also an online introduction to the Toolkit available here.

Also, from time to time there are trainings offered. These will be listed on the GLAD Calendar here.

If you are considering an Open & Affirming process for your congregation, check out these pages

The Welcoming Journey : How any congregation can take another step toward widening the welcome

Becoming Open & Affirming : Guidelines from the GLAD Alliance to be listed on our list of O&A Ministries.

The Journey to Become O&A : A suggested process.


If you would like paper copies of the Toolkit, GLAD can ship 5 copies to you for $20. This is cheaper than having them printed at a print shop and cheaper than a new print cartridge for your computer. Contact [email protected] to order.