I want to personally thank you for all the support you have gifted us over the last two years. We have grown exponentially and I am constantly amazed at how blessed we have been. As you can see by the blog title, we have some updates to share. As you have seen, if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, we are now the media production company for Landmark Worship Center. What does that entail?
We have a main team that you will see more of as time goes on: myself (Alex Burchnell), Chris Burchnell, Christin Barrett, and David Bennett. Chris is our editor for this blog as well as Landmark's. He also helps with filming when needed. Christin and David are our main production crew when it comes to filming services, podcasts, etc. They also post daily discussions on Landmark's Facebook group.
What does this mean for our current partner program? Well, not much will change. We still accept guest blog posts, graphic designs, etc. The only requirement to be an official partner of QCFV would be to create and send in a piece at least once a month. If you cannot commit monthly you can still send in guest posts but we would not list you as a partner. We would simply have your information at the bottom of each post you send in.
If you are an existing partner this will apply to you as well. If you have questions, please email me at QueerChristianFamilyValues@gmail.com for further discussion. If we do not get a response of confirmation from you by May 15th we will remove you as a Partner with the ability to submit as a guest.
I look forward to building QCFV's ministry to promote the affirmation and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Christian faith.
Until next time,
Alexander (Alex) M. Burchnell
President/Owner of QCFV
Things have been stressful lately, have they not? I for one have had a time adjusting to being home 24/7. I am working from home now, of which I know is a privileged where many, including some on the QCFV team, aren't as lucky. We wanted to do something to give a glimmer of happiness in this dire time. We here at QCFV and Landmark Worship Center would like to announce a binder giveaway!
The rules are listed on the application posted below, but here is a summary: To enter you must be under the transgender umbrella, follow us on all social media, re-post the giveaway and tag us, and fill out the application in full. This giveaway was announced on our social media on April 2nd and the ability to apply is extended through May 2nd. If you apply after the closing date you will not be entered to win.
The binder can be of any type but we will be ordering from Underworks. Please know your size as we cannot assist with returns unless the fault is on Underworks.
We look forward to having more giveaways like this in the future!
Click this link to fill out the form!
Until next time,
Alexander (Alex) M. Burchnell
President/Owner of QCFV
My name is Tiffany. I am an MTF transgender and also a Christian. I am still trying to reconcile everything in my life but wanted to share my story about my journey and where I am at today.
I was born in the late ’60s in the NE United States. Our family was not very religious but had Catholic roots. We did attend church occasionally, mostly around Christmas and Easter or for other special occasions. I was baptized as an infant, though probably more out of tradition. I also made my first communion in the Catholic Church. As I got older and headed off to college, church was not a regular part of my life, although I still considered myself Catholic.
I also started to have thoughts and feelings when I was young about what it would be like to be female. I can’t recall exactly what age the feelings started, but I was quite young. I was not sure what to do and did not share this with anyone. The feelings would come and go and increased in intensity over time. At that time, things like transgender were not well known, talked about, or accepted, so I was not really sure what to do. At one point in my teen years I decided to try on some of my mother’s clothes when nobody was home, and it just felt right. Now I really did not know what to do about this. I would look at girls and sit and wonder what it would be like to be one of them; meanwhile, I just tried to be one of the guys and fit in because that was what society expected.
I thought maybe things would change over time, but they did not. I got married and had kids, but the feelings were still there. We did start to attend church more regularly, though, as a family. First the Catholic church; then we tried other various churches for a while before ending up at a Pentecostal church. It really felt like home and we became regular attendees. I then made a decision to start taking ministry classes and became an ordained minister within the church. I thought for sure this would change things, but it did not. The feelings were still there, and I was not sure what to do. Questions ran through my mind like, was God ok with this? Why did I feel like this? Is this right?
The real question came down to how to reconcile these feelings with the Christian faith. I did not ask to feel like this. I hoped these feelings would go away, but they did not. Maybe they would subside for weeks or months, but then they would come back. I just could not shake the desire to be female. Everything the church taught was that this was wrong. I prayed, but the thoughts and feelings persisted. I did not want to just justify them or interpret Scripture to fit my situation. I really want to follow God and His plan for my life.
So here is where I am at today. I do not believe this is a salvation issue. I know that I am a sinner and need to be redeemed. John 14:6 says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This makes it clear that the only way to be saved is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, which I have done. Once we begin to follow Jesus, we are still sinners, but we should strive to be more like Him. If you go back to Genesis 1, God created man and woman and it was good. It is also clear that He expected us to have natural relationships and offspring to populate the earth. But then the fall in the garden occurred. Our sinful nature was awakened. That does not justify sin, but just like sickness and illness, man was now corrupted. This is the only explanation I can come up with to explain why I am like I am. I did not choose to feel like this, and I can only assume that I was born this way. Not what God originally intended, but a result of the fall of man. This is where I am currently at but still seeking answers.
So, I have accepted who I am and am now working to deal with everything. It is very difficult to do on my own, as until recently I had not come out to any friends or family, and living a double life is also not easy. I finally decide to open up to my sister, and she was very understanding and supportive. She said that she loved me no matter what and is there for me. That means so much to me, and it is nice to now know that I do have some support.
I have reconciled to take things a day at a time and continue to pray and focus on God and allow Him to guide me. I just want to glorify Him and show others the love of Christ. I know I don’t have the answers and really have no choice but to just trust in Him. I just look forward to the day where I can openly be “me” and don’t have to hide anymore.
I know for some, being transgender today is just a fad or fetish. We definitely live in a different world today than when I was younger. But I also know for some it is real, and many are dealing with a similar situation as me. Some friends and family may be accepting, but others may not. I think you just need to assess your situation and make the appropriate choices which are not always easy. Being a Christian really helps though, as you can rely on God to help guide you. I have prayed and given everything to my loving Father. If you put your trust in Him, He will not let you down!