January 6th, 2008
The most visible sign Love Won Out is coming to your town is the billboard that generally goes up about a month before the conference date. I’ve long suspected LWO is also promoted from within local churches and now have confirmation of that. LWO’s website has undergone considerable re-tooling in response to the paradigm shift caused by the emergence of the Ex-Gay Survivor’s Movement.
It’s not part of that response but the LWO site now includes resources for local churches that wish to put together groups to attend/promote the event. See “Church Resources” on the LWO site here. Most interesting is a PDF checklist titled “Promotional Plan.” Checklist items include:
-“Put LWO information in your bulletin” on four consecutive Sundays prior to the event. A sample bulletin text is provided.
-“Dates to make introductory announcement from your pulpit” again on four consecutive Sundays prior to the event.
-“Let Dr. Dobson assist you in introducing LWO to your congregation by playing the promotional CD.”
-Brochures Focus will provide to put on information tables.
-At your next church staff meeting choose 5 staff/lay leaders “who need to hear this message.” [There’s something about that phrasing I find creepy.]
-Discounted group rates for organized groups of more than 10 people ($40/person, the regular advance rate is $50).
-Recruit members of your church to volunteer at the conference.
The most comical part is LWO’s continued paranoia about security. Following the item about recruiting volunteers is a note that reads:
“*PLEASE recruit only volunteers that you or your pastoral staff can personally recommend”
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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