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by | Nov 28, 2023 | Research | 5 comments

We are so thrilled to announce that we can now raise money for good fruit Faith in the usa with the bosko foundation

At Bare Marriage, Rebecca, Keith, Joanna and I (plus everyone else behind the scenes) has one big goal: Change the evangelical conversation about sex and marriage so that it’s healthy and reflects Jesus. 

The church is sick, and we want to help make it well.

We’ve been working so hard to do that over the last few years with books, courses, social media, my blog, my podcasts. And you’ve listened! You’ve found us!

But what about those who haven’t found us yet? How do we reach them?

Quite frankly, we can’t work much harder than we already are. We’ve hit a wall.

And now we have a way to break through that wall!

We are so thriled to announce that we have been asked by the Bosko Foundation to lead their Good Fruit Faith initiative, so we can raise tax receiptable donations for the work we do.

The Bosko Good Fruit Faith initiative’s aim is to raise up a generation of Christians eager to embrace critical thinking and evidence-based solutions so that our faith bears good fruit, not bad fruit. We will continue to do that by conducting rigorous original research, and then by disseminating that research through books, academic papers, podcasts, and social media channels. The Bosko GF initiative therefore offers a profound opportunity to further the Bosko’s mission of encouraging graceful participation in the body of Jesus Christ with His nourishing Word.

Bosko is a US based public charity and all donations to the Good Fruit Faith initiaitve are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by US law. Bosko is excited to begin to raise money to support the work of Good Fruit Faith

(We’re hoping to do the same in Canada and the UK at some point soon, as the Bosko foundation is looking to expand there as well).

We’re calling ourselves Good Fruit Faith, because Jesus told us to judge things by the fruit. So we’re all about evidence-based research on what is healthy–and what is not.

And we have plans!

We’d like to spend the first year doing two big things:

  1. Providing grants to post-graduate students and professors to write papers for peer reviewed journals using our datasets 
  2. Creating continuing education opportunities for pastors, counselors, and pelvic floor physiotherapists.

We want to change the way pastors and counselors and Christian workers are taught, so that people will recognize toxic teachings. That way we can cut them off at the source before leaders start spreading them.

This is a big stretch, but we’re hoping to raise $52,000 by Christmas. 

This money will help us get others involved, so that others are continuing the work that we’ve started, and it’s not all on us.

Imagine if, when future pastors went to seminary, the research journals they read were filled with information on how harmful the obligation sex message is.

Imagine if, when counselors were in training, the research journals were filled with the dangers of the love & respect dichotomy.

Imagine if, when youth pastors were trained, statistics on the effects of the modesty messages were part of the curriculum.

We can get there–if we can get our findings into the academic literature. And that’s a problem right now because we only have one Joanna Sawatsky (our wonderful stats person), and we need to clone her. 

And that’s where you come in! 

Will you partner with us in combatting the toxicity of sex & marriage teachings with a healthy, biblical, evidence-based approach that actually works? 

You can give a one time gift, or, better still, sign up for monthly support so we can budget better and start some long-term projects. 

We can’t start the next phase until we raise $28,000. 

Once we get to $52,000, we’ll be able to fulfill our next big goals.

And if we raise more? I’ll have to contain how giddy Joanna will be, but we’ll go full speed ahead on our continuing education planning.

To give, just go here. This will take you to the Bosko Foundation, which has Good Fruit Faith as one of its initiatives. To support us, just click here! If you would like to give on a monthly basis (which would be wonderful), there’s also an easy way to sign up to do that!

Your donations are tax receiptable in the United States. 

And hopefully in other countries too! (Again, we’re waiting on Canada even though we’re Canadian because the CRA makes this a little bit difficult, but we will update you as soon as we have it!)

This will be separate from our Patreon.

We can’t give perks for donations that are tax receiptable, so our Patreon is still separate. So if you can’t use the tax receipt, but you still want to help fund what we’re doing, another way to do it is through our Patreon. That way you can be part of our Facebook group, and get access to unfiltered podcasts, and more! 

This money will fund all new Good Fruit Faith initiatives

This money is not to help the blog or the podcast, which are sustained primarily through course sales and merchandise sales. This money is to start new initiatives where we train new people and offer grants to continue the work. We want to grow our influence–and we’d love for you to be a part of that!

Thank you for your support, your kind comments, and your encouragement. I so appreciate all of you who show up everyday here at the blog, and who leave comments, and who read through our emails. You help us keep going. And your stories fuel us when we get weary.

And we’re not weary now! We’re excited about what God will do as we try to change the conversation about sex and marriage in the church, and we appreciate all of you who are in this with us, supporting us whatever way you can!

Again, if you’re able to give, here’s the link. https://secure.qgiv.com/for/goodfruits

We appreciate you!

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Sheila Wray Gregoire

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Sheila Wray Gregoire

Author at Bare Marriage

Sheila is determined to help Christians find biblical, healthy, evidence-based help for their marriages. And in doing so, she's turning the evangelical world on its head, challenging many of the toxic teachings, especially in her newest book The Great Sex Rescue. She’s an award-winning author of 8 books and a sought-after speaker. With her humorous, no-nonsense approach, Sheila works with her husband Keith and daughter Rebecca to create podcasts and courses to help couples find true intimacy. Plus she knits. All the time. ENTJ, straight 8

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5 Comments

  1. Em

    I’m crying right now, this is so incredible you guys.

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  2. Lisa Johns

    Congratulations, this is so awesome!

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  3. Laura

    Thank you Bare Marriage for your awesome ministry! It’s about time Christians stop being afraid of research and test the fruit!

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    • Jane King

      Congratulations, that is amazing news.

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  4. Bernadette

    This is great!

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