LifeWay Christian Resources will release this month its revamped series, “True Love Waits,” along with its new author, Clayton King.
True Love Waits (TLW) is an international campaign challenging teenagers and college students to make a commitment to sexual abstinence until marriage.
Originally created by LifeWay, it encourages adolescents to moral purity by adhering to biblical principles.
Clayton King is the founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide and Clayton King Ministries. He also serves as teaching pastor at NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., and as campus pastor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
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Clayton King, seen here with his wife, Sharie, signed the True Love Waits pledge as a college student and now is writing for the True Love Project.
TLW first debuted in 1994 when King was a college student at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs.
King said, “I was part of the movement when it began. I spoke at one of the very first TLW/DiscipleNow weekends. I signed the [commitment] card, along with hundreds of thousands of students, and I still meet people today who give testimony to a season in their adolescence when they began to discover God’s design for love and intimacy. … It certainly changed the trajectory of my life as a young man.”
In honor of its 20th anniversary, LifeWay has renamed TLW and changed its purpose. Renamed “The True Love Project (TLP),” this redesigned campaign will still emphasize sexual purity but with a particular focus on sexual health.
LifeWay will be releasing the first wave of TLP resources this Christmas.
TLP will feature an eight-session video-driven Bible study and focus on how the gospel of Jesus Christ can serve as a catalyst for sexual purity. Understanding God’s true design for love and sex, students will learn that sexual abstinence is centered in a desire that honors and pleases God.
King said, “I want the [TLP] to challenge young women and men to dig deeper into the reality of relationships and human connections. … I want them to defy the stereotype of the typical American teenager by living for the glory of God … I want them to discover a love for the wisdom of scripture and uncover the rich intimacy found in prayer and worship.” TLP is available for pre-order at Lifeway.com. The materials will be widely available Dec. 15.