Our Mission

With a decade of experience teaching sexual ethics to teens, Across My Heart Ministries equips the next generation to passionately pursue the heart of God with their whole lives… including their sexuality.
“WHY WE TALK ABOUT PURITY”
VISION: 

We want to see a generation who loves God with their whole lives, who lives lives of purity and sees God clearly, who upholds God’s design for sexuality whether single or married and writes His Word across their hearts.

We’d grown up in the church. We’d heard about purity. But it seemed to miss the mark. We knew that God’s good design for sexuality had to be about more than the physical standards of abstinence and virginity. So we set out to read God’s Word and reclaim what purity actually means for our lives…. passionately pursuing Him with everything we have! We want the church to have a biblical sexual ethic… one that is truly holistic and focuses on more than just the physical boundaries but also encompasses positive body image, healthy relationships, mental health, and a deeper love for God. 


OUR STORY: 

Across My Heart began in 2010 when Ashley and her sister Amber hosted a “girl’s night” for their church. Ashley was still in high school at the time. But she wanted to find a way to invest in the next generation with all the confusing messages about body image, sexuality, and self-worth. With the help of friends, they started hosting retreats consistently and today hundreds of girls have gone through their purity retreat curriculum. In 2018 they expanded their ministry to include events for young women in their teens and twenties. New members joined the team and together, they began regularly blogging and hosting online bible studies for women of all ages. They’ve had the opportunity to speak at conferences, universities, and even go on tour with True Girl Ministries. In 2021 the ministry began hosting conferences of their own. We are excited to see what’s next!


What We Believe

WORD OF GOD

How can a young woman keep her way pure? By living according to His Word (Psalm 119:9) We believe the Bible is the unchangeable, infallible Word of God. We are committed to writing His Word across our hearts through Scripture study and memorization as we passionately pursue God with our whole lives. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

GOD

We believe in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1 , Deuteronomy 6:4). We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. His death and resurrection on our behalf guarantees new life for all who trust in Him. (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22). The Holy Spirit convicts, comforts, and equips us for ministry. (Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14)

SALVATION

We recognize our sinful human nature and our need for redemption through Christ alone, not by good works but through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9)

CHURCH

We believe that the church is made up of believers who live out the gospel and show the world who Jesus Christ is. (Matthew 28:19-20, Colossians 1:8, 1 Peter 5:1-5)

SEXUALITY

We believe that we were created as sexual beings. That God purposefully designed men and women uniquely to reflect His very nature and that our sexuality is a physical reality of a greater spiritual reality. We believe God designed sex to be pleasurable as well as purposeful, that sex is to be honored and enjoyed in marriage and the marriage bed kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)

MARRIAGE

We believe that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman (Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11), reflecting Christ’s faithful love for the church. God created unique roles for the husband and wife within a marriage (Ephesians 5:22-23). Our earthly marriages serve as a symbol of a much greater spiritual reality that we as the church are the bride of Christ and we are making ourselves ready for the marriage of the Lamb (Revelations 19:7).

BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD

Biblical womanhood reflects the gospel as a whole and is not restricted to passages on women alone. But those passages do give us specific instructions such as Titus 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 2:9-11, and 1 Peter 3:3-4. It is our hope that women of the Lord will live out their womanhood according to Scripture, submitting not to the fear of man but unto the Lord.


THE ACROSS MY HEART APPROACH

  • Sex is a good thing God created. It isn’t an evil to avoid but a good thing to protect for the right context.
  • Sexual ethics aren’t about “good behavior” but living out of love for God.
  • We base our sexual identity in God’s Word, understanding our value as human beings with sexed bodies and souls.
  • Our masculinity and femininity work together to fully reflect His Image.
  • God’s ways are the best ways to live. His wisdom applies to every area of our sexuality, including our sexual brokenness.
  • God’s love story is the foundation for understanding sexual intimacy and identity
  • We are all designed to love and be loved. But the ultimate fulfillment of love isn’t in sexual relationships but in a deep, intimate relationship with God.

WHAT WE OFFER

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

We will tailor messages for teens, college students, youth leaders, or parents about God’s truths for holistic purity in our lives. From Father-daughter banquets to youth retreats and women’s conferences, Across My Heart Ministries provides a team of experienced speakers on the topics of Biblical sexuality.

ONLINE BLOG

We use this little corner of the blogging sphere to write about a grander vision for sexuality, a holistic purity that encompasses our whole self by passionately pursuing God with everything we have.

LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST

The first season of our podcast Yada Yada dives into purity culture, the history of the sexual revolution, the theology of the body, and so much more! Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

CONFERENCES

In 2021, we hosted our first youth conference and our first women’s conference, highlighting the intersection of faith and sexual ethics. These two day events equip the local church to know what they believe about sexuality and why they believe it. Break out sessions include LGBTQIA+, pornography, sex trafficking and other pressing cultural topics.