(Lifeway Research) Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago.
According to a LifeWay Research study, 74% of pastors agree their congregation would welcome a sermon on racial reconciliation, with 32% strongly agreeing. In 2016, however, 90% of pastors believed their congregation would be open to a sermon on the topic, with 57% strongly agreeing.
Today, 17% of pastors say their church would not want to hear about racial reconciliation, up from 7% in 2016.
“While most pastors’ teaching is not limited to things their congregation wants to hear, it is helpful to know the reaction pastors anticipate from their congregation,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “Instead of a majority strongly agreeing, now only a third of pastors have no hesitation that their congregation would welcome a sermon on racial reconciliation.”
African American pastors (93%) are more likely than white pastors (73%) or pastors of other ethnicities (74%) to say their church would be…
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Editor’s Note. This article was written by Aaron Earls and published at Lifeway Research. Title changed by Protestia