Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation.
But few say church leaders are clamoring to hear more about it.
And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.
Those are among the findings of a new study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, found little pushback against or demand for sermons on racial reconciliation in their churches, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.
“Most pastors appear to be taking a leadership role in encouraging racial reconciliation,” said McConnell. “Nine in 10 pastors say they recently have done something to encourage racial reconciliation. A majority has been socializing with other races and ethnicities and have led prayer on racial reconciliation, but less than a third have addressed economic inequity or publicly lamented injustice.”
Mixed feelings about racial reconciliation
Researchers found most pastors (90 percent) say their church would welcome a sermon on racial reconciliation. Seven percent disagree, while three percent aren’t sure.
While 45 percent have preached on racial reconciliation in the last three months, few pastors have been criticized for speaking…Continue Reading