NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For many Protestant pastors, domestic violence is the pro-life issue they almost never talk about.
A new survey from LifeWay Research found that most Protestant senior pastors say they know victims of domestic violence and believe stopping abuse is a pro-life issue. But those pastors seldom address domestic violence from the pulpit. And less than half have been trained in how to help victims.
Those are among the findings of a new telephone survey of 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The survey was co-sponsored by two Christian nonprofits: Washington, D.C.-based Sojournersand Maryland-based IMA World Health.
Sojourners president Jim Wallis, said the survey shows churches can do more to address domestic violence.
“This is a conversation the church needs to be having but isn’t,” he said. “We cannot remain silent when our brothers and sisters live under the threat of violence in their homes and communities.”
The recent LifeWay Research pastor’s survey is one of the first of its kind on the topic of domestic violence.
To read in full, please go to http://www.lifewayresearch.com/2014/06/27/pastors-seldom-preach-about-domestic-violence/