It’s been one year since the #MeToo movement swept the country creating a greater awareness of sexual violence. It’s apparent that the movement has had an impact on churches as well – both on pastors and on their flocks.
A recent study by LifeWay Research found that 85 percent of Protestant pastors surveyed have heard of the #MeToo movement. Of those pastors, 41 percent are now more inclined to preach about domestic and sexual violence; and 40 percent say they understand more about what’s happening concerning the issue.
OneNewsNow asked LifeWay Research executive director Scott McConnell: What about within the church body itself?
“Almost six out of ten pastors say that their congregation is more aware of how common sexual and domestic violence is,” he responds. “And more than six out of ten say that their congregation has more empathy [now] towards those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence than they had before the #MeToo movement.”
McConnell explains that many pastors have taken the small but important first step of removing the taboo of talking about such sins and crimes from the pulpit.
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SOURCE: One News Now, Bill Bumpas