Survey shows disconnect between pastors, congregations

Monday, September 14, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

An evangelical pollster has conducted a national survey of spiritually active Christian conservatives to find out what role they want their churches to play in the 2016 elections.

"More than six out of ten conservative Christians said that they want their church to be more active in the upcoming election than they had been in the past couple of election cycles," the principal researcher of this study, George Barna, executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, tells OneNewsNow. "And two out of three of them (67 percent) said that they want their church to provide them with more information – more Biblical teachings – about the issues that are so important in this election."

And what are those issues?

Barna

"The ones that rated at the top of the list were issues like abortions and religious freedom and persecution, sexual identity issues and same-sex marriage, how to think about and respond to Israel, poverty, (and) cultural restoration," Barna details.

He explains that his organization also surveyed a large national sample of theologically conservative senior pastors about their willingness to preach on these issues "and found that most pastors had not preached on them; they didn't plan to preach on them."

"So there's a disconnect there between what the people in the pews are saying – 'Pastor, I need to know what does the Bible say about these things?’ - and pastors' willingness to teach them about these very issues," Barna summarizes.

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