A survey of pastor suggests they're taking a leadership role in addressing racial reconciliation.
Lifeway Research surveyed 1,000 protestant pastors, inquiring what's being done within their congregations to address racial tensions in the U.S.
The summary article from LifeWay shows white and black pastors were interviewed last year as well as pastors from other unidentified races.
Scott McConnell, executive director of the Christian research organization, found the results very encouraging.
"We see that nine out of 10 pastors say that they've recently done something to encourage racial reconciliation," he says, citing the survey results.
The pastors who have taken action - slightly more than half - have discussed the issue with church leadership; mentioned reconciliation during corporate prayers; and spent time with neighbors of other ethnicities.
Forty-five percent have preached on the topic in the last three months and only five percent said they received negative feedback.
The research also shows, unfortunately, that only one-quarter of pastors stated that they've been urged by church members to preach about racial reconciliation.