Mar 30, 2017 by Will Maule

Here's The Number One Way 1,000 Pastors Have Pursued Racial Reconciliation

Pastors all across the US have been pursuing racial reconciliation, or urging their congregations to do this. We are living in a divisive time in the US, and the more the Church can encourage unity, the better. So how are Church leaders pursuing this? Well, Nine out of 10 American pastors say they recently encouraged racial reconciliation. Their favorite method: Breaking bread with someone of another ethnicity, according to LifeWay research.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of pastors have shared a meal with a diverse small group of people (less than 10) in the past month. This includes 44 percent who say they’ve had such a meal in the past week. However, the proportion varies by denomination. Pentecostal (50%), Methodist (48%), and Baptist (46%) pastors were more likely to have shared a meal with a diverse group in the past week, while Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (34%) were less likely.

“Most pastors appear to be taking a leadership role in encouraging racial reconciliation,” said Scott McConnell, executive director LifeWay research. “Nine in 10 pastors say they recently have done something to encourage racial reconciliation."

"A majority have been socializing with other races and ethnicities and have led prayer on racial reconciliation,” he noted. “But less than a third have addressed economic inequity or publicly lamented injustice.”

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