Most Pastors Say Their Churches Never Discipline Members for Sinful Misconduct, Survey Finds
No kidding. Goodness knows most church people these days do not speak out against hetero fornication.
They are afraid of offending or hurting the feelings of any and all fornicators sitting in their pews. They also expect anyone and everyone past the age of 25 and single to be sexually sinning – there is no expectation of any adult being chaste.
by Samuel Smith, April 2018
Protestant churches in the United States rarely reprimand their members for misconduct as a survey indicates that more than half of pastors say they don’t know of an instance in which their church has disciplined a member.
LifeWay Research unveiled a new poll Thursday in which over 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, ministers and priests were interviewed about their church’s handling of formal discipline.
The responses were weighed by region to reflect population. The sampling size includes a 3.2-percentage-point margin of error.
When asked over the phone when the last time their church formally disciplined a member, 55 percent of pastors said that “a member has not been formally disciplined since I came as pastor nor prior as far as I know.”
Only 3 percent of pastors said that discipline was issued within the last month and 5 percent said that their churches disciplined members within the last six months. Meanwhile, 8 percent of pastors said their churches had disciplined members in the last year and 5 percent said that members had been punished in the last two years.
Twenty-one percent of pastors said that their churches had disciplined members in the last three years and only 2 percent of clergy said that they didn’t know the answer to that question.
… The survey, which was conducted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 18, 2017, also finds that pastors of churches that have an attendance of 100 or more were more likely — 20 percent to 13 percent — than pastors of churches with an attendance of 50-99 to say that their churches had disciplined members within the last year.
Sixty-five percent of pastors of churches that have fewer than 50 members said that no member had been disciplined under their watch or prior to their service at the church as far as they knew.
…Additionally, evangelical pastors were more likely than mainline pastors — 19 percent to 11 percent — to say that their churches had disciplined members within the last year. Likewise, evangelical pastors were 12 percentage points (31 percent to 19 percent) more likely than mainline pastors to say that church members were disciplined “more than a year ago.”
Forty-nine percent of evangelical pastors said that a church member had not been disciplined during or before their time at the church as far as they know. Sixty-seven percent of mainline pastors said the same.