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Protecting Church Leaders
Identifying & Effectively Addressing Pornography in Your Church
PASTOR….. Don’t be a MONKEY
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Protecting Church Leaders
Why Pastors and Christian Leaders Aren’t
Addressing the Problem of Pornography
 It is Awkward
 It is Embarrassing
 It is Controversial
 It is Sensitive
 Misunderstanding
 Criticism
 Questions Judgment
 Ignorance
 Not Knowing How to Address the Issue
 The Pastor May Be Struggling
Personally
WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?
 When asked to estimate how many of their church members view porn on a
weekly basis, 43% of these pastors did not respond. Of those who did:
 62% of pastors said less than 10% of congregants view porn weekly
 24% of pastors said that 10-24% of their members view porn weekly
 10% of pastors said that that 25-49% of their members view porn weekly
 4% of pastors said that 50% or more of their members view porn weekly
 Other Stats:
 43% of internet users view porn
 70% of 18-24 year olds visit porn sites monthly
A Lifeway Christian Resource poll of 1000 pastors indicated:
WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?
 Confess Your Sin of Silence if you have been silent about Pornography in the
Church
 Lay your Need to Not be Criticized on the Altar
 Learn all you Can about the Issue, but make sure you have put on the whole
armor of God, make a covenant with your eyes.
 Have High Personal Accountability
 The People in the Pew want to Hear their Pastor Address this Issue—Believe It!
 Be Aware of the Three Types of Struggles Christians are Having With
Pornography
Three levels of struggling Among Christians as
it relates to Pornography:
 The Job Struggle :Those who are tempted to Look.
 The Solomon Struggle: Those who fight a daily battle to not go to porn sites..
 The Samson Struggle: Those who are addicted.
WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?
 Jesus Expected the Church to Proactively Attack the Gates of Hell - Start
Attacking Pornography!
 Pornography Adversely Effects Multiple Areas of the Life of a Christian
 Spiritual
 Physical
 Relational
 Financial
 Vocational
 Mental
 Emotional
 Legal
WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?
 Provide Support Groups…
 Hold up God’s Standard of Sex
10 THINGS CHRISTIANS CAN DO TO HELP
PASTORS
 Pray Daily for a Hedge of Protection Around Your Pastor—Satan’s Traps
 Communicate with him/her that you want him/her to address the subject of
pornography from the pulpit
 Gather specific information about pornography in the church and give to your
pastor
 Form a prayer team to pray for your pastor and staff. Develop a Pastor Squad
where you and a few others make it your mission to intercede for your
pastor(s).
10 THINGS CHRISTIANS CAN DO TO HELP
PASTORS
 Show Your Pastor or Christian Leader the connection between Pornography
and Sex Trafficking, Violence toward Women, Harm to Children and Teens,
Prostitution, Rape, and Child Molestation
 Encourage the Pastor to have a Specific Day of Commitment
 Be prepared to Defend your Pastor!
 Encourage your Pastor to Ask the Question to the Church or Christian
Organization, “Are you struggling with Internet Pornography?”
 Be Willing to Get out the Information
 Ask your Spouse, “Have you or are you now struggling at any level with
pornography?”

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Protecting Church Leaders

  • 1. Protecting Church Leaders Identifying & Effectively Addressing Pornography in Your Church
  • 5. Why Pastors and Christian Leaders Aren’t Addressing the Problem of Pornography  It is Awkward  It is Embarrassing  It is Controversial  It is Sensitive  Misunderstanding  Criticism  Questions Judgment  Ignorance  Not Knowing How to Address the Issue  The Pastor May Be Struggling Personally
  • 6. WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?  When asked to estimate how many of their church members view porn on a weekly basis, 43% of these pastors did not respond. Of those who did:  62% of pastors said less than 10% of congregants view porn weekly  24% of pastors said that 10-24% of their members view porn weekly  10% of pastors said that that 25-49% of their members view porn weekly  4% of pastors said that 50% or more of their members view porn weekly  Other Stats:  43% of internet users view porn  70% of 18-24 year olds visit porn sites monthly A Lifeway Christian Resource poll of 1000 pastors indicated:
  • 7. WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?  Confess Your Sin of Silence if you have been silent about Pornography in the Church  Lay your Need to Not be Criticized on the Altar  Learn all you Can about the Issue, but make sure you have put on the whole armor of God, make a covenant with your eyes.  Have High Personal Accountability  The People in the Pew want to Hear their Pastor Address this Issue—Believe It!  Be Aware of the Three Types of Struggles Christians are Having With Pornography
  • 8. Three levels of struggling Among Christians as it relates to Pornography:  The Job Struggle :Those who are tempted to Look.  The Solomon Struggle: Those who fight a daily battle to not go to porn sites..  The Samson Struggle: Those who are addicted.
  • 9. WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?  Jesus Expected the Church to Proactively Attack the Gates of Hell - Start Attacking Pornography!  Pornography Adversely Effects Multiple Areas of the Life of a Christian  Spiritual  Physical  Relational  Financial  Vocational  Mental  Emotional  Legal
  • 10. WHAT IS A PASTOR TO DO?  Provide Support Groups…  Hold up God’s Standard of Sex
  • 11. 10 THINGS CHRISTIANS CAN DO TO HELP PASTORS  Pray Daily for a Hedge of Protection Around Your Pastor—Satan’s Traps  Communicate with him/her that you want him/her to address the subject of pornography from the pulpit  Gather specific information about pornography in the church and give to your pastor  Form a prayer team to pray for your pastor and staff. Develop a Pastor Squad where you and a few others make it your mission to intercede for your pastor(s).
  • 12. 10 THINGS CHRISTIANS CAN DO TO HELP PASTORS  Show Your Pastor or Christian Leader the connection between Pornography and Sex Trafficking, Violence toward Women, Harm to Children and Teens, Prostitution, Rape, and Child Molestation  Encourage the Pastor to have a Specific Day of Commitment  Be prepared to Defend your Pastor!  Encourage your Pastor to Ask the Question to the Church or Christian Organization, “Are you struggling with Internet Pornography?”  Be Willing to Get out the Information  Ask your Spouse, “Have you or are you now struggling at any level with pornography?”