About four out of five Protestant pastors have said that their congregations are primarily made up of one racial or ethnic group, according to a newly released report by LifeWay Research.
Eighty-one percent of surveyed pastors said they either “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” with the statement “My church is predominantly one racial or ethnic group.”
The findings were drawn from a survey of 1,000 pastors from Protestant churches conducted over the phone from Aug. 30 to Sept. 18, 2017.
While still a large percentage, 81 percent is a decline from 2013, when 86 percent of surveyed pastors reported having a church that was “predominantly one racial or ethnic group.”
“Protestant churches are still mostly divided by race,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “But they’re heading in the right direction.”
The report also found that 93 percent of pastors believed churches should strive to become more diverse, an increase from the 85 percent reported in 2013.
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Source: Christian Post