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Pastors and Porn

18 February 2010

image This afternoon my coaching instructor sent an e-mail newsletter from Gary Collins [author of Christian Counseling:A Comprehensive Guide (2007) and Christian Coaching (2009)] on pornography. (Find it here.)

I was reminded of various statistic regarding pastors and porn that have come across my desk:

  • In March of 2002 Rick Warren’s (author of the Purpose Driven life) Pastors.com website conducted a survey on porn use of 1351 pastors: 54% of the pastors had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.
  • In his book, "Men’s Secret Wars", Patrick Means reveals a confidential survey of evangelical pastors and church lay leaders. Sixty-four percent of these Christian leaders confirm that they are struggling with sexual addiction or sexual compulsion including, but not limited to use of pornography, compulsive masturbation, or other secret sexual activity. http://www.blazinggrace.org/cms/bg/pornstats
  • 98% [or pastors surveyed] had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website.  National Coalition survey of pastors.  Seattle.  April 2000.
  • One in seven calls to Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Care Hotline is related to internet pornography. http://www.worldmag.com/articles/10555
  • Almost forty percent [of pastors] polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.  (“Death by Ministry”, Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle).

I asked Carl (my certification instructor) if he thought it would be helpful to develop a workshop on how to coach men (and women) addicted to porn.  But even more than that for me is the need to DO good coaching for pastors in this area.

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