The Question Churches Can No Longer Ignore

Ardee Coolidge | June 5, 2017

If a woman in your congregation faced an unplanned pregnancy, to whom could she turn for support?

I’ve been a part of the church for my whole life, but I’m not sure I could answer this question. If I don’t know the answer, then a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy in my church probably doesn’t know either.

In the church I’ve learned about the value of pro-life candidates, fundraising for local pregnancy centers, and the national sin of abortion and God’s impending judgment. But I haven’t learned much about positive, practical efforts to cultivate a culture of life within the congregation.

And I’m not the only one.

‘In Here’ Problem, Too

The American Culture & Faith Institute recently conducted a nationwide study of spiritually active Christians, partly to discover what social issues parishioners want their pastors to cover. Ninety-one percent of respondents wanted more information from their pastor on abortion and topics related to “the beginning of life, right to life, contraception, adoption, and unwed mothers.” 

No doubt, pastors often fear raising controversial issues like contraception or unwed motherhood. Yet if churches don’t actively teach on these issues, congregants will turn elsewhere for information. And all too often, the voices they encounter will point them toward life-denying decisions.

Of course, it isn’t enough to merely preach on…

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