Christians and Sex: Sexual Issues in the Church

An article in Leadership magazine tipped me to this resource and these stats.

  • Nearly 9 in 10 pastors are counseling a parishioner on sexual issues once a year or more.
  • 71% of pastors and 49% of laity are “very satisfied” with their marriage.
  • 55% of pastors and 64% of laity would like their sexual intimacy to be more frequent.
  • 5% of pastors and 14% of laity have committed adultery. The primary reason was marital dissatisfaction.
  • Laity respondents are more likely than pastors to confess adultery to their spouses (45% to 20%).
  • Very few churches have established policies to protect pastors from sexual temptation. The most frequent policy is to have a window in the pastor’s office door (27%).
  • Almost three-fourths of pastors told us they have been propositioned while in ministry (72%), with 8 percent reporting enticements a few times per year.

That last statistic was perhaps the most eye-opening for me personally.