Helping Pastors Addicted to Porn ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

On Wednesday of this week, an article I wrote for Christianity Today was posted on their CTPastors website.  The title …

What Can Drug-Addicted Doctors Teach Porn-Addicted Pastors?

So many things have been happening this year and led me to the thought about churches and the pastors that are struggling with porn or sex.  I have no idea how many pastors are secretly in this battle, but I know the pain and shame they are experiencing and the fear that if they were to tell anybody it would cost them their job.

This thought came to me while reading about what happened at Willow Creek, the 700 victims of sexual abuse over 20 years in the Southern Baptist Denomination and the ongoing scandal within the Catholic Church.

We would be foolish to think that either every pastor is addicted to porn and sex or to believe that none of them are struggling.  As I write in the article …

“According to a 2016 Barna report, “Most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with porn, either currently or in the past.” And, “about 12% of youth pastors and 5% of pastors say they are addicted to porn.” 

What if we tried to solve this problem without just letting these secret sins to keep growing until it is discovered, the pastor is fired, the church is shocked, the marriage is in jeopardy, and the pastor’s family is wounded?

I do believe that if a pastor has actually committed adultery and has been unfaithful to the spouse then resignation is necessary.  However, what if there is a way for pastors struggling with porn can find the accountability and support they need without them losing their jobs?

Since the article posted almost 30 new people have signed up for my emails of encouragement.  I am guessing some of those are pastors and hopefully you are reading this email or listening to the podcast.

On this Sunday night at 9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time, I am going to have another 180LIVE.  I will be sharing my story online and I hope you will be there to listen whether you are a pastor struggling or not a pastor but struggling.

God has done a powerful work in my life over the past 13+ years.  We have created a strong recovery program that is first and foremost biblical and practical.

We currently have a number of pastors who are part of our Online Support Teams.  Some have resigned and are moving forward with their lives and others are still serving.

As 180 Ministries continues to expand it would be a very valuable thing for me if I can help other pastors who are struggling with their sexual brokenness, want to find the help they need without having to resign, and want to be part of the solution instead of becoming another statistic.

Here is the link for Sunday night at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. If you have never used Zoom before … try it out ahead of time.  You can remain anonymous on the call and not put in your real name, plus, you can keep the video off and there is no record or recording taking place.

After I share, we will have a question and answer time when you can send me a question privately through the chat window and I can answer it for everyone to hear.

https://zoom.us/j/450760331

Lastly, if you want to correspond with me privately use my doyel@me.com email address.

A life of forgiveness and restoration is possible and we want to help you get there.

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