Study: Most Churches Have Never Disciplined a Congregant

Lifeway Research recently released new poll wherein 1,000 pastors were interviewed about church discipline. Of those interviewed, the majority (55%) said, “A member has not been formally disciplined since I came as pastor nor prior as far as I know.”

Only 8% of those surveyed said a church member had been disciplined in the last year, and 21% said it has been at least three years since a church member was disciplined.

18% pastors said that their church has “no official policies in place for disciplining members.”

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Executive Director at Lifeway Scott McConnell told The Christian Post, “It’s one of the topics that churches rarely talk about.”

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