For those who are wondering how church people would respond to sermon series directly addressing sexual issues, here are the results from one study that endeavored to answer just that question.

In March 2005 Christianity Today published the results of a study called “Christians and Sex” in their Leadership Journal.

680 pastors and 1,972 laypersons were surveyed, with the following results:

* 44% of churchgoers want to hear more scriptural teaching from their pastors on the subject of sex.

* 22% of pastors feel they should spend more time on the topic.

* 85% of pastors say they speak about sexual issues once a year, while 63% of churchgoers say their pastors do so. Among those churchgoers who say they want their pastors to preach more about sexual issues, 47% say their pastor speaks about it once a year, an even bigger difference of opinion.

A CTI analyst was quoted saying “Perhaps this desire for more biblical exposition on sexual issues exists because pastors are not speaking forcefully or clearly enough, while exposure to sexual images and messages in today’s media is ever more heightened.”

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