NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – There's no consensus among Protestant pastors whether a colleague accused of misconduct should step down from the pulpit for a time, according to a LifeWay Research survey released May 10.
Few respondents, however, say pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry, LifeWay Research reported on the findings of a telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors.
"Pastors believe church leaders should be held to high standards," said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, based in Nashville. "They also want to protect themselves against allegations that could be false."
The LifeWay Research survey asked pastors for their views on handling allegations of misconduct; the type of misconduct narrowed to adultery in one of the questions.