Abortion in the Church
At Care Net, we believe that “life decisions need life support,” and the church is God's instrument to provide life support to women, men, and families to empower them to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.
James 1:27 compels us to care for orphans (who are children without fathers) and widows (who are women without husbands). Accordingly, God created His church to, among other things, fight to protect the unborn, end abortion, and strengthen families.
However, according to data from The Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who have abortions identify themselves as Christians. Our research found that 4 in 10 women were regularly attending church at the time of their abortion.
These high numbers are a challenge and an opportunity for the church to become more actively involved in saving the unborn from abortion.
But the difficulty in far too many communities, especially urban communities, is that:
1) urban areas are home to many abortion clinics,
2) urban areas see a disproportionately high number of abortions,
3) urban areas generally contain very few life-affirming pregnancy centers.
Moreover, mega-churches -- representing upwards of 10% of all churches -- have a disproportionate number of seekers—those with a casual connection to Christianity that are seeking connection to God but with anonymity. Additionally, there are rural and suburban areas where pregnancy centers must close or consolidate for financial reasons. This is where churches must step up and prepare to offer compassion, hope, help, and discipleship to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.
The Solution – Making Life Disciples
Making Life Disciples will transform your church's response to the abortion crisis:
Equips the church to lead with credibility and love - offering compassion, hope, help, and discipleship to women and men facing pregnancy decisions.
Easy to implement
Ongoing prayer and technical support from Care Net staff and our volunteer regional coordinators
Making Life Disciples is, first, a way to equip a select group of first-responders in your church to offer compassion, hope, and help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies; and, second, a way to raise the life-affirming IQ of your whole church—including senior leadership—related to abortion.
Next Steps - After the Training is Completed
We consider MLD basic training for Pro-abundant-life ministry in a church. What can your church plan to do after the training is complete? One of the most important documents we have put together carries you and your church beyond inspiration to implementation. In our "NEXT STEPs" document we provide detailed steps that you can use to plan the first two years of ministry activity in your church. You can download it here.