Church Leaders Encouraged To Tackle Rising Porn Use In Their Congregations

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UK Charity, the Naked Truth Project, are tackling the
damaging social and relational impact of pornography
addiction within communities through releasing tickets at
the weekend to an online international conference; P-Word,
designed to equip churches and church leaders.

The
event aims to resource church leaders to talk honestly about
pornography use, its impact on communities and to provide
those struggling with hope. P-Word conference is to be
hosted on 28-30th September, with tickets now released and
discounted for denominational church groups.

The
specialised online gathering will host interactive talks
over a 72-hour time zone period, involving a range of
therapists, clinical experts and activists offering
practical and pastoral responses to the increasing
issue.

Lisa Taylor, a Counsellor in partner trauma and
sex addiction, based in Whangarei, New Zealand will add to
the raft of international speakers. These include a U.S
based relational psychotherapist, Dr Jake Porter, and Dr
Barbara Steffens, also a certified coach for partners of sex
addicts.

Whangarei based Counsellor, Lisa Taylor said:
“The porn tsunami has hit New Zealand’s shores. The
Pornhub website announced a few years ago that our country
ranked 13th for page views per capita on their website. 2017
research revealed that 67% of Kiwi teens have seen internet
porn, and N.Z research from 2021 exposes a strong
association between sex addiction, including porn addiction
and domestic violence. Sadly, we know from international
research that porn use is almost as common in the church as
in secular society. This is a pivotal issue for Christians
right now.”

Millennial UK Christian, Esther Bonsu
and Joshua Luke Smith, British Christian rapper and poet,
will contribute their personal stories and creativity to the
P-Word conference, while a 19-year-old Tik Tok influencer
from Canada, Katy Paterson, will talk on creating
faith-based social media content for girls trying to combat
addictions.

Ian Henderson, Founder and CEO of the
Naked Truth Project says, “The P-Word conference will
provide hope and help to churches and church leaders. The
conference is a great opportunity for Christians of all
denominations to be resourced to bring both a pastoral and
missional response to all those struggling with the fall out
of porn use. The users, the partners, the parents not just
within congregations, but also in our wider communities,
need churches to be equipped to talk about and tackle the
issue of porn. When someone says we need help in our
marriage because of a pornography addiction, the church can
be the place they turn to. The P-Word conference is not only
a resource for pornography users to access help from, but an
opportunity for whole churches to access the tool kit they
need to address all the Kingdom issues at stake from
increased pornography use.”

Live international
sessions from the conference will be recorded in different
time zones, being available for a short period for catch up
and then with paid access only.

For more information,
or to book, please visit:

www.pwordconference.com

 

About
Naked Truth Project

The Naked Truth is the flagship
initiative of a Christian charity Visible Ministries. The
Naked Truth Project seeks to open eyes and free lives from
the damaging impacts of porn.

The Naked Truth Project
provides practical support for those struggling and seeking
help for compulsive porn use. A team of expert therapists,
counsellors and communicators have developed professional
resources from school lessons, online recovery groups,
conferences and books to inform, educate and equip people to
talk about and tackle the damaging impact of
pornography

Many of the Naked Truth’s education and
recovery programmes are accessible to those of any or no
faith. However, some activities and resources have been
specifically created to enable churches to talk about and
tackled the issue of pornography in their congregations and
communities.

thenakedtruthproject.com

About
Ian Henderson

Ian is the founder and CEO behind the
Naked Truth Project, which aims to open eyes and free lives
from the damaging impact of pornography. He has lived with
his family in Manchester since 2001, leading an Eden youth
community project addressing social challenges in a deprived
area with the Message Trust. Ian joined the Trust’s
leadership team as Executive Director.

In 2007 Ian’s
father was arrested after indecent images of children were
found on his work laptop. The family discovered Ian’s
father had hidden decades of mainstream pornography use,
before abusive material was later uncovered. These
life-changing events led Ian to pioneer facilitated online
support groups in 2014 for clients struggling with
addiction, giving them anonymous accessibility to
counselling. Education and awareness raising projects were
launched as Naked Truth’s team grew, and many clients
report positive change as a result of taking
part.

Naked Truth Project is now a team of 43 people,
based in the U.K, U.S and New Zealand. As a gifted
communicator, Ian speaks regularly about the need for
increased education over the damage of pornography, at
national and international conferences.

About Lisa
Taylor

Lisa Taylor, M-Couns, CCPS, is a
partner-trauma and sex-addiction counsellor living in New
Zealand. She serves on the board of Christian Sex Addiction
Specialists International (C-SASI) and Sex Addiction
Specialists Aotearoa (SASA.) Lisa runs an online community
blog for wives of sex addicts at beyondbetrayal.community.
Alongside her counselling, Lisa recently wrapped up her
Masters degree research at the University of Auckland on the
prevalence of domestic violence in the lives of partners of
sex addicts. Most of her client work is conducted online
through the UK-based counselling and coaching agency, Naked
Truth Project, which serves men and women around the world
looking to get free from pornography and sexual addiction or
heal from betrayal
trauma

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