Increasingly, Christians and churches are becoming silent in the abortion conversation. While they may lack the words to express why, many feel neither of the two primary political positions accurately reflect God’s heart on this issue, so they withdraw from the debate.
Major political platforms frame the issue in a way that makes us feel that we must choose between advocating for either the woman OR the child. But when we align with this kind of mentality, we find ourselves believing a message of scarcity, rather than asking God to give us a creative solution based on His abundant wisdom and provision. When we have this either/or mindset, it actually limits our Christian influence in our culture.
ProGrace is creating a third option
in the abortion conversation, so that Christians can have a grace-centered, non-political way to respond to the issue. Our local churches will then be able to create communities where both women and children can thrive during and after unplanned pregnancy. And those communities are what can bring God’s hope – and His answer – to ultimately shift the abortion issue.
No Church Resource
Research shows that most women experience panic, shame, and isolation when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Unfortunately, most of them don’t turn to their local church for help with their decision, because they don’t see it as a safe place.
1 in 4 women will have an abortion before age 40. (Source: Guttmacher)
52% of women who attend church and have had abortions say that no one at their church knew about their abortion. (Source: LifeWay)
54% of women who've had an abortion would not recommend a friend or family member discuss an unplanned pregnancy at church. (Source: LifeWay)
Creating a training network
Through theological engagement and qualified training, ProGrace equips churches and pregnancy centers to work together with a whole new approach to abortion based on how Jesus interacted with people.
We believe that God’s solution to abortion will not come from political action or a legal decision. It will come by His people creating an approachable culture where women can receive the grace they need whereby they and their children can thrive – during and after an unplanned pregnancy.
We help churches and pregnancy centers create this atmosphere by equipping them with new ways to think and talk about abortion that frees people to focus on the needs of both the woman and the child – not get mired in political platforms that focus on the needs of one over the other. We also help churches and pregnancy centers partner together to provide both the immediate care and long-term community that women and children need to thrive.
How does ProGrace training resolve the tensions felt by churches and pregnancy centers? Our partners report higher engagement and lower burnout as a result of our approach.
Our Core Beliefs
There are two foundational beliefs at the heart of the ProGrace mission:
1) God’s design for pregnancy was to intertwine a woman and a child, making it impossible for us to try to help one while bypassing the other. He calls us to work for the dignity and welfare of both of them.