According to a New York Times article published Dec. 13, periods of economic downturn lead more people to turn to church. Here’s the link for the entire story, but here’s the story in a nutshell:
“When people are shaken to the core, it can open doors,” A. R. Bernard, founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York’s largest evangelical congregation, is quoted as saying.
The story cites primarily New York churches, for obvious reasons. I’d be curious, have any of your churches seen a surge in attendance since September?
Thanks to Amanda Sturgill for noticing the story on her religion and media blog.