The bad news for the economy was thought to be bad news to the church. Throughout September and October, newspapers and websites were reporting that the downturn in the economy was also producing a downturn in church donations.
However, earlier this week the NY Times reported that bad times are actually drawing bigger crowds to church. People, who until recently have placed their faith in the American economy, their new homes, and their jobs, are looking for something else into which to place their faith. Paul Vitello writes:
Bad times are good for evangelical churches.
Seems like pastors, who are sensitive to the economic realities of their parishioners, could have a golden opportunity to reach new people for Christ!