Rev. Joseph Johnson said as the economy gets worse he's not
surprised more people are answering the weekly invitation to join
the congregation at Mount Herbon Church in Trinity Gardens.
Johnson said he saw the same thing happen when the nation was
hit with a different kind of crisis in 2001.
"It's just like 9/11, we talked about a little bit earlier, that
when that tragedy came it was something that the tragedy did that
stirred up people to say look there's got to be something bigger
than this, there's got to be something that can control this. Now
that "this" for us is God." Johnson said.
Now it's not the threat of terrorism drawing people to the
alter. Linda Johnson, the pastor's wife and a church administrator
said the problems are a lot closer to home, and far more
"The same national problems. People have been laid off, finances
have been cut, families are struggling now, straining and stressing
to make those ends meet. So, it's a big financial problem." she
The financial troubles on the outside are drawing more people
inside church sanctuaries in hopes of finding faith that will help
them cope with the turmoil in their own life.
From the pulpit members are encouraged to trust God will take
care of them even when times are hard. But Pastor Joe and his wife
agree their church members sometimes need practical help to cope
with their finances.
"We have folks that have the gift of administration and
finances, and so they're able to come in they sit down with our
finance team, and literally just walk them through the season of
their life." the pastor said.
"Of all the scriptures in the Bible there are more scriptures
dealing with money than anything." Mrs. Johnson said.
The ministers said a good budget along with faith will help the
congregation weather whatever the economy brings.
Mount Hebron has about four thousand members. They added about
15 new ones Sunday.