Rev. Joseph Johnson said as the economy gets worse he's notsurprised more people are answering the weekly invitation to jointhe congregation at Mount Herbon Church in Trinity Gardens.
Johnson said he saw the same thing happen when the nation washit with a different kind of crisis in 2001.
"It's just like 9/11, we talked about a little bit earlier, thatwhen that tragedy came it was something that the tragedy did thatstirred up people to say look there's got to be something biggerthan this, there's got to be something that can control this. Nowthat "this" for us is God." Johnson said.
Now it's not the threat of terrorism drawing people to thealter. Linda Johnson, the pastor's wife and a church administratorsaid the problems are a lot closer to home, and far morewidespread.
"The same national problems. People have been laid off, financeshave been cut, families are struggling now, straining and stressingto make those ends meet. So, it's a big financial problem." shesaid
The financial troubles on the outside are drawing more peopleinside church sanctuaries in hopes of finding faith that will helpthem cope with the turmoil in their own life.
From the pulpit members are encouraged to trust God will takecare of them even when times are hard. But Pastor Joe and his wifeagree their church members sometimes need practical help to copewith their finances.
"We have folks that have the gift of administration andfinances, and so they're able to come in they sit down with ourfinance team, and literally just walk them through the season oftheir life." the pastor said.
"Of all the scriptures in the Bible there are more scripturesdealing with money than anything." Mrs. Johnson said.
The ministers said a good budget along with faith will help thecongregation weather whatever the economy brings.
Mount Hebron has about four thousand members. They added about15 new ones Sunday.
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