Tough Economy For Megachurches

… hoping it’s an okay economy for mini-churches like St Nicholas where much of the work is done by volunteers. And hey! It’s Fannie May candy time! Good thing we don’t have to finance much but a small budget and extras for the food pantry.

In addition, the 10,000-member church canceled this year’s Glory of Easter pageant, which attracts thousands of visitors and is a regional holiday staple.

The church was founded in the 1950s at a drive-in theater and attracted congregants with its sermons on the power of positive thinking. Its worship hall features a soaring glass spire that opened in 1970 and remains an architectural wonder and tourist destination.

Church leaders blamed the decline on the struggling U.S. economy. Other megachurches have also suffered from the downturn and reduced charitable giving.

The Hour of Power telecast, filmed in the cathedral’s main sanctuary, at one point attracted 1.3 million viewers in 156 countries.

via Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Files For Bankruptcy : NPR.

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