Churches unite, push for parishoners to return to faith

During hard times, community leaders including pastors join together to help their neighbors.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - During the past decade, there has been a sizeable shift in religious affiliations among Americans, with Christianity losing nearly 8 percent of its congregation, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

The trend is consistent with turnout at some local churches in West Michigan.

"We felt like we needed to show a strong sense of community among our neighbors, among our churches, among our religious leaders," said Rev. Carl Pace, Jr. of True Light Baptist Church.

On Sunday, Sept. 18., True Light Baptist Church hosted Pilgrim Rest and First Christian Reformed churches as part of a national "Back to Church" campaign. Their parishioners were encouraged to invite neighbors, friends and complete strangers to service.

"When Grand Rapids has trouble or they're upset with the police, the first thing we do is get all the pastors together," Pace said.

"And what we've been seeing is a trend of pastors just complaining together, but not worshiping together, and I felt that it was important for us to worship together."

(© 2016 WZZM)


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