01/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Economic Crisis Draws Bigger Crowds To Churches

The sudden crush of worshipers packing the small evangelical Shelter Rock Church in Manhasset, N.Y. -- a Long Island hamlet of yacht clubs and hedge fund managers -- forced the pastor to set up an overflow room with closed-circuit TV and 100 folding chairs, which have been filled for six Sundays straight.

In Seattle, the Mars Hill Church, one of the fastest-growing evangelical churches in the country, grew to 7,000 members this fall, up 1,000 in a year. At the Life Christian Church in West Orange, N.J., prayer requests have doubled -- almost all of them aimed at getting or keeping jobs.

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