Since the recession, churches and houses of worship have become an even bigger haven to those who are struggling to make ends meet. But as church memberships increase, tithing is taking a serious dip, especially in the Black church, according to the NNPA News Service. It’s causing many pastors to make tough choices.

Pastor T.D. Jakes, who oversees the 30,000 member Potter’s House in Dallas, admits to having to lay off almost 40 people from the church’s staff and make cut backs on services to the community. Jakes isn’t the only one. Pastors across the country have been forced to downsize including cutting down the number of services on Sunday. To adjust several churches are offering programs to help those who are hurting financially including job fairs, financial seminars, and even soup kitchens.-WLW

Have you noticed an increase in the congregatin in your place of worship?

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