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Spiritual dreams of becoming a New Yorker

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Andi Andrew is not your typical pastor’s wife. After considering the term “pastor’s wife” she smiled. She is co-pastor of her church and responded, “Then is Paul a pastor’s husband?” She rocks out to eighties pop ballads, calls her kids “rad” and has no problem telling a congregation her husband is hot. In the middle [...]

Part 12: The Making of the Postsecular City. The global impact

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People in Mali, Africa wear “I love NYC” t-shirts to proclaim their mindset of hope and ambition. They are envious of their fellow Malieans who worked in New York City and now can proclaim on their t-shirts, “I’m from NYC”–love requited being so much more satisfying and exciting. You can think of New York City [...]

Part 11: The Making of the Postsecular City. The reasons it happened

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After visiting so many new evangelical churches, Tammy Wong’s question is, how did this tremendous change come about? In 1975 there were only ten or so evangelical churches in Manhattan Center City (below 96th Street on the East Side and 125th Street on the West Side) that served English speaking professionals like her. By 2010 [...]

Part 10: The Making of the Postsecular City. Hillsong NYC, the newest church on the island…this week

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In November Tammy Wong decided to check out Hillsong, the newest church. She had listened to their music and liked its rock and roll joy for life. She had also heard a little bit about the church from her cousin in Hong Kong. Hillsong is the largest church in Australia and has branches in London, [...]

Part 8: The Making of the Postsecular City. The West Side story

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What evangelical church options does Tammy have today? There are now over 200 options for an evangelical looking for a church home in Manhattan Center City. OThis number is over ten times the number of options that Tammy had in 1975.

Part 7: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals in the year 2000: a new era

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By 2000 it was clear that religion was making a comeback. Name a religion and it had believers in the city, sometimes a lot of them. In our overview in New York Glory: religions in the city Anna Karpathakis and I concluded, “Conservative religions have found ways to thrive in New York City.” Despite my [...]

Op-Ed: Defeating the “Elijah Complex” in 1978. A Retrospective by Joe Battaglia of Renaissance Communications

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In the rocky years of 1978-1979 life started to come back to the Christian church in the New York area. Several things worked together to create a sense of renewed possibilities for church growth. Campus Crusade’s Here’s Life evangelistic campaign which was launched in Manhattan in 1976 helped to create a shared identity among believers in [...]

Part 6: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals’ comeback in 1978

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In 1978 the number of evangelical church plants jumped to three times greater than the average number planted per year for the previous decades. Since then, the number of successful evangelical church plants has averaged 1.7% per year. By 2000 the church planting ratio translated into 80-100 evangelical churches and ministries planted per year. 50% [...]

Part 5: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and the City’s comeback

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However, at its lowest point the city opted to rehabilitate itself. Often, outsiders played pivotal roles. On November 20, 1976 Rupert Murdoch bought and reinvented a failing New York Post while promoting the retirement of the pathetic Mayor Abe Beame in favor of Ed Koch. During the new mayor’s tenure, author Jonathan Mahler recalls, “The [...]

Part 4: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and the religious context of 1975

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There was not much happiness among the major religions of the city either. In City Center Manhattan the evangelical and liberal Protestants, Catholics and Jews were all in a depleted state. If Tammy had read The New York Times in August before she moved to the city, she would have discovered the dismal news from [...]

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