CNN’s Soledad O’Brien looks at how some are fighting debt from the pulpit in “Almighty Debt: A Black in America Special,” premiering at 9 p.m. ET on October 21.
African-Americans go to religious services and pray daily more often than the general American population, studies show. And while those rates seem to be holding steady, the places of worship and the size of the groups are changing, says one expert.
Many people continue to attend mega churches, but the small communal gathering is rebounding in popularity, Teresa L. Fry Brown said.
“There is an increase now in house churches,” said Fry Brown, the director of black church studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. “They kind of faded for about 20 years. But now more people are having small gatherings. And they may not even call it church – like Bible studies in homes.”