In the Houston Chronicle, Purva Patel reports that religious organizations are increasingly borrowing money for their building projects, not just raising it in contributions. And they're building structures that have multiple uses, not just worship space:
Religious organizations today are trying to fill community needs, such as day care, health care and other social services.
"In some churches they don't even put pews in anymore," said Sidney Taylor, of Nationwide Church Consultants in Houston. "They put chairs they can remove. They're creating space so it's used for more than just sitting."
A church without pews? Next thing you know, they'll be focusing on feeding the poor, clothing the naked, and other liberal touchy-feely Millennium Development Goal stuff — and then who will make sure people have the proper theological beliefs and sexual practices?