First, a picture of churches in North Carolina:
We found this mildly interesting — a row of three churches, all the same denomination (Baptist), in western North Carolina. The congregation continued to grow over a period where a larger church was needed, and the old one kept operating until the new one was completed. The older churches weren’t demolished, and are used for auxiliary activities.
Not sure how common this is, but we’ll be on the lookout for a 4- or 5- church evolution….
And this statement from Gore Vidal in Esquire:
Nonprofit status is what created the Bible Belt. The tax code brought religion back to this country.
(Thanks to Seth for the links!)