JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While the recession is already being referred to by some in the past tense, many communities are hardly calling it over.
But, one of Region 8's most populous institutions are feeling it greatly: churches, especially small ones.
The Apt Community Church in Jonesboro has around 25 members in attendance each week. That number has dropped by more than half since the recession began, according to Pastor Dale Davis. He says everything from gas prices to people simply cutting every corner they can has hurt attendance.
But Pastor Davis also says donations have been affected and not just because of the sharp decline in attendance at his house of worship. Less donations has meant the Apt Church has had to dip into it's emergency fund to help stay operational, but Davis says they have not cut back on their spending at all.
According to Davis, his congregation fully supports two 2004 tsunami orphans and have since it happened. Every month, they give away money to the needy and 10% of their offering goes to St. Jude's.
Pastor Davis says, in his eyes because of their continued generosity, God has blessed them with continued operation. He also adds that their church is in no financial danger and not expected to be anytime soon.
Its the Apt Community Church's attitude and faith that it's members all say they love. They tell Region 8 News that, while they are a small group, they are closer than some families.