CATHOLIC CHURCH V. PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
This paper will discuss how demographic factors such as ethnicity and socioeconomics affect the Pentecostal and Catholic churches. Research will also demonstrate how a change in church structure has allowed these two churches to adequately adapt to these demographic changes. The report will indicate how the neighborhood's ethnicity and culture can influence the theology, ritual, church structure, social services and community outreach programs in both churches. Through an exploration of data collection and observation, this report will show how these two churches have managed to maintain relevancy in the community amidst ethnic and cultural transformation of businesses, schools and facilities in the neighborhood, where there is no need for new residents to seek spiritual and social fulfillment outside of the community.
The two churches being discussed in this paper are St. Barbara's Roman Catholic Church, located in a predominantly Latino neighborhood in Bushwick, Brooklyn and Bethel Gospel Gospel Tabernacle has predominantly African American and Caribbean population in Jamaica, Queens.