Each Sunday-morning service began with 30 minutes of prayerful singing described by the church as ‘worship,’ and every service ended in a call for people ‘who need prayer’ to come up front to get prayer. Indeed, there was a ‘prayer team’ chosen by and trained within the church, and as the service drew to a close one saw 20-30 people up at the front of the room, their hands on each other’s shoulders, with those who were praying speaking aloud and those who were being prayed for standing with tears running down their face. [1]


[1]: The absorption hypothesis: Learning to hear God in evangelical Christianity (Luhrmann, Nusbaum & Thisted, 2010)