Pastors thank downtown development for church growth

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Downtown pastors are thanking area development for congregation growth.
  • Many in the area are drawn to the Cathedral District's architecture.
  • The area pastors are meeting to discuss how to brand the district.

Pastors in downtown Tulsa said they are seeing a renewed spirit and growing congregations thanks to downtown development.

I talked to the pastor of Tulsa's oldest church about how recent growth downtown is impacting the cathedral district and the congregations in it. FOX23 at 9:30.

Posted by FOX23 Cailey Dougherty on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Those new to living downtown said they were drawn by the development and interesting architecture, especially in the Cathedral District.

First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa's oldest church, recently celebrated its 130th birthday.

Dr. Jim Miller has been with the church for nearly 25 years. He said the recent downtown growth is impacting nearby congregations.

New businesses are drawing people in, and several new apartment complexes are in the works.

Miller said more residents in the area could lead to more members for Cathedral District churches.

Many said they are hopeful that congregations carrying much of Tulsa’s history will continue to grow as the downtown area expands.

Members of the Cathedral District have been meeting to discuss how to further brand the area as it continues to grow.