Though this doesn't have the backing of Ed Stetzer or a Lifeway Research scientific study I have noticed an encouraging trend over the past year or so. We have seen a greater number of people moving into the Chicago area for work, but choosing their place of residence based on the church they want to join. In other words, they are visiting churches before looking at houses. This is very encouraging to see (even more encouraging as many are deciding to join Redeemer). Such Christians prize the church of Jesus Christ because they know this is their true family. They believe that they need their brothers and sisters more than polite neighbors with handsome lawns. They understand the church needs their gifts for the carrying out of the mission Christ gave us.