Posted on Thu, May. 20, 2010
By MANYA A. BRACHEARA graduate student at
Enlisted four years ago on a lark to attend about a dozen Chicago-area churches and honestly rate his experience, Mehta's beliefs did not change, but his attitude toward organized religion did.
His journey inspired an interreligious group of entrepreneurs to recently launch ChurchRater, a new approach to church shopping modeled after Yelp, a popular website where users rate local businesses. By inviting ordinary worshipers to post reviews from the pews, the web site aims to help Christians navigate the more than 330,000 churches across the U.S. to find where they fit on Sunday morning.
The Rev. Jim Henderson, an evangelical pastor from