Time: Last year, almost 400 religiously unaffiliated men converted to Christianity at East Bay Calvary Community Church in Traverse City, Mich., over two days. What convinced these men to give church a try? The chance to win one of 80 guns in a church-organized raffle.
Easy Bay Calvary is one of dozens in the Midwest giving away firearms to entice nonbelievers, especially men, to attend services, and Chuck McAlister is often there to preach to them.
A pastor for 35 years, McAlister starred in the Adventure-Bound Outdoors television show on the Outdoor Channel and now works for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He’s regularly invited to speak at church gun raffles, something he says has become increasingly common in the Midwest.