Williamstown, Kentucky has seen both the blessings and curses of the Ark Encounter attraction that is opening this summer through Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry. Ham promises jobs and revenue for the struggling region in northern Kentucky, and so far Williamstown has seen a boost in downtown business. However, the tax breaks and moral code for ark employees leaves many worried that the project could come with too many drawbacks.
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Christian businesses can bring blessings to their communities, but sometimes there’s a dark side they need to consider.
- Limited Job Growth: Ark Encounter has strict, religious employee guidelines that could limit its reach into the community and alienate some government officials
- The Wait: Many local investors are waiting to see how profitable the attraction will be before they invest in more hotels and restaurants.
- Outreach? Is this attraction a form of outreach or does it primarily reach people who are already Christian?
Are there times you’ve organized outreach to your community only to find that it had some negative side effects?
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