As soon as the announcement came that Tim Tebow was moving to the New York Jets, leaders at Christian City Church Manhattan began brainstorming about how to deliver an invitation to the NFL's most outspoken Christian.
"It would just be wonderful to have him," said Anthony Cecutti, who envisions the quarterback speaking to the men's group he leads at the Midtown church.
Jets fans may be torn about Tebow's surprise acquisition from the Denver Broncos, but New York's evangelical Christian community has far fewer reservations.
"This is a big deal," said Bojan Jancic, senior pastor at the East Village-based CityLight Church.
Pastors in Denver and New York said Tebow has inspired Christians to be more expressive about their faith. The spotlight of the country's media capital, they said, could begin to change the perception of New York as a singularly secular town.
Not known as a top-tier quarterback, Tebow nonetheless captured the nation's attention in his second year with the Bronco...