In every Baptist church I have attended (SBC), usually only a few people go to the alter during invitation to pray or meet with the pastor. Last week I stayed at a Baptist church in NYC and it seemed like everyone went to the alter and prayed aloud and layed hands on one another. You were in the minority if you didn't go. I also visited the Brooklyn Tabernacle and witnessed the same scene. Why is it different there than here in the south (or at least from all the churches I've been too)?