Friday, January 04, 2008
Love this story - Churches Give Away Free Money over at Church Relevance: Usually the congregation gives the church money, but what happens when the roles are reversed?
In December 2005, Watermark Community Church (Dallas, TX) found out when they gave each attendee an envelope with $5 to $1,000 and told them: "You are to use that money to further the fame of who Jesus Christ is."
All together, $30,000 was distributed. Senior Pastor Todd Wagner described it as a way to live out the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30. Some of the money helped build a well in Africa. Some bought Christmas presents for the suffering and needy. Each attendee was entrusted with the responsibility to be a good steward of what they were given.
It is a great way to get people to practice in the streets what is preached from the pulpit. And it is a lesson and experience that is not easily forgotten.