A church from near my hometown of Silverhill, Alabama did something interesting in their church service the other day, as reported by Fox 10 News.
Trey Taylor is in charge of creative worship at Bay Community Church in Malbis. This past Sunday he and other church leaders came up with a really creative idea. "We gave away $50,000," he said. The church handed each member in the 2,000 member congregation money. But the gesture came with a stipulation. "The instructions were simple, you can't give it back to the church and you can't spend it on you and your family," said Taylor. Some members got $20, others got as much as $100. "Every person that was here got an envelope." Taylor says when some members saw the white envelopes come around, they thought the pastor was going to ask for tithes and offerings, but boy were they wrong. "The reason behind it was simple. We wanted our people to turn around and bless somebody," Taylor said. Taylor says this might sound a little crazy. But he tells us the government has an Economic Stimulus Package, well this is the church's version of a Faith Stimulus Package. "An act of faith...absolutely, 100-percent." The church's leadership admit tithing is down amongst churches. But the pastoral team says now is the best time to help others.
Wow, that's different, huh?
Edit: Just FYI, I know the church mentioned in the article preaches a Word of Faith doctrine. I'm not saying that I agree with that doctrine. It's just nice to see church leadership encouraging their congregation to be generous and not worrying about enriching themselves. That's something we see too little of in churches in America, I think.