Okay, this story from the AP wire is just flat out cool.

GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money.

Pastor Steve Dyer of the Newsong Church gave $14,000 to congregation members to invest for seven weeks, after which they are to bring the money and profits back to the church to be used in missionary work. “The idea has always been in the back of my mind,” said Dyer.

Loud gasps were heard throughout the 125-member, interdenominational church as the envelopes containing $100 and $50 bills were ripped opened after the Sunday sermon.Dyer had placed crisp $100 bills in red envelopes for adults and $50 bills in green envelopes for school-age children.

“That is going to be a lot of fun,” Dyer said. “A lot of people already have ideas.”

Dyer said the church isn’t keeping track of who has the money. He only gave one stipulation: It was not to be used to buy lottery tickets or to gamble.

Teacia Williams, 14, of Grove said she is going to use her $50 to buy newspaper ads advertising her availability to baby-sit. “I plan on doubling the money,” she said.

What a great idea. I’ve heard of schools doing similar things as fundraisers, but never a Church. It’s a fantastic way for the Church to teach fiscal responsibility to its parishoners, as well as foster a spirit of innovation and creativity. In the long run, it may actually serve toward making business a more acceptable vocation within the Church, a step toward destroying the “secular”/”sacred” divide.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

One Comment

  1. Easy there, Turbo! I’m not sure God meant us to take the Bible that seriously!

    But all seriousness aside, I think this is a fantastic idea. It’s a bold move by the church which I think will pay off (so to speak). Can’t wait to see the follow-up story.


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