Loud gasps were heard in the 125-member Newsong Church in Grove, Okla. when Pastor Steve Dyer handed out $14,000 in cash. Adults received $100 bills and children $50 bills, and the congregation has seven weeks to invest the money before returning it to the church to support missionary work (though the church isn’t keeping track of who received money).
It’s all part of the best sermon illustration ever. Dyer preached on the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-28. Church marketing isn’t just postcards and phone book ads, it’s anything that helps communicate the message of your church. And a sermon worth talking about can easily spread that message.