NPR has the story of one church’s reaction to the recession.
Despite being themselves affected by layoffs and cutbacks, one church decided what really mattered was making a difference in the lives of others affected by the economic downturn. The pastor decided to take the parable of the talents very seriously.
He offered up a wad of $100 bills, one to whoever wanted it, with one condition: they needed to multiply it. Some held dog washes or sold jewelry. One person even used their $100 to hold a game night that raised $12,000 for a 6-year-old with brain cancer.
The article ends with a sort of off-hand comment that is actually pretty profound: “Fair Haven expects to give more money to the poor during this recession than it’s ever given before.”
Sound like a great way to recession-proof your church. Luckily, we have a God who is not participating in the recession, and we should make that very clear in the way we market during difficult times.