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Be Generous, Creatively

May 22, 2009 by

For many, a down economy is a frightful time. Luckily, as we’ve noted before, God is not taking part in the recession. This is a prime opportunity for churches to reach out and do good with their creativity and God’s infinite resources. Luckily, some churches have been doing just that.

Check out Rock, Paper, Scissors, Love. It’s a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament to benefit the Rapid City Fire Department. It’s great to see the church caring about the community in this way. It communicates, “We care when your house is burning down, and we want to partner with our town’s bravest.”

Last year, Willow Creek raised $700,000 in a single weekend to support Feed My Starving Children, an organization that ships meals to over 60 countries to feed starving children. This year? $1.3 million. It’s another example of a church thriving in the midst of tough times.

What is your church doing to get both generous and creative in tough times?

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Joshua Cody


Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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3 Responses to “Be Generous, Creatively”

  • Joey
    May 22, 2009

    I think this is absolutely true… “Recession” gets thrown around all the time at my church, which I’m not extremely excited about. Teddy Roosevelt said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. But in the midst of it, our church stepped up and raised over $600,000 (in one weekend- Palm Sunday to be exact) to support people that have lost their jobs due to the recession. We’re starting new programs through our community center for job training and career building.


  • james
    May 22, 2009

    joey, glad to hear your church was able to help out so many people with the money raised, and also, it was franklin, not teddy


  • katy
    May 26, 2009

    That’s all wonderful news!
    Our church does a lot but our biggest opportunity to give is our monthly food pantry that serves hundreds of families in the Indianapolis area.



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