Last week at The ELEMENT we decided to do something a little outside our comfort zone. As we considered what we needed to teach our students at The ELEMENT we came to the conclusion that looking at the Bible’s perspective on money was needed. Since I’ve been Student Pastor we haven’t taught on this subject on a Wednesday night. Our staff agreed and we began planning “CHANGE.”
I’m sure a lot of churches have done what we decided to do but we decided to begin our financial series in a similar fashion to what Elevation Church did as they began their Capital Campaign a couple of years ago. Last week at the close of the message, I had our volunteers hand out envelopes. Inside each envelope was five dollars and several business cards. These business cards pointed people to this website. The only conditions on the money were they couldn’t use the money on themselves and had to use it for someone else’s need. The hope is that as students use the money and leave the card, they or the people they used the money for would have an opportunity to share publicly what God is doing.
I’m honored to work with a staff, volunteer team and Church Leaders made of generous people. Sure, we could have used that money in an innumerable variety of ways. But I believe that by focusing on the generous nature of God first, our students will understand His perspective on money so much more.