$1000 Church Easter Giveaway

An Ohio church that gave away $1,000 to fill more pews last Easter Sunday says it will do it again this year.

Lindenwald Baptist Church in Hamilton draws names to award $500 each to a member of the congregation and a guest.

Pastor Randy Moore says the southwest Ohio church had hoped for 1,000 worshippers last year, when it made the offer for the first time. It packed in 1,140—more than double the usual Sunday attendance of around 500. Moore says a crew had to direct traffic in the parking lot.

via The Denver Post.

OK… let’s hear it… what do you think?  Would your church do something like this?

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8 Comments

  • Marcus March 23, 2011 Reply

    no. We’ve got better things to do with our money.

  • Peter March 23, 2011 Reply

    Wow, what a way to make sure that a bunch of selfish consumer-istic people who only want a show and a spectacle show up in your church for Easter.

    When you put it that way… I like it…

  • preachitpreacha March 23, 2011 Reply

    This is brilliant. I mean, why bother with the gospel when you have cash? The first century church was not thinking. They should have known that preaching Christ crucified and dying to ourselves was a bad idea. I mean, they were all killed, so bad call on their part. Now if they had just offered cash, I think they would have won a lot of powerful people to their religion, and mega churches would have happened sooner. Great call no gospel giveaway cash guy!

  • bishopdave March 23, 2011 Reply

    $1000? that’s small potatoes.

    Bil Cornelius’ church had $1mil in prizes last Easter. How does $1000 even make the news?
    http://www.toddrhoades.com/?p=917

  • Steve Miller March 23, 2011 Reply

    Dude, I’m totally going as long as they are hip to me giving lottery tickets instead of a tithe.

  • Damon March 23, 2011 Reply

    I wonder how many people did he keep on easter.

  • Richard L. wallsmith March 23, 2011 Reply

    Just read where Revelation Church in Schertz, Texas is giving 410,000! My grandpappy told me if I couldn’t say anything positive, keep my mouth shut. I’m done!!!

  • Damon March 30, 2011 Reply

    The heart of the matter is motive and outreach. I believe the church in Ohio had good intentions and good results. They took 1,000 dollars gave 500.00 to a visitor and 500.00 to a member. I don’t think it was about the offering, And No it was not a waste or mis-use of church funds. This is why…. Jesus said the wicked and adulterous generation desires a sign..think bout what a sign is ..Marketing. When the discliples went preaching the Gospel, the signs and miracles were the “sample of the kingdom” .We all come to church for various reason. We move from fire insurance , to loving Jesus despite what he does for us. (maturity). I am passionate about souls and the gospel. I have personally paid for my own radio airtime (1,500) per airing when I left the radio I was paying 900 per sunday. Church easter marketing is exspense 5000 post cards plus postage will run 2,500-3,500. The response rate is usually 1-5% so you can get 50-300 people to VISIT, for 2,500. For $500.00 they got almost. They got 500 visitor for a 1.00 pp, most churches have to spend way more than that. The most important question is how did minister, I know they did. In the end with the right motive it is all OUTREACH… Getting people to come who would step foot in your church. Whether it is potluck, graveyards, or food giveaway. Helping people in the community that call for help is outreach, or you could call it hush money because they will advertise that big church did not help LOL.

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