The other day, I mentioned a post about Ted Haggard and his return to the role of pastor. Regardless of what one might think of Haggard, his church offers some interesting takes on standard church practice.
Here’s the section in that post that grabbed me most:
Ted instructed everyone to take out an offering, not their tithes, but an offering. Then when everyone had it [in] hand, he further instructed that we share our offering with someone in attendance as we felt led of the Lord.
The purity of that action speaks volumes:
1. Money isn’t automatically designated for the leaders or for the church grounds or functions.
2. Giving is focused on the needs of the church body as individuals.
3. The Holy Spirit is given free rein to direct the actions of church members.
Right now, I’m sure people in your church and mine need just that kind of practice of giving, yet how rare it is to see such a true-life example!
Be a futurist for a second: What do you think would be the end result, good or bad, of churches in America ministering money in this manner?