26 Aug Another church gets it right, Kingdom Life Fellowship, Clyde, TX
Another church gets is right, at least on one Sunday they did, like I wrote here and here about pastors Francis Chan at Cornerstone Community Church and Pastor Jared Wilson of Element church. Kingdom Life Fellowship in Clyde, TX, started a “giving epidemic” Sunday that led to about $750,000 in cash and goods being given away during the worship service.
Special to the Reporter-News for the story below:
“We felt God was calling us to give,” said Hawk, a retired professional tennis player. And give the church did.
“The church had accumulated a nest egg of about $320,000 over its annual budget of $338,000. That money was given away Sunday to church members who had financial need.
But that’s not all. People handed their tithes to other people who had needs. Cars were given; even a business was handed over.
“We gave over our budget,” said Hawk. “It was the single greatest moment by far I’ve ever experienced in church. We want to start a giving epidemic.”
On Sunday, people who had dire needs, ranging from keeping their homes to putting food on the table, were asked to come forward. Then people who had pressing needs were asked to come forward, and instead of collecting tithes from the members, those people were asked to give their tithe to a person in need.
No questions were asked, and no judgments made as money was given to pay off credit cards and college loans.
“We can’t make that judgment,” said Hawk. “In Acts, there’s the passage that no one lacked.”
Finally, about $20,000 was distributed to people just to do something enjoyable.
“If you had never gone to Dillard’s and bought a red dress, go do it,” said Hawk. “Go to a nice restaurant and leave a big tip. God not only takes care of our needs but also our desires. We really wanted to touch on God’s goodness.”
Hawk admits that he doesn’t know how much was actually given because the process was ongoing. He thinks a conservative estimate is $750,000. And this from a congregation of a little more than 300 and mostly blue-collar folks.”
This like I said in my two prior stories is what we need to see more of in churches Acts 2:42-48 being lived out in church across America, but not just on one Sunday a year. But as a weekly way of doing things, like Chan and Wilson’s church a mandated policy to give at min 60% of the church income to meet the needs of the body, widows, orphans, and the poor and needy. Amen to Pastor Hawk, may there be many this become the norm for that church gathering.