New Jersey Church Offers $90,000 'Spiritual Stimulus' to Ailing Economy
Church will give away cash "to the people" citing god, not government, as solution for financial crisis
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 25th, Liquid Church of New Jersey is doing something unprecedented during its six Sunday morning church services. With the economy stalled and congregants struggling financially, the church is conducting a "Reverse Offering" -- giving away the usual Sunday collection of $30,000 cash to all in attendance. The church is also in the process of releasing an additional financial injection of $60,000 into local community projects in all three NJ counties where it conducts services: Essex, Middlesex and Morris counties.
"Washington is broke, people are broke, and folks have lost faith that government can provide a lasting solution to economic issues," said Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of the 2,000-member church. "We believe our current economic crisis is a spiritual issue, which is why we are moving forward with God's recovery plan." Each congregant in attendance will receive a special envelope emblazoned with the words "God Trusts You!" containing varying cash portions of the Reverse Offering with $10, $20 and $50 bills.
"Every dollar in our economy is printed with the words 'In God We Trust,' but we want to challenge people with the idea that 'God Trusts Them,'" said Lucas.
"Jesus talked more about the topic of money than Heaven & Hell combined," Lucas noted. Lucas is currently preaching a 4-part sermon series entitled "Broke" that teaches churchgoers biblical principles of finance regarding debt and living on budget. Lucas will challenge congregants to "invest God's money creatively" using Jesus' "Parable of the Talents" (Matthew 25:14-30) for inspiration.
Congregants are free to "invest" the money any way they wish. The church has set-up a webpage with additional ideas and a way for churchgoers to brainstorm other uses for the divinely appointed dollars they receive.
Lucas cited the example of five families in his congregation who are banding together to bring relief to a Manville, NJ neighborhood devastated by the flooding of Hurricane Irene. "Our folks are showing God's love by investing their money & muscle where the government hasn't stepped up yet."
The church is also dispersing funds to local organizations including Market Street Mission and New York City Relief Bus for active projects helping the homeless and urban poor. All told, offerings of $90,000 will be given away.
"Government isn't the source of recovery -- God is," said Lucas. "And since God trusts His people, we do too."
A resource page with details, videos and photos is available to media professionals: http://www.liquidchurch.com/media/broke.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend any of the 6 events being held in 3 locations. RSVP Kenny Jahng: 973-500-8536 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Service times: 9:30am and 11:30am at all locations:
Morris County // Hyatt Hotel, Morristown
Middlesex County // The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick
Essex County // John Walker Middle School, Nutley
ABOUT LIQUID CHURCH
Liquid Church is one of NJ's fastest-growing Christian churches. Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church's vision is to "take church to the people" with campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Over 2,000 people experience Liquid's worship services each weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through its Church Online. As a part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador. For Sunday Service times and directions, visit http://www.LiquidChurch.com.
Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor
908-312-0003 [Rich Birch - Assistant]
SOURCE Liquid Church