Cincinnati megachurch gives money to members, challenges them to help others

This past weekend, a megachurch in Cincinnati–Crossroads–handed out $75,000 in $5 increments to each attendee and told them to go out and use their $5 to be a blessing to someone else. Pastor Brian Tome said the feedback he’s gotten, including through social media, has been very positive with his members finding all kinds of different things to do for others.

Several members reported giving theirs away to homeless people. Another member gave theirs to a neighbor who lost a loved one recently. One woman reported that she’s using hers to feed some hungry football players after school. Some members got together and decided to put all of their fives in a pool to pay a big bill for someone else, such as a car payment.

Five dollars (or our other personal skills and resources) may not seem like much for one person to do something with, but if you add some of God’s love to it with some wisdom and innovation, it can go a long way to encourage others. If churches focused on doing more of this as they stay true to godly doctrine and exercise spiritual gifts, many problems in society could be taken care of–from solving healthcare problems to helping persecuted Christians escape their enemies.

34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20


Jenell Walton, Crossroads church challenges members to random act of kindness, WLWT Channel 5, October 26, 2015.

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