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Leap of faith

Pastor skydives to celebrate stewardship goal

Some pastors will pull any stunt to help the stewardship campaign, but Roger Timm of St. James Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill., takes this to a new height.

Timm parachuted out of an airplane from 2 miles up. And — except for a broken ankle — he says it was a pretty good experience.

It started last fall when St. James' stewardship committee was looking for a fresh gimmick for the annual campaign. Chairman Bruce Limbach, a commercial pilot who has skydived a few times, suggested the pastor jump out of a plane if the congregation met its goal for increased giving. The theme? "Take a leap of faith."


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