The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Act of faith

Congregation gives away its money and thrives

With more than $100,000 in debt and only $17,000 in the bank, a church building committee in Bellevue, Wash., voted to do something drastic. They gave away the church's bank account.

In January 2001, members of St. Luke Lutheran Church were surprised to leave worship with envelopes of cash. Tom Kidd, a pastor of St. Luke who suggested the project, built his sermon around the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) in which a master distributes "talents" to his three workers. They return them — two having made a better investment than the third. "For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance ...," the master says.

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