Many times people say “I wish I was talented”, or “I don’t have any talents.”
In The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusts money to his servants while he is away. Upon his return the man finds that two of his servants had multiplied their investment while the other did nothing whatsoever with his, simply burying it in the ground.
Jason Yarbrough, pastor at First Baptist Church, in Glenpool, OK recently gave “seed money” ( $5 to $20) to members of his congregation, challenging them to increase it using their talents, before returning it to the church. The seed money allows even the youngest members the opportunity to participate in multiplying their seed money by using the gifts (talents) they have been given.
Sunday Aug 25, 2013 members of First Baptist in Glenpool will get the tally on the amount that members talents brought in.
Disclaimer: I do not go there, have never been, not even sure exactly where it is located in
Glenpool. I am not a Baptist and I do not know anyone who goes there…..but I think this is a wonderful idea. I had read about it in Guideposts years ago and loved the idea then.
AS I SEE IT—-JUST MY THOUGHTS.
A HUGE IMPACT FOR EVERYONE As creative ideas flow, to help the church raise needed money, members who participate in the fun feel more connected. Members watch their talents blossom as they realize what talents they have as they use them to increase the money they were entrusted with. Others who do not attend that church might want to take part and become connected.
IDEAS ABOUND Some pool their seed money and share a larger project, while a few others might supplement their seed money by “re-purposing” various items they already have that they would have otherwise sold at a garage sale for .25. ‘Many like to keep re-investing the profits back into their project until the deadline (as they sell items) to see how much they can come up with. (Maybe that is part of their talent.)
~ Wonder what happens to a person who gives 100% (instead of 10%) from what is earned from their work, as they are doing here.
~ HARVEST - A time to reap……In the fall (before “black Friday”) a church could gather up items and sell at a “Harvest” sale, open to the community for all those who want to get a jump on Black Friday and Christmas. Some might want to invest their seed money in selling warm soups and pies during the Harvest event, while others might want to go to a nursery supplier to purchase pumpkins and mums to sell at the event. Pinterest is full of ideas. (All you do is type in a word or two of something you are interested in. Anything you can come up with you can find there and get even more interesting ideas. )