|Published:||Oct 17, 2012 9:20 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 18, 2012 12:17 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - If you got paid to go to church, would you go? A new North Naples church is hoping some cold hard cash will attract new parishioners.
Sunday, Wave of Grace Church will hold it's first service at Vineyards Elementary School and the first 250 adults to walk through the door will walk out with $20 in cash.
"We want to give anyone who comes on our launch Sunday a $20 bill in cash," says Pastor Luke Schouten.
Pastor Schouten says they came up with the idea once they realized mailing out brochures would cost between $6,000 and $8,000. Instead they will spend $5,000 by giving the first 250 adults cash.
"They can take that $20 and just use it for a particular need they may have. No questions asked. It's yours to use," says Pastor Schouten.
For those who don't need the extra money, the hope is that they'll pay it forward and for those that may come just for the money, Pastor Schouten says that's okay too.
"Ultimately it's a gift we simply want to give people. If they come just for the $20 then they needed it somehow in some way and we've still helped someone," says Pastor Schouten.
While Pastor Schouten is hoping the cash incentive will bring people in, he says the bigger hope is that they leave with much more.
"We feel fairly confident as they come for that $20 there might be something that they come and get that they weren't expecting and who knows where it might lead. So, ultimately our goal is that $20 might help immediately but that $20 could impact them for a lifetime."
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Vineyards Elementary School at 6225 Arbor Boulevard West just off Vanderbilt Beach Road and 75.
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