COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It started out like a typical church service, with singing, prayer, and a sermon.
But when it came time to pass the collection plate, church staff at Wave of Grace Church passed the cash onto churchgoers instead.
Pastor Luke Schouten says the idea to pay congregants who came to the Sunday's inaugural service came, first of all, from sheer economics. When it was time to let folks know about the new church, he says regular mass mailings wouldn't do.
"Most people, when they get their mailings, look at it and throw it in the garbage," Schouten says. "And we saw it as money that could get put back into the community in a positive way."
The $20 offer seemed to work, as folks packed the church's temporary sanctuary at Vineyards Elementary School.
"It's just an interesting way of launching a church, and I think there are actually people who need the $20 and I think that's great," says Chris Skebe, who attended Wave of Grace's first service but ended up not accepting the money.
Wave of Grace holds service every Sunday morning at 10:30. The church does not have a permanent home yet and holds service at Vineyards Elementary School off Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples.