A friend recently brought me a sample of a card that he received in church last Sunday. Here is the basic copy:
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test me now in this,” says the Lord of Hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” (Malachi 3:10)
Belief: Believing that God owns everything and I am His manager, I, out of a heart of love and respect for God’s blessing, so willingly, not under law but grace, give back to God 10% as a testimony of my faith in His provisional care of my life.
Conditions: Please note: Your part comes first.
1. You sign God’s guarantee and give 10% of your income for a period of 90 days.
2. Each time you receive your paycheck, you take the first 10% out for the Lord and bring it to [your church].
1. If at the end of 90 days, you feel your decision was a mistake, or that is created a financial crisis, or you did not receive a blessings, the money you gave will be given back promptly at your request.
2. That’s all there is to it. Remember, this is not the pastor’s nor this church’s guarantee, IT’S GODS.
Money back guarantees are a proven technique when it comes to direct sales. (That’s why you have all that stuff you just couldn’t live without in your garage or basement. The guy on TV said you could get your money back if you didn’t like it.)
I think there is an edge to an offer like this, though. If nothing else, it will create conversation. It will affirm those who are tithing and just might inspire those on the cusp of making the decision to give for the first time or give at a higher level. (I’m not convinced this is for the person who has no context for stewardship, giving, or generosity.)
BUT I like it!
Would your church do this? Has it already? What was the outcome?