Thank You

Posted: December 18, 2007 in Church Leadership

I haven’t been blogging like I should or like I want to lately. Instead, I have been using all of my brain power planning for 2008 and figuring out how we end this year on a high note. We felt that our final series of the year should be powerful and that it should make a statement that we are even more serious about reaching people next year.

With that said, we created a little thank-you package for those who give to OLC to let them know that we appreciate them, but hopefully communicate that we aren’t taking it too seriously.

We are sending all of them a thank you letter from Michael, a trophy, and a book. These are not incredibly valuable items, but the personal touch and the effort is our attempt to tell them we appreciative each of their contributions. Our trophy says, “I give to Oak Leaf and all I got was this lousy trophy.” A copy of the letter can be found here and the book is “In A Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day,” by Mark Batterson.

Just some ideas to thank people in a creative way 🙂

  1. CS says:


    Who is more “worthy” of such an award? A wealthy millionaire who gives only the “required” 10%, although he could easily have given 50% of his earnings and still lived comfortably? Or, a single mother in your church who gives as much as she can while staying just above the poverty line?

    Biblically, would the widow who put her two mites into the box in the temple have received a trophy? Or, would the wealthy Pharisee have been the one to get the award?

    Seriously, is this what tithing has become?


  2. agratto says:

    I modified the post, so that the heart of what we are doing isn’t missed. I get your point and I have had that thought already. However, if you were in our shoes you would understand that we are in an awkward position here. First, you can’t possibly do this for everyone that gives. Two, those that give more aren’t necessarily making less of a sacrifice. I know for a fact that our second biggest giver gives more 10% (he is a school teacher) and he is only a couple hundred dollars behind our biggest giver (a millionaire).

  3. CS says:


    This will sound harsh, but I hope you will understand it is being said in Christian love.

    The modification that you made to your original posting was to remove the words that denoted awards were being given to those who, “gave the most.” Your comment below shows that you are still going through with this plan to give out awards to your top tithers. That’s it. No change in the plans, no stopping this idea. The only thing I can think that you have done here is to remove those key words so that your post does not get caught up in someone’s RSS feed and they comment on it more publicly to other people in the world.

    If this is an awkward position as you say, and if you can’t do it for everyone that gives, here is the simple solution: Don’t do it. Just stop it now.

    Our systems for tithing differ greatly than what we see in Acts 4 now for what people bring before the Church. But to reward people solely on quantity and not self sacrifice or their heart’s desire (2 Cor 7:9), seems ungodly.


  4. agratto says:

    It’s not harsh to speak your mind.

    Our point in doing this is to say thank you. I can’t tell everyone thank you and so we picked a group of people to say thank you too. I can almost guarantee that the people that are the bottom 25 givers aren’t giving 10% or sacrificing equally or any of the other “Widow’s Mite” principals. The average amount that a Christian tithes is 2%. Only 3% of Christians actually tithe. My point is that we are doing something that rewards and encourages people who are giving above average amounts and since I don’t have any W-2’s its the best we can do. Reading more into it only causes someone to miss the point.

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