Forgotten Word Ministries
IF YOU BRIBE THEM, THEY WILL COME
|By Paul Proctor
July 13, 2007
Christian Post reporter, Nathan Black began his latest article titled, "How to Get Youth to Show Up at Church Outreaches" with this little nugget:
Instead of calling it "the draw," why doesn't Mr. Mckee call it what it really is - the bribe - the sacred modus operandi of today's church - and point blank ask, "How can we bribe them?"
He follows with the usual pragmatic reasoning that almost always accompanies such godless manipulation:
And so, what does Mckee suggest youth leaders do to lure them in?
Pizza? Surely we can do better than that! Here's a better idea; Why not offer attendees a chance to win an iPod, iPhone or some other latest greatest gadget like, say, a brand new Wii console? That's what they're doing online now. Or, better yet - why not pay the prettiest girls or handsomest boys from your congregation to personally invite, flirt with or even date those hard-to-reach youth? If it gets the job done, what's wrong with that?
Mckee goes on to explain why tactics like mere self-promotion don't work anymore:
See, you youth leaders out there just need to savvy up, combine your efforts and raise more mega-church money so you can afford to pay the hottest singers and celebrities to appear and/or perform at your Christian events. Obviously, you've been thinking way too small, oh ye of little faith.
But hey - if you don't mind throwing money around for Jesus - and booking big stars is out of your budget - why not just do what I suggested in an earlier article from 2003 titled, "Brotherly Bribes" and offer those kids cash to show up?
Trust me - if that doesn't work, nothing will.
$20 ought to do it.
"And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." - 2nd Peter 2:2-4