A number of churches have embraced the parable of the talents by giving out money at collection time and challenging parishioners to use it for the work of the Kingdom.
An Act of Multiplication
As inspired by the parable of the talents, parishioners are encouraged to use the seed money and their talents to steward the gift and put it to best use.
An Act of Formation
The bottom line of the money returned often becomes the focus, but the more important aspect is in how the process is an act of formation. What we can do in stewarding a particular amount of money teaches us the possibilities of what we can accomplish with everything else God has gifted us with.
Where the Money Goes
Some churches put the focus on multiplying and returning the money, often to financially support a specific charitable cause. Others simply challenge people to use the money as they see fit to do God's will.
- Reverse Collection Captures Imagination At St. Augustine (Catholic Voice, Oakland)
- Parishioners at St. Augustine Aid Others, Learn About Themselves (Catholic Voice, Oakland)
- Parish Accepts $10,000 Challenge (Catholic Voice, Oakland)
- Anonymous Donations Grew a Bumper Crop of Kindness (Los Angeles Times)
- Hoping For a Miracle, Church Gives Away $190,000 (Corpus Christi Caller Times)
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