Pascagoula Church Pays People To Attend

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - "Anyone that comes in the church, over the age of 18, will receive a envelope full of money," Pastor Eric Camp said.

Free money during an economic crunch always sounds good. That's why Pastor Camp is giving away dollar bills to compel more South Mississippians to visit Christian Life International in Pascagoula.

"We are not trying to force people to do anything. We are saying, 'If you come Sunday morning, we are going to give you money and bless you,'" Pastor Camp said.

Blessing people is Pastor Camp's main mission. But the pastor points out that sometimes people tend to look at churches as money hungry vultures.

"We feel the church should be the light in darkness everywhere we go. The reputation of taking money and constantly begging people for money, we feel like we should reverse that. And instead of the church being a taker, we should be a giver."

Church members decided to evangelize at a local gas station. With every dollar given out in the community, Christian Life hopes to gain more people in its church house to encourage them during these tough economic times.

"It is a great opportunity to show people our love and Christ's love for others," church member Andy Lass said.

While some people found the cash incentive to be a bit strange, others are committing themselves to Sunday worship service.