Church Offers Tithing Discount For Those With Registered Republican Voter Card
Victory Chapel is a very engaged church in the buckle of the Bible belt. During the 2016 election they were very active in voter registration and candidate information. They are also very aware of the need to reach more people for the cause, and like to use cutting edge techniques to get people in the door.
Recently the outreach committee was looking at ways to grow the church and reward the politically active at the same time. Outreach coordinator Jenny Tharp recalls, "We were discussing outreach options while having lunch at Bailey's Pizza after church one Sunday. The server brought us our check and reminded us that we get a 10% discount if we have a church bulletin. Of course we did. We talked about how that gesture created loyalty. All of a sudden, Pastor Greg said, 'Why don't we offer a discount if someone shows a voter registration card at church?' I added, 'But, to reinforce our core values, they have to be a registered Republican.' The rest is history. If someone shows that they are a registered Republican, they only have to tithe 9% of their money."
At first there was a little pushback over concern that such a policy would keep Democrats away. But Pastor Greg reminded everyone that, "Statistics say Democrats aren't as likely to go to church, and if they do, studies show they don't give as much anyway."
Victory has seen an uptick in their numbers even though they did lose a few families. As one of the recent visitors said, "Who doesn't like saving money while we're saving souls? I know I'll be back. I wonder if they give an extra discount for my NRA membership."
UPDATE: The outreach committee is now giving out "Make America Christian Again" ball caps along with the Bible to anyone who gets baptized.