Experiments with kindness

Steve Sjogren mentioned giving away baggies with 5 things in them, things like gum. So I started this Sunday. I gave everyone there a baggie with 5 packets of Doublemint gum and challenged them to give it away as servant evangelism.

If you listen to the sermon (called “Did God Miss?“), you’ll even here us practicing saying, “Here” as we handed out a pack. 🙂

Well I finally started today. The “here” didn’t come close to working. But “Do you chew gum?” was a GREAT opener. Then I followed up with something equally clever like, “Would you like some?”

This really caught people off guard! Surprisingly, less than 50% said yes.

When I gave the gum, I said things like,

“Our church is experimenting with random acts of kindness to show people Jesus’ love”


“Our church is experimenting with ways to show Jesus’ love. We feel people have heard about God’s love, but don’t often get the chance to SEE it.”

I’ve had very positive responses to this…even from those that took and those that didn’t!

I still have 2 packs left but watch out. Giving stuff away is addicting. 😉

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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