What does a church on Sunday morning have to do with Ebay? Hopefully plenty, says Kevin Hester, an SBC church planter at The Shore Church in St. Joseph, Michigan. His vision is not to see church attenders shopping online auctions during the sermon, but for the church to collect items from around their homes and bring them in on March 9 to be given to a church planter. The planter will use online auctions such as Ebay, Amazon, and Craigslist in order to sell the items and use the money as support for themselves and their family or for their church plant.
For sixteen years, Kevin has used Ebay off and on, to help supplement his own income. Kevin knows, the financial battles that church planters face, especially in Michigan. Michigan is hurting economically and these economic difficulties are affecting planters here. While some church plants may receive support, many are still struggling to make ends meet. They seek support from established churches but those churches are often unable to help or are already giving elsewhere. Kevin believes Ebay Sunday offers the perfect opportunity for churches to get involved in church planting, without affecting their budget or the other giving they have already committed to. The best part is how easy it is. A church will simply choose a planter, collect items, and then make arrangements to get their items to the planter.
Ebay Sunday will kick-off on March 9, 2014 (also Spring Forward Sunday,) as we near Spring and we are thinking about planting, but any church can host an Ebay Sunday anytime and as often as they wish to help support and encourage a planter. Kevin’s sponsoring church, Monroe Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, Michigan loved the idea of Ebay Sunday and will be collecting items, loading them up in a U-haul, and driving them across the state.
Kevin’s desire for his plant, The Shore Church, is to become a church planting center and with other planters already moving his way, The Shore can use all the support and items they can get. Kevin has also started a website, www.churchplantingoutofthebox that explains Ebay Sunday and gives ideas for hosting Ebay Sunday at your church. Kevin’s prayer is that churches across America don’t just “Watch” this opportunity but they decide to “Buy It Now”!
For more information contact:
The Shore Church
P.O. Box 345
St. Joseph, Mi 49085