This past Wednesday, during Midweek LIFE Experience, Pastor Merritt made an announcement that would bless many people.
After a powerful worship encounter, Pastor Merritt began to pour into young people with financial management wisdom and advice. He talked about saving money in your 20's and spending wisely. He then began to express how he never wanted to pastor an impoverished congregation, as he prospered from their giving. When he began the church in 2010, he had envisioned the church having a debt cancellation service. In this service the church would pay off its member's debts. The goal is for tithing members to be blessed with enough money to pay off their debts. Recently, the Lord stirred in him to start making this vision a reality.
"That's what God put in me. I was in prayer when the Lord stirred it up and I said 'we're not ready to do it yet... The Lord said to me 'start on the level that you can and work your way up.'" said the Pastor of the 7 year old ministry.
Beginning on the 5th Sunday evening in July, a tithing member will walk away from LIFE Church with $1000 to pay off debts. Pastor Merritt stated that this would continue until God says to raise the amount.
Paying off debts will enable the members of LIFE Church to build a better personal financial portfolio. This, along with the quarterly Lunch and Learn Seminars, as well as other financial literacy initiatives will empower the membership of LIFE to not only survive, but to thrive financially. In a day in time when many are walking away from church for various reasons, God is stirring in the heart of Pastors and leaders to ensure that their church is a beacon of light and hope, which is exactly what LIFE Church is.