52 Ways: #18

52ways[1]Offer a professional service for a deep discount or for free

April showers bring May flowers….what do Mayflowers bring?  If you answered Pilgrims, you’d be right……and wrong.  April showers bring dirty cars.  Whether you live in sunny So Cal or in snow-weary Boston spring weather showcases our dirty automobiles.  Do you own or work at a car wash?  Why not give your pastor a coupon for a free wash and throw in a wax or light detailing?

Are you a dog walker or groomer?  I’m sure your pastor’s canine would benefit from your services.  How about a dry cleaner, window washer, electrician, or plumber?  You have something to offer your pastor as well.

What if you work in a profession that is associated with high fees such as an orthodontist, attorney, or podiatrist?  You probably can’t give away your services, but I don’t think your ministry leaders would mind a discount.

Why would you want to do this?  I’ll give you a couple of reasons.  I’ve mentioned previously that a pastor usually receives less income than another professional with a similar educational background.  I personally don’t know of any pastor that has gone into ministry for the money.  Notice I said personally, we can all probably come up with a name or two of unscrupulous individuals.  I’m not talking about those guys.  Giving away a free or discounted service is a great blessing, especially to a family that may have a bit more month at the end of the money.

It is also a great way to get your name out there.  It isn’t self-serving to donate a free dental exam or oil change.  Business people do it all the time.  If you are an auto mechanic and do a good turn for your pastor, well then you know he/she will do a good turn back by referring people to you.  Nothin’ wrong with that.  In fact, you’re helping your church community by giving them more options for honest, hard-working individuals when they, too, need your type of professional service.

So, what do you think?  Is there some way that you can use your professional abilities to care for your church’s ministry leaders in the near future?

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