4 Ways a Firework Stand Benefits Our Church

May 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

We’re ramping up for our church’s yearly firework stand.  The proceeds of course support our youth and children’s programs.  But you know what’s really cool? The residuals of the stand extend far beyond the money.  Here are 4 additional ways the stand benefits the church.

1. The stand empowers us to work as a team

Have you ever gotten lost in the details of a never ending project, wondering how your contribution makes a difference?  When goals are ill defined, teamwork can suffer, vision gets blurred and strategies become tangled.  But a goal that is SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time bound) unites a team.

At the firework stand, you never have to wonder if your time and energy are making a difference.  The goal is crystal clear.  We aim to sell as many fireworks as we can from June 28th to July 4th for the children and youth of our church.

2. The stand encourages 24/7 relationships.

Our firework stand may just be the best way for you to build lasting church relationships.  Think of it as a church bootcamp.  It often can take months for the Sunday morning and Wednesday night attender to build deep connection with people in the church.  You could speed up the process by planning and inviting others to an extra-church activity, but this too takes time.

The cool thing about the stand is that it’s a 24/7 operation.  From the 28th of June, to the 4th of July, the stand is never void of people.  There’s always a group working or just having fun hanging out.  There’s plenty of opportunities to create memories together.  If you make it a habit of coming down to the stand, I guarantee you’ll be well connected before the end of the week.

3. The stand enables a growing connection with our community

“If you build it they will come.”  Yes I know the movie wasn’t about a firework stand.  But it could have been!  It’s amazing the number and variety of people who come to our stand.  Many of them are repeat customers.  People who wouldn’t think twice about coming to church, flock to check out our product and prices.  They come for the fireworks, but in the process we sell them our mission and purpose.

Just imagine taking our church,  located at 500 SE Everett and transplanting it for a week down on the most trafficked area in Camas.  It’s more than fireworks.  Its intentional ministry.

4. The stand ensures a united celebration.

Year after year we’ve moved beyond what we previously thought possible.  In the last three years alone we’ve seen revenues climb from $10,000 to $26,000 to $42,000 – and this in the midst of a faltering economy.

This year we’re taking it above $50,000.

But again, it’s not just the money we get excited about.  The firework stand has continued to bless our church by allowing us to practice genuine and effective teamwork and to build lasting relationship inside as well as out.

I think we can praise God for that.

Matthew Scott Miller

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