A megachurch in Ohio has started a giving program in which on select Sundays it donates $1 to charity for every individual who attends a service on one of its campuses or online.

CedarCreek Church, a nondenominational congregation whose first campus was established in Perrysburg, began to initiate the giving program during the services done at Easter time.

Lee Powell, senior pastor at CedarCreek, told The Christian Post that his church got the idea from a church in the South that had done a similar donation by attendance program to benefit local charities.

“I heard about this through another pastor,” said Powell, who felt that the giving program also stressed the importance of church attendance. “People kind of joke around now that the attendance doesn’t matter, when I feel like the attendance does because each person counts, matters to God and so we just tied the attendance to giving away.”

Powell also noted that his church is “very missional in the sense that we support international missions and local,” but that this tying attendance to giving was a novel concept for his church.

“We gave away about $21,000 already this week. We had 18,400 in attendance physically and then we had another two thousand online on our Internet campus,” he said.

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