What To Do When Someone Steals Your Church

April 22, 2008 by

2008_04_10stolenbillboard.jpgKinetic Church got in touch with us to tell us a story about themselves, which you may or may not have heard about.

One weekend in early March, our portable church trailer containing about 75% of Kinetic Church’s equipment was stolen; leaving our church with virtually nothing.

As a result, Kinetic Church created five billboards and multiple web banners in hopes of grabbing the attention of the thieves (and everyone else for that matter).

You think church marketing sucks? Well getting everything your church owns stolen sucks way more. So they ended up getting some billboards loaned to them, and they leveraged the Internet in a couple more ways to try to get their trailer

So what the heck should they put on the billboard? Well, they opened that up to everyone, and here’s all the suggestions they got. There’s some pretty hilarious stuff in there, and some good ideas if your stuff is ever stolen.

They also created a YouTube video letting the thieves know that they forgave them and that they’d love to sit down to dinner with them. At first when I watched it, I felt like they hired Rob Bell and shaved his head, but it’s a truly great video. Watch it for a boost in your morale and your faith in humanity.

This reminds me of another story making news recently and an older one I think I remember. It’s a great example of how your church can handle adversity like Christ.

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Joshua Cody

Josh Cody served as our associate editor for several years before moving on to bigger things. Like Texas. These days he lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, and you can find him online or on Twitter when he's not wrestling code.
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5 Responses to “What To Do When Someone Steals Your Church”

  • Kyle KInnaman
    April 22, 2008

    As a musician I’ve seen notices fly across the live audio and musicians bulletin boards for lost/stolen gear. A lot gets recovered – but this is a little absurd. Most churches aren’t as interconnected as the smaller pro musician/audio guys are, especially over a large geographic area. Hopefully they get their stuff back, or at least enough from insurance to cover replacement.
    I’m glad Kinetic is turning the other cheek here. I’d like to think my congregation would do the same thing.

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  • Andrew Conard
    April 22, 2008

    Joshua – Thanks for the story from Kinetic Church and for the link to the mugger. Wow. Amazing stuff.

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  • Jonathan Brink
    April 22, 2008

    As an FYI, Rob Bell has also shaved his head.

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  • Church Marketing Online
    April 23, 2008

    Cool story. Props to the leaders of Kinetic Church to not only respond with forgiveness and “endure” a bad situation but to use it as an opportunity to reach their community.
    – Paul

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  • ryan
    April 28, 2008

    wow that is so crazy… my wife and I were visiting the Charlotte, NC area last week and saw the bilboard… we will pray that you get your stuff back… good luck

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