Ministry or merchandise? The “V.I.P.” experience.

Hey there BCU Family!

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Podcast highlights:

  • God gives all of us certain gifts and/or talents. Gifts are listed in the Bible: Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11-13 and I Corinthians 12. Talents can be things like singing, painting, writing, baking, et cetera.
  • We are not to muzzle the ox that treads the corn (I Corinthians 9:9). And we know the laborer is worthy of his hire (Luke 10:7). If the LORD gave you clearance to charge for your time/talent, then do so–FAIRLY.
  • When we charge people for $100.00 extra for VIP special seating or the opportunity to meet us, we are separating the haves from the have nots. Do we now become a respecter of persons? (James 2).

You know, BCU Fam, it’s understandable that certain talents like baking, photography or designing have varied levels of pricing. A gospel artist charging MORE for the chance to snap a selfie with them? When you are supposed to be ministering to people? How does that line up with doing kingdom work? Or does the extra charge line up to help the artist afford a certain lifestyle?

So… what are your thoughts? Is VIP ticket pricing “fair”? Does it matter to you? How does VIP pricing this apply to things we do for the Lord?  Have you thought about it before now? Let’s talk some more about this—head down to the comment section so we can continue our dialogue.

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4 thoughts on “Ministry or merchandise? The “V.I.P.” experience.

  1. Siiiissss! This is such an interesting topic. I’m super weird about this kind of stuff. I’ve also suffered from this over the years. In college, I attended a COGIC church. I went years after college, too. We went to Memphis many times and I remember feeling so inadequate because of the fineries people wore at the Holy Convocation. I was a struggling college student, but felt so much pressure to go broke to “fit in”. I remember seeing famous singers like Vanessa Bell Armstrong charge $20 for an autographed photo (pre-selfie days). I was so hungry for the move of God, but all the other junk was so distracting. Overall, it was all just fleshly. When the Lord would move, the Bishops would quench the Spirit to take offering or because some official was coming in. I would be so confused because they were obviously very respected, but they were just men. I sincerely believe this “VIP” stuff is a tool to hurt, divide, and distract. Lucifer thought he was a VIP. Look where that got him. When we are truly being led to do the work the Lord has called us to do, He will cover us. We don’t have to be shady and offer more for an exponentially higher price, especially when “more” points to us and not to Jesus.

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    1. Hey Angel!

      So, this entire comment is ON FIRE!!!!!!! Convocations, concerts and services should be focused on SOULS being saved, healed, delivered and set free, versus fashion shows, money changing, offering collecting and exalting flesh above God.

      You are so on point with what you said about the VIP being a tool of hurt and division and the root of it coming from the enemy, who has no interest in anything but killing, stealing and destroying. We want NO parts of where the adversary traffics—as you said, we’ll stick with the what the Lord says to do.

      The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are indeed few (Matthew 9:37). Sis, with God’s grace, we’ll keep working and be counted among the few in the vineyard in Jesus name! GLORAYYYYY!!!!!!

      Thank you SO much for starting such an insightful and thought-provoking conversation, Angel. You are such a blessing to the BCU Family and more importantly, to the body of Christ.

      Love you!



      1. I love you back! I’m really enjoying the blog and the podcast. The subject matter is so relatable. I look forward to it. I’m thinking of some folks to share it with, too (not just anybody, though. 😁)

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