As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10
Many of us are involved in the world of commerce. We seek to take care of our families and contribute to the church.
I had a thought on the above scripture. It would be great if there were a way for the body of Christ to support one another and each receive a benefit from doing so. To a certain extent this occurs in affiliate marketing, but it would be wonderful if it could extend to churches and Christian businesses.
The body of Christ is likened to the human body. We know when there is an exchange in the human body, there is something given and something received. Oxygen is given to the lungs. Carbon dioxide is expelled. Food is ingested. It is broken down. There are exchanges of elements and nutrients all along the way. There is nothing that is one-sided.
Try filling a glass without at some point either drinking some of the liquid or pouring some out in order to refill it. There comes a point where the filling process ceases since there was not an exchange of liquid being removed for more available space in the glass.
What if, as much as possible, this process occurred for the church? There needs to be a way to refer either Christian businesses and/or new church materials, CDs, movies, books, shows, seminars, etc.. Those who reach out and share and are part of the process in creating either business or a sale could make a small commission. It would benefit all. The fact is, everyone, the end business or the church, and person who refers them, all need to have a flow of finances to continue.
What I am saying is that the general idea of affiliate marketing should be tweaked to be used more in the church. How many authors have written a worthwhile book, but it does not get traction? If affiliate marketing were widespread among Christians, the various talents and gifts among the body of Christ and various Christian businesses would get more exposure and advertising. Those who were responsible for sharing the word would make a commission.
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Psalm 68:11
I think every church, Christian business, and church organization should consider having some type of affiliate program.