Some churches give away televisions or vacations. Others sell homemade pies and quilts. And some raffle off semiautomatic rifles.
Ignite Church went with the last option.
On Father’s Day, June 15, the church at 710 S. Maiden Lane gave area fathers an opportunity to put their names in a hat to win one of two AR-15 rifles. Each father entering in the free raffle could submit a ticket for himself and was able to obtain tickets for each of his children who went to church with him. He also could get another ticket for bringing his own dad.
“We thought instead of a lot of small things, we’d give away stuff the guys were interested in,” said Heath Mooneyham, Ignite’s lead pastor. In a YouTube video shared on the church’s Facebook page, he called one of the rifles, made by Black Rain Ordnance in Neosho, the “Lamborghini of guns.”
The give away was part of an outreach by Ignite Church to a specific demographic group: males age 18 to 35.
“That’s the biggest black hole in our society,” Mooneyham said.