Scott Hodge


The C-Note Challenge!

Nov 19, 2008

Once a month, we gather all of our staff, coaches, leaders, and apprentices together for a monthly "staff meeting" called FUEL.  I've written about it before here.  Simply put, we consider this to be one of the most important things we do all month!

Well last night at our November FUEL we did something CRAZY FUN called: The C-Note Challenge!

Here's how it worked:

Each team was given $100 dollars and 100 minutes to go find a creative way to be a blessing to someone or a group of people in need.  The only rule was that they could not simply give the $100 bill away to a single individual or charity.  In other words, they had to 
SPEND the money.  And that's exactly what they did!  It was awesome… 

I'm still learning what all happened, but here were a few reports we heard about last night:ZZ4AD503B9

  • Created a giant gift basket for local firefighters.

  • Purchased $100 worth of baby supplies for a young couple in need and delivered it their home.
  • Bought groceries for a family in need.
  • Dropped off food, gloves, and other items to the homeless community in Aurora.
  • Visited a nursing home and blessed the elderly with gifts.

The best part about it was that not only were a ton of people on the receiving end blessed, but so were those doing the blessing!  AND…….some great relationships were built and strengthened among our leaders!  It was a "win" all the way around!

Each team was also given a disposable camera to document their experiences.  I can't wait to see the photos!  I'll try to post them here in the next week or two.

15 Responses to “The C-Note Challenge!”

  1. that is genius, dude. Genius.

  2. Great, and challenging idea, to put others first, [especially in our tough economic times].

  3. BW says:

    Awesome! Was this just a soft launch for Secret Millionaire – Aurora?

  4. metromom says:

    What a great idea! Love the Oprah spin off. We once did something like that for Missions (seed project)….Gave every member $10 they had 6 weeks to multiply it somehow for a missions event to India. Some used money to buy ad space and have a huge garage sale, some bought and sold on ebay, some pooled their money and created a music CD to sell and then give profits back.

    I love out of the box thinking. Great idea!

  5. This is awesome. I'm going to use this idea in some way or form….

    Thanks for sharing the story!

  6. Reuben Hood says:

    the half of the production team that rode in my car really felt the weight of what we accomplished. the ride from the Orchard to Wal-Mart and McDonalds and then to Hesed House we were lively, joking around and really having a great time.

    after we gave our Gifts to the homeless guys, who were waiting in the cold for entrance to the shelter, the ride home was nearly silent. taking time to reflect and pray for those in need. it was an experience i'll never ever forget, thanks Scott and the Orchard for making this event one of the highlights of my year.

    It still amazes me the way God works thru the Orchard and our community to give a little hope, peace, and love. Thank you God for these people and this Church.

  7. jay hardwick says:

    that's one heck of an idea, scott hodge! consider it ripped off!

  8. Joni says:

    We were the other half of Reuben's team and felt the same way. Completely humbled, grateful, feeling inadequate to the task.

  9. That’s awesome man. real out-of-the box thinking. Well played.

  10. lga says:

    I had to stay back at the church on that night so I missed out on what my group went to do…. so the next day at Aldi, a mom and daughter were checking out in front of me. Mom was asked the cashier to subtotal her stuff, leaving some back. I felt an internal nudge, so I said, I’ll get the rest for you. She was very grateful and I got the opportunity to be a blessing. So thanks for the inspiration!!

  11. This is awesome! We’re doing something very similar except under the premise that Random acts of kindness will start a revolution! Even with the economy, I am still finding a way to give more than I ever have before – God is Great! Check it out at !!!

  12. Scott,
    That is very encouraging for me. This is the heart of what we want to do at our church. God has placed on the hearts at Awaken Community Church to give away half of everything that comes in to our community. We have our first informational meeting Dec 7. Our prayer is that God would change the face of Chattanooga, TN through Awaken and the love for our community. Please pray as we seek to honor God in our city.T hank you again for the encouragement.

  13. Joe says:

    stinkin FANTASTICO!!!

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