Liquid Church of New Jersey allowed parishioners at its Sunday services to forgo donating and instead take money out of the collection basket.
Church leaders gave away $30,000 cash in unmarked envelopes containing either a $10, $20 or $50 bill.
Lead pastor Tim Lucas says the “reverse offering'' is meant to teach churchgoers that faith in God _ not government _ is the only route to recovery in the current financial crisis.
The Christian-based church has about 2,000 members and branches in Morristown, Nutley, and New Brunswick.
Church officials plan to donate an additional $60,000 to various projects, including helping communities with flood recovery, in each of the three northern Jersey counties they serve.