Destiny Church is circulating images of wads of cash and the Twitter hashtag “#iwannagive” to followers before its annual conference. Hundreds are expected to attend next weekend’s conference at the church’s ‘City of God’ headquarters in South Auckland.
Three-day attendance costs $65 – and church members can also buy a $15 booklet of ‘personal revelatory notes’ penned by the church’s self-appointed bishop – Brian Tamaki.
On Friday Tamaki tweeted to his 3344 followers a photo of wads of freshly minted $100 notes – with the message: ‘The Bible speaks of a Blessing (includes $$ too) that ‘Overtakes You’ … time for you to be overtaken!!’
Massey University history professor Peter Lineham, who wrote the 2013 book Destiny: The Life and Times of a Self-made Apostle – told the Herald on Sunday Destiny annual conferences normally netted the controversial church leaders up to $500,000 in offerings.
He expected Destiny to again cash in – saying many followers would heed to direct money messages linking potential blessings to what they offered the church financially. ‘If you give generously to the church you can expect great prosperity in the coming year’ he said of the philosophy.
Lineham said Destiny had proven its ability to raise ‘truly amazing sums’.