The city council in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was in a bit of a pickle. The city was in the middle of a growth spurt and needed high ground to build a one-million-gallon water tower. But the property they needed was owned by the First Baptist Church. So they made a deal with Pastor Nick Garland and the congregation.

“We donated the land and the easements for the tower,” Pastor Garland told me. “In kind, they said they would paint our name on the water tower.” It was a fair trade—all on the up and up. “Our people are very generous,” he said, referring to his congregation. “We want to be good citizens as well as good Christian folks representing the kingdom of God.” And Baptists are mighty partial to water. READ MORE