"They're not just stealing from me and the rest of the members, they're stealing from God," said Bays Mountain Baptist Church Preacher Ralph Burke.
The South Knox County church is trying to understand why someone would steal their air conditioning units.
It's a theft that will cost them big, but bring very little to the thief.
The Knox County Sheriff's Office reports 71 air conditioning units stolen since January. That is up from 59 the same time last year.
The latest victims, Bays Mountain Baptist, believed thieves would see a church as off limits.
This is the fourth church this summer alone that 10News has reported as victims of AC thefts.
When Preacher Burke opened the doors for Wednesday night prayer meeting, it was a little too warm for preaching.
"It felt like about 85 degrees," he said.
He checked the breakers only to discover that there were no air conditioning units where they should be.
"Evidently it wasn't a pro who done it. The tubes are all twisted. It's a wonder they didn't get electrocuted," Burke said.
The loss of two air conditioning units will cost the church at least $8,000. Money they would use to help others around the world.
Preacher Burke forgives the thieves for their actions. He says he has faith everything will work out for the best.
Until they can get new units, they plan on holding services elsewhere.
"A lot of our members are elderly. They can't stand too much heat. We'll make do if we have to set up some fans," he said.
When they get those replacements, Preacher Burke says they'll make sure thieves cannot get to them again.
Champion Air Conditioning said there is about $30 to $35 worth of copper on the church's units.
They say it's a very dangerous way to make so little money.
The company recommends placing a cage anchored to the ground to protect your property.