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I have come up on the dilemma of being at the end of my fiscal year and still have four thousand dollars left in my budget. This is a unique problem for me as I do youth ministry in a military setting. This means that money given to me this year does not roll over to next year, I cannot just put the money into a slush fund or buy $4,000 worth of candy or televisions, and if I show that I do not need $4,000 this year, my budget (which has already been slashed by $6,000) may get reduced. At the same time, I need to understand that these are people’s tithes and offerings and must be a good steward of what I purchase. There is no reason to go out and buy a ton of youth ministry books if I am not going to be using them.
So as any smart youth worker, I went to the YouthMin.org community and polled them for their responses. They had some great ideas that I wanted to share, along with a few of my own. Below is the culmination of the ideas along with the general cost of the events.
That number still does not total $4,000, but I am happy with this number and know that I am still being a good steward with the money.
If you were in my shoes, what would you spend it on?