How Would You Spend $4,000 In Your Ministry

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?

10 Comments

  1. Basic is a great series. I loved it! Good for youth and young adults. I got a questions for you, why the GoPro. Why not a more conventional Digital Camera. One of my youth volunteers brings their GoPro and it makes really cool videos, I used it once for our ski trip. However, I never thought about buying one for the ministry. I am curious on why you went GoPro over a normal Digitial Camera or even something like a Canon T2i or something.
    • I know for myself, I would love a gopro because it can do so much more than a classic digital at a fraction of the price. I can't buy an underwater case for my nikon as easily as a go pro haha.
  2. Basic is a great series. I loved it! Good for youth and young adults. I got a questions for you, why the GoPro. Why not a more conventional Digital Camera. One of my youth volunteers brings their GoPro and it makes really cool videos, I used it once for our ski trip. However, I never thought about buying one for the ministry. I am curious on why you went GoPro over a normal Digitial Camera or even something like a Canon T2i or something.
    • I know for myself, I would love a gopro because it can do so much more than a classic digital at a fraction of the price. I can't buy an underwater case for my nikon as easily as a go pro haha.
  3. Wow...so glad I don't work in a "spend it or you don't get it next year" type setting. :-) My first thought would be to ask some of my "on board" leaders and students who have a heart for service and evangelism, "What one-time event or initiative would really make an impact for the Kingdom?"
  4. Wow...so glad I don't work in a "spend it or you don't get it next year" type setting. :-) My first thought would be to ask some of my "on board" leaders and students who have a heart for service and evangelism, "What one-time event or initiative would really make an impact for the Kingdom?"
  5. I have been struggling with my churches budget - they are telling me that if I have funds left in the money my youth have fundrased then I have to use that before I can use the money the church has budgeted. This has come up with my mission trip account. Each youth had to raise $625 to cover all the expenses for their mission trip. I have adults that raise extra money or donate to put into the fund and want it to go towards the youth that have a hard time raising that money. I always try to keep extra in that fund so that I have a cushion to fall on for deposits, etc. But the church said that as long as there is money in that account I can not use the budgeted money to pay for the bus transportation. They only budget $5000 for the youth mission trip and every year I have at least 50 people going on the trips, so that is a lot of money we are fundraising (at least $31,000) so I really do not feel $5000 is too much for the church to budget, but I guess they do not see it that way. And then I hear "too many fundraisers going on" but yet I can't use the budgeted... hmmmmm. Anyone else have these issues?
  6. I have been struggling with my churches budget - they are telling me that if I have funds left in the money my youth have fundrased then I have to use that before I can use the money the church has budgeted. This has come up with my mission trip account. Each youth had to raise $625 to cover all the expenses for their mission trip. I have adults that raise extra money or donate to put into the fund and want it to go towards the youth that have a hard time raising that money. I always try to keep extra in that fund so that I have a cushion to fall on for deposits, etc. But the church said that as long as there is money in that account I can not use the budgeted money to pay for the bus transportation. They only budget $5000 for the youth mission trip and every year I have at least 50 people going on the trips, so that is a lot of money we are fundraising (at least $31,000) so I really do not feel $5000 is too much for the church to budget, but I guess they do not see it that way. And then I hear "too many fundraisers going on" but yet I can't use the budgeted... hmmmmm. Anyone else have these issues?
  7. Finish the work that needs to be done on our youth center. Our funds are not near that by far, so I can't even comprehend even having $4,000 to left to spend. That is my budget for the year.

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