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.
- College Football Tickets ($800)
- Volunteer Training including a speaker per diem, Olive Garden lunch, 99 Thoughts on Caring for Your Youth Group, and training materials ($500)
- Paintballing with 20 students ($600)
- Cookout Kickoff ($200)
- Custom Ministry Shirts ($300)
- GoPro HD Helmet Camera ($250)
- Illustration videos: specifically BASIC by Francis Chan ($90), Joshua by Todd Phillips ($30), and Igniter Media Mini-Movie Membership ($200). [HT Ben Boles]
- A Megaphone ($30) [HT Paul Mannino]
- Chipotle, Starbucks, and Panera Bread every weekend for two months with volunteers. ($200) [HT Nick Farr]
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?