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Here comes the Boom

There was a movie out in 2012 that was about a teacher (Kevin James) needed to raise funds for their school, so he decided to do MMA (mixed martial arts)…. You will have to watch the movie to learn more.

It got me thinking, yeah I think a lot sometimes, about how we raise funds in Youth Ministry.
Most of the Youth Ministries… not all but most have a scheduled budget amount.
If you are from a bigger church, you submit an annual budget for your ministry, that then goes to the finance team who puts together the church budget and it is voted on etc.

The Following experiences have been in my history:

1. Get a budgeted amount, but the funds aren’t sufficient to fund it.

2. Get no budget, you raise or spend what you have…

3. Get a budget and over spend

4. Get a budget and use it to the penny…

I am not sure what season you find yourself in but we experience them all.
I wanted to address the well, we don’t have enough money to do what God is calling us to do.

We all have a sensitivity for sure to needing more money. I will share a couple ideas:
1. Ask congregation to give from the stage.. not that this is realistic but it is an idea.2. Find a couple of people who are sensitive to your ministry that will give
3. Find someone who is sensitive to your need.. maybe a band dude will buy you a drum kit etc.
4. Seek out a local business that will let you serve them and they will give you tip money>> for example
We live in a town that has a local pizza place. We approached them, well actually a former student who is a manager their asked me, to see if we could do a service project with them. They said, yes pick out a monthly day of the week, to come in with a designated amount of people to clean tables, pick up dishes and clean them. We benefit in three ways… money, serving the community and community awareness.
5. Charge a bit more for events that will help cover expenses, fuel, leaders, t-shirts etc.

I am sure the list could go on and on but the key is realizing you have far more access to funds than a church budget if you do your home work and get some creativeness in generating funds.. No one likes a whiner….

Good luck with your ministry and fund raising.

What is with all the iPhone 4s hype and does your ministry compare to it?

Everyone is waiting on pins and needles, will Apple announce the Iphone 5 or not……
The answer is NOT. They didn’t introduce the new Iphone 5 but the new revised and ever so special Iphone 4S. I am not sure if that excites or disappoints you but as a tech interested borderline addict I don’t care and am not surprised one bit. The Iphone 5 most likely isn’t ready and a natural pattern would be to spice up the Iphone 4 to buy some time.

How do we as Student Ministers compare or contrast what Apple did? Allow me to challenge your assumption here.

1. We often submit a budget (generally under what we really need) to our finance team only to get a portion of that requested amount due to giving or expected giving.
2. We will have a solid plan of our ministry at the beginning of the year and as we progress through the calendar we gradually adjust and become side tracked and end the year missing the goal or plan we intended to do.
3. We preach to our students from the pulpit (youth room or class room) that we need to be continually in the Word, but we often compromise our time in the Word because someone needs us, a game is on etc. I would even say in my life on occasion if it weren’t for my lesson prep time, I wouldn’t be in the bible at all.
4. We compare ourselves to other youth ministries in our area or attend youth ministry conferences only to come home feeling the need to overhaul our ministry. I am not implying we shouldn’t attend conferences or even challenge ourselves to do quality ministry.

I am not sure if any of these examples strike a sensitive spot in your gut but I do hope you can take a minute to evaluate your ministry and approach to youth ministering. Then compare your actions with that of the actions of Apple and it’s Iphone 4S announcement. It could be a rewarding or convicting moment, either way we should reflect and challenge ourselves to bring the best ministry we can. It is important that we don’t settle for less in our ministries allowing all the hype of something coming and follow through with the end result.
God has called us to minister to students under His leadership within our giftedness and abilities not someone else abilities or gifts.
It is my prayer that we can bring high quality programs and experiences to our customers that allow them to experience Christ in unique and personal ways and to avoid the disappointment of all hype and compromise.

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