There are many things youth ministries buy with the money in their budgets: curriculum, food, convention costs, hotel rooms, food, prizes, books, etc…. (yes, I am aware that I typed “food” twice) As a youth minister, I try to determine the needs for the year as I try to figure out what budget we’ll need. But there are always unexpected expenses that come up throughout the year for which you cannot budget. Beyond these unexpected expenses, there are other parts of youth ministry which you cannot budget for either – well, really they are things that no budget can buy.
5 Things a Youth Minister Can’t Buy with a Budget…
1. High quality volunteers
2. Respect from parents
3. Relationships with students
4. Those “aha” moments where things start clicking
5. Eternal change
What else would you add to this list?