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Youth Ministry On a Tight Budget August 21, 2008

Filed under: budgeting,curriculum,resources,teaching,youth ministry — Dj @ 10:58 pm

So the financial committee chair person comes to you and says: “Good news! We’ve reworked your budget…you have $100 to spend for the year for each of your programs. If you could spend less that’d be great!”

Ouch. Double ouch if you’re working with several different programs!

You have a couple of options:

  1. Start writing your own curriculum, which takes a lot more time or
  2. Find quality curriculum/teaching material at a discounted price.

When working with church funds, you obviously want to be the best steward that you can with the money that people have given for the work of God’s Kingdom. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on quality to get the most bang for your buck!

Let me give a couple of ideas on how to save money on buying quality teaching material.

First, check out sites like Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Just a couple weeks ago I was looking for some material for our Jr. High class and someone recommended to me the Dares From Jesus series by Mark Oestricher. If you go online and buy this material, it’s $15. But I bought it from a used book dealer through Amazon for $1.50. No, I’m not missing a zero. One dollar and fifty cents!

When I received it in the mail I was astonished that such a great tool was available at such a low price and in perfect condition!

Secondly, check out discount Christian bookstores. Here you can find books that are either out of print or from the previous year. I bought Nelson’s Annual Youth Ministry Sourcebook which is a great resource for youth ministry talks for less than $5. I also picked up this great book for about $2. Incidently, that book is available through amazon for 44 cents.

So having a small budget is not a huge deal when it comes to buying teaching resources. You have to shop around a little bit, but you could easily fill your library with tons of teaching materials for under $100.

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