"Spend however much you want! You have an unlimited budget." If you're a youth pastor and have heard that, I'm almost certain you were dreaming.
One of the challenges of ministry is being a good steward of the money entrusted to us as leaders. Some of you are probably tired of being trusted with little money and are ready to be shown trustworthy with bigger finances. Until that time comes, here are some valuable resources and ideas for youth ministry on a budget.
Let’s face an unfortunate truth – American culture is fixated on beauty.
That obsession carries into marketing and design. Some privileged souls work in organizations steeped in a “planning” culture where a project never begins without a clearly defined creative brief. Others wander a busy highway of squirrel-chasers.
In “marked” contrast to the adopted practice of most modern historiographers who are fond of supplying graphic details of heinous events (compare, for example, Bill O’Reilly’s magnificent KILLING LINCOLN), Mark’s account of the crucifixion is striking in its silence regarding the physical torture of the cross.
Have you solved any quadratic equations lately? Chances are you have. In fact, many Americans spend several hours each week not only solving quadratic equations, but watching other people solve them as well!
If you haven’t guessed by now, I am talking about watching sports on television. You didn’t pull out your pencil and paper and work through the quadratic formula to solve the equation, but your brain still makes an attempt to do it just by watching.
There are few things more devastating to a community and individual lives than conflicts at church. Somehow we expect difficult moments and relational challenges at work, at home, and in just about every other setting of our lives. But church? Well, that just shouldn’t be.
Okay, yes, we could argue that a local church is full of people too. Therefore, we should anticipate a few challenging relational moments, but much of the angst can be avoided if we would understand the differences between truth, convictions, and preferences.