I'm apart of many kidmin Facebook groups. One day as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed I noticed a question that was asked in one of those groups that stopped me in my tracks. Someone asked, "What is your budget for kid's ministry?" The answers that followed were tough to read.
"We get $100 a year for birth through 5th grade."
"Every week we send kids in to collect the $1 bills the adults are holding out for them."
"We have a special offering at the end of the year and whatever we get from that is what we have for the following year."
Don't get me wrong. I get it. I understand being at a small church plant and there not being enough to go around.
But, just as it is in our personal finances where if you show me your bank account, I can show you what you care about, it's the same principle for a church. Show me a church's budget, and I'll show you what matters to them.
If we want kids to matter, then we have to make a kid's ministry budget a priority. There needs to be intentionality in planning for a budget and starting somewhere.
There isn't only a responsibility of the church when it comes to budgeting. We as ministry leaders also have a responsibility.
As a kidmin leader, I have to know what I want to spend the money on for the year and why I want to spend it. When I ask for a specific amount budgeted for baby dedications, why do I need this amount? How does this contribute to our goal as a family ministry and then also the church? What's the "win" that happens when we invest it?
I keep a document with all the events and programming we do as a family ministry, and I have written down what the event/program is, why we want to do this particular event/program, and how it fits into our overall strategy as a ministry and church. I pull from it every year when I do my budget proposal.
Wednesday on the blog, I'll help you think through planning your events and discovering your "why" behind your event.
How are you helping your church see that kid's ministry needs to matter in the budget?