How do you get creative financially?

I have met and talked with several orange leaders who are brainstorming new ways of doing ministry these days. Their budgets have been reduced dramatically and they have been forced to save on supplies for every program under their leadership.

One idea I heard about came from Amy Fenton, the children’s ministry director at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee. She knew that the curriculum lesson called for parachutes to be used by the children in one activity for Sunday. Instead of purchasing those parachutes, she instead emailed her volunteers and asked them to bring sheets to use in place of the parachutes. The volunteers responded joyfully, happy to help the church save money.

I am guessing that many of you have had to be creative financially in new ways as well. Can you share some of your ideas so we can all benefit?