RYM 038: How To Have A 5-Star Youth Ministry On A Shoestring Budget

If there’s one thing all ministry leaders and youth workers can agree on, it’s this: We never quite have everything we wish we could in our youth ministry budgets. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about building a killer youth ministry environment, investing the budget you do have in the right things, and leveraging resources and connections for your ministry—all on a limited budget.

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We never quite have everything we wish we could in our youth ministry budgets. (2:00)

What tensions are youth leaders feeling when it comes to budget? (2:30)

In youth ministry, first impressions are everything. (5:45)

Are you creating an environment that your volunteers want to pour themselves into? (6:45)

Students don’t come back because of lights or a sound system; they come back because of relationships. (9:00)

The culture created in your youth ministry is priceless. (14:00)

What has been worth spending money on in your youth ministry? (14:45)

Budget more to invest in your leaders so that they can be better equipped to do what they can do. (15:00)

Invest more in events and experiences that students are going to remember. (16:00)

What can you do to stretch your budget a little further? (23:00)

Know your people. Tap into your students and families and give them the opportunity to contribute. (23:30)

Never be afraid to ask, but be someone people can say no to easily. (25:00)

Invite people in your church to partner with your youth ministry. (26:00)

Partner with other youth ministries in your community to save money, network, and establish relationships. (29:00)

Partner with other ministries within your church. (30:30)

What are some fundraiser hacks for your youth ministry? (32:00)

Create Amazon wish lists and share them with your leadership and your congregation. (39:00)

One of the greatest ways to get your budget raised is to cast vision. (41:30)

Don’t be discouraged by what you don’t have; maximize what you do have. (45:30)


Book: Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark

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by Louie Lovoy and Brett Talley | Orange Conference 2017


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Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).



Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.



Louie has worked in 5 different churches of all shapes and sizes over the last 18 years, including the last 6 at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA. He now serves as the Student Ministry Consultant for North Point Partner churches around the country. Louie loves to help ministry leaders think through what they are doing and help them to connect and learn from each other as well. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, Lindsay, and his two boys, Levi and Luke.



J.M. lives outside of Atlanta with his wife Rhonda and has been in student Ministry over 20 years. Currently a speaker, YM trainer, contributing writer for NYI Connect, and Co-Director of Camp Project, J.M. loves playing basketball, disc golf, and foot golf (Look it up! It’s a thing!).

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