The Middle Years Ministry

Formerly "The JH Uth Guy", THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors and Anyone Else Working in
Pivotal and Important 5th-9th Grade Years. The “Middle Years” are not children’s ministry, not high school ministry, and are more than just Middle School/Jr. High. It is a unique and specialized ministry, where the final lifelong faith decision are made.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hint/Help #9 : "Be Focal, Buy Local"

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Lets be real, we spend money, whether we are the big church in town or small fry around the corner we are spending our church's (*God's money) or the parents money.   Why not be more "Focal" in our spending by buying "Local"?

Whether it is the next graphic order for yet another t-shirt order or a banner for your youth room or even that monthly big pizza order why not use somebody local.  Nothing against some of the outstanding Christian graphic companies or the Big national pizza chains,  but why not put the money you are spending back into your own community and economy using locally owned and ran companies.  You might even be ending up helping provide a job for some in your own church?

The second part, might be a bit more work but it still worth it (*at least I think so) in God's economy- Buy Local on your trips, retreats, and mission projects.  Not in your own community, but in the community near by your location you end up being in.  Why not CASH MOB a couple local stores and businesses buying supplies and food for your event?  If nothing else plan one night on a longer trip to take your whole group to a local "mom and pop" business and let the kids spend a ton of their money buying snacks and other silly stuff?   I am telling you there is nothing more fun than to pull up with a bus and have a big group of students respectfully walk into a little tiny store and spend a whole lot of money they were going to spend anyway!?

Just a quick thought and hopeful a little hint and help for your ministry!

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