Also, be sure to read below:
How to Lead an Awesome Youth Ministry on a Tiny Budget
The Circle of Awesomeness


As I talk to youth ministry leaders, a lack of money in the youth ministry budget is a major problem.
(Another major problem is not enough time.)
You have a passion to lead an awesome youth ministry, coordinating:
Midweek and weekend services,
Camp, mission trips, outreaches, and other big events,
Sunday school and/or small group.
You recruit, train, & nurture volunteers.
You work hard pointing students to Jesus, building relationships with them, and partnering with parents.
But you’re not given enough of a budget to make it all happen, and that can be frustrating!
In fact…
A LOT of youth ministries have ZERO budget!
Of those that do, many have a TINY budget.
To close the gap, many youth workers do a lot of fundraising in order to have money for their youth ministry.
This means additional time and energy on the part of the leader.
In some cases, leaders go above and beyond in this area.
I’ve heard of many youth ministers who have no budget, and actually fund the youth ministry with their own money (and you know…us youth leaders don’t have a lot of it to go around).
No doubt, this is a commendable sacrifice on the part of the leader!
Lack of money is a big problem a lot of youth ministry leaders face.
However, imagine if things were different.
Having more money in the youth ministry budget means you could:
Sponsor some students to attend camp (or even have enough money to do your own camp).
Have more money that goes to your yearly missions trip.
Coordinate an outreach in your community.
Buy some Bibles for students.
Renovate your youth room In order to create a safe place where students can connect with God and one another.
Do something really special for your volunteers.
Start a student-led ministry that serves kids in your community (like mentoring, tutoring, etc.)
Oh, the possibilities are endless!
So, how do you have an awesome youth ministry on a shoe-string budget?
I don’t have a magic wand that can solve this problem.
But, I can be a part of the solution.
It’s a problem that I wanted to solve when launching (the website you’re on right now) back in April 2014.
It’s one of the main reasons we exist – to help youth ministry leaders save money.
We save you time and money by doing two things:

Thing #1 - We create FREE youth group lessons, like the 90 lessons we’re giving away now.
Over the last few years we’ve developed a writing team consisting of youth ministers like yourself who create ongoing youth group lessons and games.
We post them for FREE on our website. It’s pretty cool.
We get comments all the time on our website, by email and on Facebook about how helpful our lessons and games are for youth leaders.
In fact, here’s a comment posted on our website by Lorena:
“These lessons are amazing! Being the youth leader it can get a little tough to pick topics that will actually speak to this generation and these are full of fun, but also the truth that Jesus wants us to preach about!”
Sure, there are a lot of “free” lessons and games you can find online.
But most of them aren’t all that good. Why? Because they’re free. The good stuff usually costs money.
In our case, “free” doesn’t mean poor quality because we actually pay a team of writers (who are also youth ministry leaders) to create our lessons and games.
Paying our team is our way of making sure the stuff is awesome.
We want you to save money AND get high caliber resources for your youth group.
You might wonder where we get the money to pay our writers if everything is free.
That leads us to the other thing we do to save you money (and time)…
Thing #2 – We put together a big bundle of youth ministry lessons and games a few times a year.
We do have youth lessons and games for sale on our website. All our paid stuff is bigger and better than our free stuff. We regularly have small bundles of youth ministry series avaiable on our website. 
And a few times a year we’ll put together a really AWESOME bundle of youth ministry lessons and games that only lasts 7 days.
The bundle saves you over $2,000, which is more than a 94% discount!
You really can’t beat that kind of savings.
Our goal here at Ministry to Youth is to save you money, so that you can lead an awesome youth ministry on a shoe-string budget.
We want you to see all the dreams God has placed in your heart come true.
We want you to have more money to send students to camp, do outreaches in your community, and put towards missions trips.


Here’s how the “Circle of Awesomeness” works:
#1. We create free youth group lessons and games to save you time and money.
In order to make sure they’re awesome, we pay a team of youth ministry leaders to create them.
In addition to paying these writers, there’s also A TON of overhead we have to cover each month.
In fact, our overhead averages out to be at $12,000 a month, often more. This covers our staff, freelancers and the rest of our expenses.
I know it probably doesn’t seem like it, but there’s a lot of “behind the scenes” costs to keep everything running smoothly, and to reach the most youth ministry leaders possible.
Our company requires a budget, similar to how a youth ministry needs a budget to be effective.
In order to pay for those expenses…
2. We also create youth ministry lessons and games to sell online.
Our paid resources are bigger and better than our free stuff. Here are a few reasons why:
Awesome Artwork. Each series includes a cover image that you can use for promotional purposes and to insert into your presentation software. Each series also includes a blank text image to make your own slides (just add text) and insert into your presentation software.
Series Format. All our free lessons come in the form of a series. There’s a theme to each series, and each lesson/message builds on the prior week.
Bigger, Better Lessons. All our paid lessons are longer, bigger, and better than our free ones. Yep, we go over the top to make sure they’re the best ever.
“All-In-One” Lessons. All our paid lessons include a fun opening game, a complete Biblical message, and small group questions. They’re great for big or small youth groups.
Plug N Play. Another awesome thing about our paid lessons and games is that everything is done for you! All your midweek/weekend services (or even small groups) are now done. Nice. You have all the resources you need to have an awesome youth group service (or class, small group Sunday School, etc). Just take a little time making it your own…and that’s it. Pretty cool.
When it comes to our paid lessons and games…we still want to save you money.
So, we periodically put together a bundle of resources.
3. A few times a year we put together AN AWESOME BUNDLE of youth ministry lessons and games.
In fact...
We’re about to release the Awesome Youth Bundle this Friday, January 11 at 12pm noon Eastern U.S. time.
For only $99, you over $2,000 worth of youth ministry resources.
We've added about $350 worth of new series into this bundle (since last time we launhced it). 
Save 156 hours a year and get a discount of about $2,000 on 4 years of youth ministry lessons. 
More time and money so you can more effectively point students to Jesus.
We’re giving away some seriously awesome prizes for the first who order the bundle on opening day.
More details will be posted soon on our website. 
Once the bundle goes live, it only lasts for 7 days.
4. This awesome bundle funds a lot of our expenses. 
Most of the revenue we generate in a year comes from the a few big bundles like this that we put together. 
It enables us to cover all our expenses, create more free stuff, and reach more youth ministry leaders with our resources.
The awesome bundle fuels a lot of what we do.
So, think about it.
Even when we’re selling something, we’re still saving you TIME and MONEY.
And when you purchase the Awesome Youth Bundle, you’re actually investing in the creation of more free lessons and games. You’ll benefit from these freebies, and so will thousands of other youth ministries.
You’re helping us reach, resource, and equip more youth ministry leaders around the world.
You’re helping us create more youth group series and games to sell online, which will also help you save even more time and money.
You’re helping to create the “Circle of Awesomeness”.
How awesome is that?
I think it’s pretty cool.
If you like all our free stuff, then you’ll love our paid stuff.
So, be sure to mark your calendar for when the Awesome Youth Ministry goes live on Friday, January 11 at 12pm noon Eastern U.S. time.
You’ll want to be one of the first to order and grab some of those sweet prizes.
See you on opening day :)
Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth
P.S. - Last week we posted our Top 7 FREE Youth Ministry Lessons of 2018. If you haven't yet downloaded them, be sure to do so.