Been following along with my train of thought about numbers? Then you know that I said Part 3 is about how to figure your youth ministry budget. (For Part 1 on youth participation and Part 2 on volunteer requirements, see post from 3/18 and 3/20).
$1000-$1500 per active student: Its an easy amount to figure; the formula is solid and based on current cost-of-living factors. How do you land on a spot in the range of money? $1500 per (active) youth head is for major cities like NY or high-cost of living states like CA. The lowest end of the scale, $1000, it usually more rural and more often than not, in the southern states. I’ll give you and example: I recently did an youth ministry assessment for a church in Nashville and the government index showed that the per student figure was $1150. Big city yet less union costs and in the south.
What does this figure cover? Salaries/benefits and program expenses. Whose salaries? Anyone in your church whose job is fully or partially responsible for students in any way. So, if the choir director spend 25% of their time on a youth choir or handbells, then 25% of their salaries/expenses would be figured in the comparison. Easy example: if a youth ministry in my home town of Katy, TX has 19 students coming through the doors on a regular weekly-ish basis, then the amount of money a church should be spending on the outreach to those students settle around $19,000. This would cover any PT staffing hours and programming costs.
For more info, check out two things: 1) http://ministryarchitects.com and 2) Group Magazine’s 2012 Salary Survey.