If your church operates on a fiscal budget, you may be heading into 'budget prep mode'. Each year at this time I spend way too much time trying to figure out the best use of the resources our church gives our ministry. Here is my super simple breakdown of what I think may be the best way to spend the money your church provides...we don't do it exactly like this, but I probably would if I could:
10% Tithe/benevolence: Give a portion of your budget to a needy church, ministry etc. or use it as scholarship money.
40% Volunteer appreciation: underwrite the cost of their trips so they can go for free, take them to coffee, pay for a date-night, buy them a Christmas gift.
40% Weekly programs: prizes, decorations, snacks, curriculum etc.
10% Personal growth: training events, conferences, books etc. for the point person of the ministry.