Married to the Empire

Monday, June 15, 2009

Reworking the Budget

Sometimes things happen in life, and we have to rework our budget. Like, a cat gets sick and has tons of new costs...

The latest change is that we're without a youth minister at church and will be for the foreseeable future. Steven is the official face of the youth ministry right now, which simply means that he's on the church website as youth minister, but really, it's the youth team that's handling everything.

However, all of this means that we have extra responsibilities and time commitments. The church pays for us to do all church-sponsored activities, like Whirlyball this weekend. But if we want to spend time with the kids at Bahama Buck's or go to Sonic after youth group, that's out of our own pockets. Granted, we were already paying to do a lot of this stuff, but now we have the responsibility of doing it even more often, especially with the kids out of school for the summer. So, the budget has to be reworked to include these little extras.

Budgets are a lot like life. They're constantly shifting and changing to accomodate new situations, yet they still give much-needed structure to keep things running smoothly.

1 comment:

lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes said...

"Ministry" stuff is the thing that always breaks our budget -- in the sense that so much of it is spontaneous, and thus unplanned and unbudgeted for. As much as we value these activities and wouldn't trade them for the world, it is a challenge to budget appropriately. :)