One of the things I like most about my friend Kurt Johnston (Saddleback’s youth pastor) is that he’s an idea machine! Granted, not all of his ideas are good ones but I love the fact that he just keeps swinging away knowing he’ll strike out a lot and hit a home run or two along the way. His latest idea could be one of those “home run” type of ideas. It’s certainly creative.
Youthworkerdiscounts.com is what Kurt is calling “A movement of generosity” to help fund small youth groups. The vast majority of youth groups are small, underfunded, and led by awesome adults lacking the time and money it takes to get training and resources and youthworkerdiscounts.com is one way the rest of us can help.
Here’s how it works:
- You pay an annual membership fee of $20.
- In return, $10 of your membership fee goes directly into the pot to buy resources for small youth groups.
- And, you get access to thousands of discounts on all sorts of stuff like hotels, restaurants, movie tickets, etc. PLUS 30% off every order from our friends at simplyyouthministry.com
It’s actually a terrible business model because there’s nothing left for Kurt! When I pointed this out to him his response was, “Well, that’s because it’s not a business. It’s just an idea I had to help small youth groups.” Touché, Kurt. That was dangerously close to a Jesus Juke.
A “home run” idea? I suppose that remains to be seen. But it’s a pretty good one, and his heart behind it is why I wanted to share it with the rest of you.