Vehicle rental may be the single most erratic youth ministry expense there is. Rent vans for a retreat this summer, budget the same expense for next year’s retreat, then watch the expense double in the intervening 12 months. It’s especially bad in the summer.
I’ve learned that booking vans at least six months out and prepaying for them is almost required.
I rented two vans for last weekend’s ski retreat way back on August 9th, and the cost was $600 more than last year for the exact same weekend.
This. Is. Ministry.