I stumbled upon this post by "UthPastor Todd" on the ups and downs of fundraising in youth ministry. I have to admit, I hate fundraising. In fact, as a junior high student years ago, I left my church's youth group primarily because it seemed like all we did was fundraise. Now, as I prepare to help our youth group raise the money needed for a Mexico mission trip, I find myself again having to face the challenge of balancing these sorts of activities with more important things like Bible study and worship. I reconcile myself to the fact that we are raising money for mission, but I still wonder if it would just make more sense to have the church budget for the full mission trip in advance, so that we could focus our time on more important things.