by Neil MacQueen, …Math Wiz and Donut Lover
For sure… Donuts Taste Great
But in the long-run, they are less filling,
AND donuts are a lot more expensive than software.
I originally wrote this article after one of MY OWN church’s naysayers stood in our Fellowship Hall one Sunday morning sipping his free coffee and munching on free cookies while complaining about the money we had spent in Sunday School on videos and software. Then I updated this article after my church Treasurer approached me, free coffee in hand, to caution us about the money we were spending on fixing up our Sunday School rooms (even though we were waaaay under budget).
Tip O’ the Day:
PENNY-PINCHERS ACTUALLY HATE MATH…. so use a lot of it.
Now that we’re offering our software by DOWNLOAD and cut our prices by MORE THAN HALF, this “donuts to dollars” argument is even more ridiculous.
What I still hear from some teachers and church staff is “I’m not very good with a computer.” I guess that’s a great excuse if Sunday School was ABOUT YOU, …but it isn’t. It’s about the kids.
And “not good with computers” is frankly just another excuse like “costs too much.” You have people in your congregation who use computers EVERY DAY. They’re ready for this. The kids are ready for this. Excuse-ers get no excuses.
And now back to your regularly scheduled rant…
Here’s Le Real Math…
Cost for a dozen Krispy Kremes = $6.00 per class.
Cost of three installed copies of Awesome Bible software = $14.99 when downloaded.
Now Awesome Bible Stories CD has 6 different major Bible story lessons.
$14.99 ÷ 6 lessons/classes = $2.50 per lesson or class.
$2.50 divided by 6 kids in the class = 42 cents per kid.
And remember… software is re-usable. In fact, they will WANT to do it again! So if you use each story in Awesome Bible Stories TWICE per student over a period of years, then you are actually getting 12 lessons out of it, not six. That equals 21 CENTS per student.
This is quite a bit less than a donut,
…lasts longer than a donut,
……and is more important than a donut.
This is also LESS EXPENSIVE than Sunday School art supplies,
…and the coffee your adults swill for “free.”
Doesn’t it bother you
that they GIVE AWAY FREE COFFEE
but question and deny your
teaching resource budget?
THE COFFEE FREELOADERS MATH:
Cheap Church Coffee is about $8 a pound. There are 40 cups of coffee in one pound. Eight divided by 40 cups = 20 cents for the “free” coffee.
Now add 5 cents for the styrofoam cup, and 5 cents for the creamer/sugar.
That’s 30 cents per cup of “free coffee” nobody ever complains about giving to the adults.
If they have TWO cups of “free” coffee and reuse the cup…. you’re now up to 55 cents per adult.
Add a 50 Cent donut and you’re now up to $1.05 PER ADULT every week.
[In fact, churches spend FAR MORE $$$ on adults than children if you count the pastor’s salary and air-conditioned sanctuary, but I digress.]
The freeloaders question or want you to cut your resource budget because you want to spend 21 cents per kid on a Bible lesson software they might actually ENJOY and learn from.
“We can’t afford it!” –These say with their mouth full of free coffee and donuts.
“How long, O LORD, will
wickedignorant people triumph?” (Psalm 94:3) You mumble under your breath.
How much IS that craft costing you?
A good one with interesting ART materials and design might cost you $1 per kid.
Boring our kids with cheap throw-a-way crafts is vastly more expensive than software.
Before we get much further, somebody please calculate the cost of boring students so they don’t want to come to Sunday School….
I thought so.
Computer Equipment Math!
Hopefully you got them donated new or used.
But let’s say you go out and ACTUALLY PAY FOR YOUR COMPUTERS with the church’s money…
Here’s THE REAL COST of a NEW COMPUTER:
1 good new computer will last 7 to 8 years in the average Sunday School.
So, let’s say you use it 40 Sundays a year (Sept-May). 8 years x 40 weeks of use per year = 320 classtime uses.
A decent inexpensive new computer and 20″ monitor in 2013 can be bought for $400. So….divide $400 by 320 uses and you get….
$1.25 per week for 1 new computer over it’s lifetime.
Reverting back to donuts….that’s about the cost of 6 donut holes per week.
Or about three free cups of coffee nobody complains about giving away.
Divide that in half because you have 2 kids in front of that new computer, and your BRAND NEW COMPUTER is costing your 62 CENTS per kid per use. That’s less than the cost of good art project materials.
Total up the cost of new computers + all the software you need, and you’re UNDER $1.00 per kid every time you step into the computer lab.
es and drama lessons where I spent more per week!
MY RANT in conclusion:
A box of 20 “Timbit” donut holes from Tim Hortons is about $4. Add a quart of orange juice for $3… and you’re spending MORE on snacks than software per week.
+ A new computer costs you $1.71 per week over its lifetime.
Total it all up and we’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 BUCKS PER WEEK to run FOUR new computers with a decent software library …for the next 8 years.
(I’d make that text BIGGER but it would break the page.)
Turning child attenders into bored kids and unchurched adults….. now THAT’S Expensive!