Church Bus Ministry

I just walked out to plug in our old diesel church bus for its weekly mission trip around our town. Big Blue is beautiful but starting to show her age. This church has been running a bus ministry longer than I’ve been alive. We all know that longevity is not the test of a ministry’s value, so it’s good to re-think the pros and cons every so often.

For more help in this vital ministry, read our 6 steps for improving your bus ministry or how to start a bus ministry.

Positives of Church Bus Ministry

  • Kids come to our programs that otherwise would not. Bottom line, more children are coming to hear the gospel. About 30% of our Wednesday night kids come from the bus ministry.
  • Our church is visible in neighborhoods where we have no members. Like many churches, most of our people come from the stable long-term neighborhoods of our city. The apartments and trailer parks, with their more transient populations, house almost none of our church members.
  • It keeps our people outreach minded. Our volunteers get to know un-churched kids up close through this outreach ministry. We are constantly seeing new faces that remind us of the many children who are not active in church.
  • It doesn’t cost much since we already own the bus and use volunteer maintenance.
  • It opens new ways for people to serve. The bus ministry volunteers are pure gold.

Negatives of Church Bus Ministry

  • Reaching parents is a problem. Very few churches, ours included, have really figured out how to get the families of our bus kids involved in our church.
  • Bus discipline is a constant struggle.  There are some frantic moments for the bus monitors; it takes special people to keep 25 excited kids safely in their seats. You might enjoy our sample discipline plan for the church bus. Having a good list of bus games is essential.
  • We reinforce poor parenting habits. We preach parental responsibility, but contradict it by picking up these kids while their parents stay home.
  • The kids from the bus route are often our most disruptive.
  • We see very few conversions. Bus kids are often very open to the Gospel, but we don’t see much long-term fruit. This may be because they move away or because the home environment counteracts what we teach.
  • There are safety risks. Any child waiting for the bus after dark makes me nervous.

So what about you? Does your church run a bus ministry? Are the pros and cons I listed here a fair assessment?


Comments

  1. Kathy says

    Interestingly, I googled church bus ministry out of interest to see how prominent it is these days. I notice the comment about few converts. I would have never stepped foot in a church without a bus ministry. My family was not poor, but we lived among a very mixed demographic, and a few streets away was a girl I knew who rode the bus. She invited me and I attended regularly for maybe a year or so as a 10 or 11 year old. I was saved after weeks of hearing the pastor invite people to the alter and the holy spirit came to me at that time. Years passed and without the religious piece at home it all “fell apart” but I have re-visited the faith of that time and have committed my life again to Christ. I take four children on the journey with me this time. The fruits of conversation are not always visible at the time of performing Christ’s work.

  2. says

    God just gave us a bus, we have been taking 3 trips on a 15 passenger van. The bus ministry works, take it from someone who knows, my entire family was reached by the bus ministry before I was born. My sister rode as a 5 year old little girl and then later my older brother. Finally one Sunday my mom and dad woke up and went to church because of the prayers of my sister, both my parents got saved and I was born into a Christian family all because of two faithful bus workers and a church that didn’t give up on the bus ministry because of the cons. I am now the Associate Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Pine Bluff AR. we have seen over 200 first time visitors this year and over 100 people saved. We have seen God do a wonderful work.

  3. Marsha Culbreth says

    Your pros and cons are great. I am one that doesn’t dwell on the cons much because I simply know this is what God wants me doing. But having the cons all listed in one spot has helped me to see a pattern. Many of those things could be eliminated or at least reduced if we could get the whole family under the teaching of God’s Word. I recently met a pastor who has put this into action in his church with success. He strongly recommends talking to the parents each time he visits and they regularly have events geared for the whole family. You can reach him through the church’s website : http://www.faithbaptistavon.com/busministry.html It also includes audio for some helpful sessions during a recent bus conference under the Bus Conference tab.

  4. Diana says

    I needed to read some of these comments tonight. I received an email from today from a church member who was questioning my handling of a situation with some of our kids. We run a van ministry on Wednesday nights, we feed kids and have a lesson. We are a small church and average around 23 kids a week. Almost all come from unchurched home and we have a lot of discipline issues. I liked how John put it, we need to bind their wounds then sow the seeds. That’s how I feel about our kids.

  5. Jerrold says

    Love this site!!! So many questions I need answered! Most comments here seem directed at bus ministries that primarilly support children.Should children be the focas? And,can you suggest an operating radius? Our riders are mostly adult women who have no cars.Some of the younger women bring children or teens.With few exceptions,all are already members.Suggestions?

  6. Frank R. Karr says

    We actually have a worker we call a runner go up to the door and get the kids. This keeps the kids out of danger.

  7. Osh says

    Can anyone please help me find resources on how to attain a “donated” van or bus. My church would desperately like to start a bus ministry, however we do not have the funds to purchase a vehicle. We are two 1/2 years old, but growing by the minute. Our community is in need, as I have not seen anyone in our community reaching out in this way. Please Help!!! Arlington, Texas

    • brett says

      we saw a church van for sale. we called them and asked for it. they gave it to us. in fact, we have three because of this.

  8. John Edmondson says

    We run about 250 at risk students each Sunday in our Bus Ministry and most churches would be thrilled with the numbers. However, we are losing the support of our staff and church and it is so dishearting. We’ve had the ministry for at least 25 years but have changed Pastors and as he left so has the passion to serve these kids. I have worked in the middle school and high school part of the ministry for eight years and we call it HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) . The church has taken away our budget and has informed us that as the buses break they will not be repaired. I have been a lay leader in youth ministry for 25 years and I think that this is such a vital ministry. Our ministry has grown from about 35 students to between 90 and 120 students each Sunday. I have heard from the pulpit to “Go Where God Is” but as we have grown the church has backed away financially and they do not provide a sufficient amount of teachers to properly support the ministry. The members who serve in this ministry do so because we know we are the lone representative of the body of Christ to these students. I have seen broken kids that have been transformed because of the faithfulness of this ministry to share the Gospel of Christ. I was asked one time the difference between serving a normal youth ministry and working with our HYPE at risk students. I made the observation that with normal kids we have an opportunity to sow seeds of the gospel on fertile soil but with at risk students you have to start by binding their wounds. Most of our kids are walking wounded caused from poverty, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or a combination of these issues. There is a profound difference between the two student ministry bodies. When we serve the normal student ministry they have a deep spiritual foundation that we can build on. The at risk student ministry is spent tearing out a dangerous foundation that cannot support life and is focused on the redeeming aspect of Christ and the profound spiritual impact that he has on our lives. Our HYPE students are the ones you would see on TV during news time as they lie on a gurney after being shot, or in hand cuffs being led off for some crime. They are the anger issues in public schools that you hear so much about. These are the kids that you refuse to truly look at in the eye. They are shadows residing on the edge of the one way street that the body of Christ will not go down.

    • Christa says

      Do you separate the churched/”fertile” kids from the HYPE kids? How do you manage these 2 separate ministry needs without segregating the students?

  9. Rick Schwartz says

    One critical aspect of a bus ministry that many churches are not doing is the mandatory random drug testing of their drivers under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 Part 382. This applies to all churches with a bus over 16 seats, and even if all drivers are volunteers. The program must be set up in accordance with D.O.T. rules, and if the church is caught without the program bad things can happen. If you need more info about how to come into compliance with the required testing then email me at businesshealth2 (at) gmail.com. I’ll be happy to send you back the specific govt. regulations and requirements.

  10. Donna says

    Tony…your positives and negatives are right on target. We have had a bus ministry for 18+ years now. It has grown tremendously…tonight alone we had 215 children 5 years old thru 6th grade and 83 youth. We have 5 vans and tonight made 14 runs taking children home. We do encounter many discipline problems and that is why I am searching the web tonight…trying to find some advice or new ways of doing things. I have begged and begged for help but don’t have any one stepping up to help. My teachers are tired and ready to give up. If anyone has any programs or discipline ideas that work…please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

    • John Edmondson says

      I read your comments on the blog concerning bus ministry kids. Please go and read my comments and I think that you will find that we have plowed the same ministry frustrated field. I will tell you each Sunday I want to be no where but with my at risk students. But, it is difficult to serve in a church that does not respond with assistance which they know is needed with funds and teachers. Let me encourage you that God knows you work and He will take your faithfulness and multiply your works beyond what you can even imagine. I was in the Marines and one of the things they taught us was to make sure to know which hill you would be willing to die on. Not all hills are worthy of total sacrifice and you fight on that hill those as long as you can but eventually you move on to fight another day. However, there are those hills that loom large and are very important to hold. On these hills we gear up and make a stand because it is profoundly important. My perspective is that our at risk students are worthy of the sacrifice even when they have no clue of the battle being waged for them. We are the hook in our shepherds staff that He uses to retrieve those everyone else has given up on. These kids are a worthy hill. Gear up and Hold the line!

      • Gina says

        I am going to a church meeting tonight that will decide whether I continue to attend there. My husband has gone to this church his entire life and I have with him for many years. It is regarding out bus ministry. They are literally about to fire our children’s minister because she has brought in too many poor kids. They want to dramatically decrease the number of children we pick up. I am beyond words. Who would have thought a thriving children’s ministry could part a church like this. So many of the churches members grew up their entire lives going to this church. They have no idea what it is like to grow up with drug-addicted alcoholic parents. They have no idea what it is like to be made an orphan at a very young age, but I know all of it. I can honestly say that the people who picked me up through God’s direction changed my life. This is definitely the hill I choose. Thanks for this comment. I love it and plan to go in their tonight armed with God’s word and my insight. I have 10 pages of relevant scripture. Thank all of you for helping these children like you do. it does make a difference for some of us. It did for me!!!

        • Christa says

          Gina, I am pretty sure we go to the same church. I think the outreach ministry to these kids is thriving but is the entire children’s ministry thriving? I don’t think we can say the children’s ministry as a whole is thriving when we can’t get enough adult leaders for Sunday school, after-school programs, or VBS. There are a lot of kids but we are not serving them well. Bussed or “members”. I love these kids. And I wish mine could/would participate more. Lack of adequate supervision and dis-organization breeds and has bread chaos, bullying and many other unsafe situations. The bus ministry is vital to the children it serves. We have to find a way to be able to bring these children Christ and keep everyone safe, organized and learning about who God is and what he has done for all of us; children, adults, poor, rich.

    • Vikki says

      I have been doing work with children with unchurched parents for a number of years. There are behavior problems to deal with. Parents must sign a permission form with phone number for their children to ride our church bus. When the children become a problem in class or on the bus they are given a warning. When they continue the behavior they are not allowed to ride the bus for 2 weeks and I send home a note or call the parents to let them know. Ocassionally we get a child that is so dissruptive it becomes a safety issue on the bus and the children in the classes cannot learn. I have had to make the difficult decision to tell parents their child cannot come back unless they bring them and are responsible for them. I know many parents see our church classes as babysitting. Even though the parents may want their child out of their hair for awhile I am happy to get the word in them when I can get them. We may be the only way they will be exposed to the Gospel. Our Sunday School numbers are low because the parents do not care to get their child up and ready for the bus on Sunday mornings. We must continue on. As adults these children will have church memories to remind them of God’s love for them. Some may even accept him as their Savior.

      • brett says

        we use a 3 strike system. 1 strike is a warning. watch out. 2 strikes means you sit out(or skip treasure box). 3 strikes means you go home. or rules “when we speak you listen, when we command you obey, no fighting cussing or stealing and when you come you stay.” it sounds kind of harsh at first but its great. the first time you send a kids home its hard. you want that kid there. But it usually opens a door to a parent conversation. I also always follow up during the week with a kids that is sent home.

    • Cheryl says

      on your van ministry for kids, do you enter the kids drive ways and do door to door service or have parents wait at end of driveway with their child(ren)? to me if you are entering personal property then there is even more liability involved. i can see if you have “a runner” to go to the door and leave two adults in the van at the edge of the driveway. just like to know how everyone else does this to compare to our way of which i believe is risky and has major liability issues.

  11. Betty McComas says

    This excites me when I hear “bus ministry” for I did this also for many years. I had a few children and adults on Sunday morning but on Sunday evening services and our Thursday night miracle services there were more elderly people that were widowed and did not drive sitting in apartments and homes by theirselves wanting to attend church and oh what a time we had on the way to services!!! We had church on old “George” the name of our bus. By the time we got to church they would walk into the building shouting and praiseing God . Most of them are gone to heaven now, but we were able to make their last days on earth a blessing. it was a blessing for us to watch them on special days bring their little gifts and exchange and share with each other. Yes, a bus ministry is worth it all if a person’s heart and soul is in the work and one has the precious love of God and compassion for people to receive what God has for them.God Bless all who has this desire for a bus ministry and may you,God, provide all the nessary needs and finances and volunteers to complete their operations for this great ministry. In Jesus Name. Amen. Please e-mail me and let me know how God worked this out for you. God bless you all.

  12. says

    I have been involved in finding unchurched teens and getting them to church for 25 years. having pastored my first church now for 9 years I am starting to see something new. Can an imbalanced outreach ministry hinder long term growth? What I mean is that just as the article states, the bus kids are the most misbehaved. Over time your teen ministry developes a reputation as the “sweathogs”. Parents who are looking for a church to raise thier kids shy away because of the hardcore kids who create an atmosphere they dont want thier kids in. Im talking fights and honeriness which may be isolated and infrequent but take on a life of thier own. The question Im asking is is it better to keep the group made up of a majority strong church kids and then reach out only by fractional proportion to that population. I love reaching rough kids, but there comes a time when they take over and Jesus isnt Lord of the youth group anymore.

    • Chris Miletich says

      We do our main Bus Ministry on Friday night. Our ladies spend time with the teen girls doing crafts and cooking after preaching. For the teen boys we have gym time after preaching. As we work with them we identify the more serious ones and challenge them to come on Sunday and try to disciple. While the teens are being preached at the juniors are in the gym. When we finish preaching to the teens the juniors head to class and then a puppet show. We also have crafts from time to time. We follow the same process for discipleship. I know that some would call me a heretic for doing something out of the box. Others might not like it because they can’t brag about their Sunday numbers. It has worked well for our church. It also leaves Saturday as a free day for the families of bus workers. We visit the faithful riders before church on Wednesday and new riders and prospects on Sunday. I am in no way saying that this is how everyone should do it or that the way that someone else does it is wrong. Again it works for us. As far as them taking over well discipline is always a problem with bus kids. My answer is two-fold 1) Pray more! 2) If they can’t behave take them home and tell them they can’t ride for a few weeks. If they come back with the same attitude then they will have to find another church (Again not good for numbers but good for the ones that want to grow).

  13. says

    Our church has had a bus ministry for the last 40 years but now is in jeopardy of closing down due to lack of participation. I think our church has lost site of the pros and have focused on the cons. Please send prayers that Lord will take back control. The Children are to precious to ignore.

  14. says

    We have such an awesome responsibiity with the children who ride the church bus/van. A pastor’s wife at a church I attended in the past came from this type of minitry. Recently, as I was holding one of the toddlers in my arms while the mother was in line to get lunch following church, I thought to myself “I am doing what Jesus would do”. She has been attending for three weeks now (the mother) on the van with her children. It is precious! We welcome parents to sit with the children if they would prefer – a few have. It is work, work, work, but God is blessing the ministry.

  15. says

    Great testimony on these pages. I’m from a small rural church in England where our children’s work is successful enough, but a) we don’t have the room to properly run our three age-group Sunday school (up to 8s, 8-11s, 12 and up), so we’re looking into making space in a church with all kinds of conservation orders on it, when I thought perhaps a bus could partly serve as a new “classroom” for us, and b) we could reach the children in our un-reached areas of our little town with bus ministry. I’ll let you know how we get on: radical ideas outside the box don’t usually get a look-in, though!

  16. Tammy says

    Im just a little curious how there can be negatives to a bus program? Busses go out each week and pick up children who would otherwise never hear about God’s Plan of Salvation. Children who come from rough homes find a place to be loved and a place of sanctuary from the outside world. I have only been running a bus for a short time but within those 4 years I have seen 6 parents saved and now coming to church on their own. (Might I mention with their children) My Pastor was a bus kid. He then surrended to the call of God and now Pastors a growing, thriving church. If the bus has negatives then our church would not be growing to the ministry it is today. (500+ in attendance, a growing Bible College, and a Christian School) Yes children can get be disruptive but thats why we need to teach them how to act properly in a church environment. Yes children move I have had riders on my bus for 2 weeks and then vanish. But what if they learned something in those 2 Sundays that will stick with them later in life. Yes they might not have gotten saved, but when they are up agiasnt a wall and troubles are coming their way they will remember what they learned in church and hopefully find a good church.

    • Tiffany says

      SO SO TRUE!!!!I COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS!!!!!! Pros and cons of telling a child about JESUS!!!! The difference between going to Heaven OR Hell! As a child I was a bus kid they picked me up for ten years on the bus! now that I’m 18 i have the GREATEST HONOR of helping a bus route.They showed me how to get to heaven and how to love God! They NEVER put down my parents and they visit every Weekend to talk to me and my parents and they got to witness to them as well. All it takes is true patience and you can take a “disruptive” kid like I was and help them to grow. I agree!!!

    • Betty McComas says

      If we are a servant of God He tells us to sow seeds. He also tells us in his word that “The fields are white and ready for harvest, BUT the laborers are few. Yes you are knowledgable on the time spent with a child. Something they enjoy they will remember, and with the love of God shown to a child God gives them good seed and your good seed will be harvested in them thru all eternity. I pray God that you will keep your hand on this sower of your seeds that she wins many to the Kingdom of God the eternity to come. God Bless you and your church.

  17. Terry says

    Thanks for these positive comments! My wife and I just started visiting and getting ready to start a bus ministry at our church. God is with me on this mission! Please pray for me!

  18. James McDonald says

    I have just started a research project into bus ministry and I’m trying to answer the question “Does bus ministry to children bring families back into the Church”.
    Does any one know of any research that has been done on this subject?

  19. david wyatt says

    I have been picking up kids and adults for about 5 years. There is a girl in a Christian college today, that use to ride the my van. I am at a different Church now, and have the opportunity to be the bus captain, getting new kids to come. I really want to bring kids to Church, part of that comes from being a bus kid myself.
    What are some promotions that i can do, and what are some ways i can get kids interested in coming?
    Thank you and may God bless your efforts, David Wyatt

  20. Robert White says

    Here is something to consider. I don’t think any of us like to use labels, but how many of us use the term bus kids? A bus kid is very much a label and we had a lot of problems with our kids that attend with their parents no accepting the “bus kids.” I might be a little biased because I was a “bus kid.” Also immediately as we stopped calling them “bus kids” and simply stated they were kids that road the bus, the attitude of our volunteers and kids changed. I oversee our bus ministry and I love the excitement that these kids bring to our church. Over half of the kids in our children church ride the bus to get there. They are not there because their parents made them go, they are there because they want to be there. That is exciting to me and excitement is contagious.

    • Betty McComas says

      I like your comment. I agree a choice of words can bring a label to people not only children but to all ages. we can say things without thinking,not meaning to offend anyone. But I like your comment about the kids that road the bus. That sounds much more respectable. God has been dealing with me since the beginning of the year about God’s wisdom and Knowledge and I must commend you on your wisdom of this situation and this is exciting to me also and you are definately right . Everything about God is contagious to me when it comes to HIS wisdom and Knowledge. God bless you and keep up the good work.

  21. Bob Morrissey says

    You all are invited to a Hall of Fame bus ministry Sunday on August 15,2010
    Lewis Ave. Baptist Church, 6320 Lewis Ave.,Temperance,Mi.48182
    Time 6:30 pm
    This is the first and only Hall Fame for bus ministries across the USA

  22. Sheila says

    My husband and I run the bus ministry in a very little town of 20,000. When we started we had 10 kids coming a year later we have grown to an average of 35. Being a bus worker is such a blessing. At my church we also have trouble getting other members involved in the bus ministry. We even have an excellent visitation program, but never receive any prospects from the visitation program, It is very frustrating. But like I stated earlier It is such a wonderful blessing to be able to bring in God’s children into church. We need to remember “suffer not the little children to come unto me”.

  23. Mike Barnett says

    Training workers is a necessity.Read 2 Timothy 2:2.Ask the most experienced workers to ride the bus and visit with the newer workers.There is a real need for the bus ministry to get passed on to the next generation.The older workers need to look at it as a legacy that must be passed on.This is one of the main reasons bus ministries die or become ineffective.God Bless

  24. says

    I’ve never done a bus ministry, but I have done attractional ministry for years. But that is changing for me. One of the things I am doing is going to the parents and their families where they live and doing life with them. Sure, we will continue to do occasional events on campus and have children’s ministries, including bringing kids from the neighborhood to our church on Sundays. But unless parents get to know us as real people, they aren’t going to have much motivation to check out our church, despite any interest their children might have. I seem to remember Jesus telling his disciples to go and make disciples. Evangelical churches largely try to get people to come to them. Where I live, it just doesn’t work anymore. So, I am learning to go to them. It’s really quite liberating. Just a thought.

  25. Anthony Anglero says

    fair. I started a Bus Ministry 4 years ago. With God’s help, our average this year is @ 44. (in a city of 5,000) Our staff is crazy! Our kids are crazy! We are radical about what we do. we run tons of good promotions, We have even done a float in the parade in our city the past 2 years. I think the whole key is to just stay excited. I have had to turn some help away because we have more than enough. another key is to always stay positive. No matter what. I’m interested in learning more about how everyone runs their Bus Ministries. -God bless

  26. sarah says

    I really agree with the pros and cons of the bus ministry. This is what is going on with my route. It’s somewhat hard to reach the parents. And we don’t know what kind of discipline they are getting at home, so it’s also difficult to control some of them. But the best thing we can do is pray. Another thing that is lacking in our buses is teenagers. I think we focus the games and prizes on the kids more, and teens aren’t into that. So they think church is boring. They don’t sit up and pay attention, and that can lead to more problems. That has been an issue on our routes lately. I think if we had a balance of the Bible, not just in the classes, but on the bus as well, and teach the kids that the are there for God and the Bible, not for the candy. And to make sure they’re saved. Beacause if we spend all this time trying to reach them, and they die and go to hell, our labor was in vain. So, that is our main goal in the bus ministry, and any children’s ministry for that matter. It may be struggles and stress along the way, but it will be worth it all.

  27. says

    I came to this article through a discussion on the bus ministry from a message board I frequent. This article intrigued me, because I was a bus kid. I know I was a handful. I was being raised by my dad at the time, because our mother left. Dad used the bus ministry as a free babysitter I’m sure. But if it hadn’t been for the bus I would have never heard about or come to accept Christ. Eventually my dad did join us at church and accepted Christ also. Though I left church after I moved out of the house those seeds were planted and they would pick at my conscious. I eventually came back to God and I’m now actively involved in my church. My husband and I are raising our kids in church and for the Lord. My brothers and sister came to Christ through the bus ministry also. I just want to encourage the bus workers. You are planting seeds that will stay with those children forever. You may not see the results yourself but you are touching more lives than you know. I know it feels like your throwing rocks into a pond and there just sinking to the bottom. But they are sending ripples in the water that just keep going beyond what you can see. God sees it though. Yes bus kids can be a rough bunch but I’m so grateful that some one took the time to run one, so I could know about Jesus.

    • melissa says

      You will never know how much your post was needed today. (almost exactly 1 year later) amazing isn’t it? My church has a bus ministry that I am involved in. Wed. night was probably one of the worst nights ever. We have been picking kids up for about 3 years. After Wed. I was just about ready to say forget it. How can we teach these kids anything when we can’t even keep them under some sort of control? I was encouraged by your testimony…please pray for all the bus workers and teachers. I know that the devil does not like us showing the children a better way of life. God Bless you!

  28. Dannii says

    With reference to the first negative in your list – how to reach the parents. We have found that the only real successful way to bring these parents in is to involve the children in the sunday service at Christmas, Easter and other special events. Eg. Kids singing a song, doing a poem or reading, receiving an attendance prize – whatever. Parents, grandparents, aunties & uncles will go to church to see their kids on stage. Sneaky – but it works!!!!

  29. Matt Beckner says

    While there are pro’s and con’s what I have found interesting is that these are some of our most faithful kids. Many of the children we pickup aren’t really involved in anything outside of school and this provides them with a positive influence. Management is tough but I think it is worth it to sow some seeds.

  30. Stanley says

    With all the pro’s and con’s that are present, this one thing I would like to say, it is worth the cost. Matt. 22:9, Luke14:23. Plainly tells us to go and bring them in. Always remember that the rewards are out of this world. Jesus loves the little children.

  31. Kate Turner says

    Could anyone help me know what a bus program is and how to go about setting up a nine week bus program with weekly promotions? Must do this for Bible College project and am up against a wall. Thanks

    • says

      Kate I may be able to help you. I transport 200-300 riders a week to different churches. From pickel eating contest with whipcream on top…to basketball on the bus…Icecream…trips fishing…roller skating…bring a guest for a dollar/ more guest two dollars. Mr Ronnie.

  32. says

    Elizabeth – One of the hardest things in Children’s ministry is “maintaining” an existing program. It seems like things must always be moving forward with a new vision.

    Here are some quick thoughts:
    1. Pray for God’s support.
    2. Share stories with the church that talk about the value of the ministry.
    3. Find a bus ministry “evangelist” who will constantly remind the church how important and awesome a chance to reach some of these kids.

  33. Elizabeth Wilkins says

    I would say that this is a fairly good list of pros and cons. I am a driver for my church’s bus program. With our program a huge pro is that it allows the children to see that the hopeless situations that are going on in their home life don’t have to dictate their future, and that they can make a change in their life, and it shows them that people really do care about them.
    A con though at my church is that it has been around so long that the church has stopped getting involved. We are down to a handful of workers. Any ideas on how to recruit new workers and create a passion in the church for the Bus program?

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