Six Steps for Building a Better Church Bus Ministry
By: Mimi Bullock
6 Steps for Building a Better Church Bus Ministry
1. Reset the Standard
Outreach ministries like this type can wear you down and cause you to lower you expectations. Raise the standard again. Expect God to do the miraculous and prepare for growth. Get out of any holding pattern you may have gotten in.
2. Do Weekday Work
Saturdays were designated for neighborhood outreaches. Small block parties, hot dog barbecues and games in the park are just some of the Saturday ideas we’ve used. By the time Sunday rolls around, kids are ready for ministry!
3. Have a Bus Service
Coordinate lessons with the children’s church. Work together to bring a single message home to kids. Use an object lesson, Bible stories and games to teach kids.
4. Prepare Teachers
Give teachers a chance to express their frustrations and ask questions. If possible, take your group to a bus ministry conference or buy the group DVDs from the pros. This can help when your group needs a mindset change. (And who doesn’t occasionally?)
5. Coordinate Themes and Contests
For example, have a Super Power Sunday. On the bus, talk about God’s superpowers in children’s church the teachers can add to the message. I’ve touched on this already, but it’s so important.
6. Keep the Church’s Heart Soft
I teach my kids to participate in a “hello march.” After we’ve made it to church, we deposit our things in kids’ church. We make an orderly march to the big church and, using our best manners, shake hands and say hello. It keeps the church’s heart soft to kids and teaches kids that they really belong.
Building a long-lasting, effective bus ministry takes time, but it also requires purposeful building. Use the steps I’ve suggested and listen to the promptings of the Spirit.
Each ministry is different with its own special needs. Allow God to reveal the needs in your community, and you’ll grow before you realize it.
Mimi Bullock writes for www.Ministry-To-Children.com, a resource started by Tony Kummer to solve children's ministry problems.