Bus Ministry Pros and Cons
By: Tony Kummer
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 Iíve been alive.
We all know that longevity is not the test of a ministryís value, so itís good to re-think the pros and cons every so often.
Positives of Church Bus Ministry
* Kids come to our programs that otherwise would not.
*Our church is visible in neighborhoods where we have no members.
* It keeps our people outreach minded.
* It doesnít 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.
* Bus discipline is a constant struggle.
* We reinforce poor parenting habits.
* The kids from the bus route are often our most disruptive.
* We see very few conversions.
* There are safety risks.
So, what about you? Does your church run a bus ministry? Are the pros and cons I listed here a fair assessment?
Tony Kummer is a children's pastor from Indiana and founder of www.Ministry-To-Children.com.