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4 Things to Be Doing Before Your Next Mission Trip

  By Zac Condie Preparing your group for a mission trip requires significant planning and attention to detail. From fundraising to airfare to packing lists, there are a lot of boxes that must be checked off before you can mobilize your team to serve in a different context. It’s easy to get so caught up

Thoughts on Buying a Bus for Your Church

  By Kevin Swan The process of securing and buying transportation for your churches takes some basic steps of common sense. Dealership Purchase This would be the normal process and path to follow. However, bus dealerships are spread out throughout the country and most times many miles away from your church or regional location. Not

How Far Will Your Bus Warranty Take You?

First, some good news: Near the end of 2018, Starcraft Bus and Glaval Bus, two of the largest shuttle bus manufacturers in the country, increased their standard bus manufacturers’ warranty coverage from 3 years/36,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles. What that means is that if the air conditioner goes out in year four or five,

9 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Retreat Venue

By Kayla Crawford There are so many components that go into planning an event. One of the most important is where to host it. There are a multitude of venues all over the country that are perfect for overnight retreats. However, choosing one is not easy. Nothing sours an event quicker than hearing “I wanna

5 Ways a Youth Mission Trip Can Change Your Ministry

We love youth ministry…it’s why we lead mission trips for teens each summer.  We know youth workers face so many obstacles when it comes to discipling their students well, from budgets, to lack of volunteers, to the high expectations placed on students to perform. While we can’t solve all these problems, we know that spending

The Ultimate Christian Retreat Planning Checklist

Retreats are great resources for any church group or ministry organization. They can be used to provide training and education, to cultivate and strengthen relationships, and to give an outlet for recreation and fellowship. As valuable as a retreat can be, it requires a lot of advanced planning and preparation. The following checklist has been

10 Tips for Buying a Refurbished Bus

  This article first appeared in the January 2010 issue. This article is courtesy of The Bus Company, Considering buying a refurbished bus for your church’s transportation needs? Here are 10 considerations to factor into your selection process. Tip #1  Number of Passengers One of the most important elements to consider when purchasing your

How Church Groups Can Best Use Charter Bus Rentals

Charter bus rentals are one of the best ways for church groups to travel. A motor coach or mini bus can help your whole group arrive on time and at the same time to a variety of church events and functions. For many churches, group gatherings and travel are a vital part of their ministries

Raising Money to Buy New Transportation

By Dick Raddatz So, you want a new church bus but don’t have the money to pay for it? No problem! Raising thousands of dollars is never easy, but it can be done efficiently if you follow four steps to success. 1. Organize, Organize, Organize! An active and motivated fundraising committee is critical to your

What to Look for in a Bus Dealership

By Alison Wahl There are quite a few bus dealerships around the country, each seemingly with specific advantages. Unfortunately, most dealerships are several hundreds of miles apart and can be difficult to compare. How can you know which one is the best fit for your church? Exploring the following points can help you and your

Buyer’s Guide