All Nations New Testament Church of God Fellowship Transportation Ministry serve to transport all people to the house of worship.
Our Transportation Ministry exists to ensure lack of transportation is never a reason to prevent church attendance. We provide reliable transportation each time there is an open fellowship opportunity with All Nations New Testament Church of God Fellowship. From the moment an individual enters the bus until they are taken home they are in a God-centered atmosphere. Finally, we will take advantage of every opportunity to engage with those that are transported.
The Transportation Ministry is a key factor in every ministry. The obvious contribution of the Transportation Ministry is that it can directly affect church attendance. However, this ministry has more to offer. Our Transportation Ministry has the opportunity to impact someone’s perception of an entire church. When someone is picked up for church, the first person he/she will encounter is our driver.
Our driver fosters an environment that displays the character of God and the ministry. This is a huge responsibility! Our driver makes the first impression. There is a famous cliché that says “The first impression is a lasting one”.
In addition to making the first impression, our Transportation Ministry also has the opportunity to have the last impression. Because the driver is the last person that one encounters from the church. The driver can use the ride home to talk about how the person enjoyed the service. This is usually a time where honest feedback is given. As a result, the Transportation Ministry can play a key role is building the church by relaying the feedback received. For this to effectively occur, the drivers must be aware and intentional as they are transporting individuals.
We are Willing to serve (Isaiah 6:8, NIV) “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'”
Our driver is not only willing to use his vehicle to transport people to and from church; he is willing to be a servant unto God. This type of servant’s heart is necessary to make the connection with those we transport.
We Display God’s character (Colossians 3:12, NIV) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Our driver is able to display God’s character and is intentional in clothing himself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Displaying God’s character is the result of an internal condition.
We Aim to please God (Galatians 1:10, NIV) “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people I would not be a servant of Christ.”
The aim of our driver is to please God even is transporting others. Our driver is a person who does not drive out of obligation, but rather a heart that only desires to be a servant of Christ.
Keys to a Successful Transportation Ministry
1. Know Your Area
To ensure the efficiency of our ministry, there must be a working map of the area that details your driver locations. This ensures that drivers or vehicles aren’t being overworked.
2. Encourage those within the ministry.
In order to produce growth within our ministry, our leaders encourage those he/she leads. (Ephesians 5:11, NIV- “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”)
1.One way we encourage those within the Transportation Ministry is by selecting a “Driver of the Quarter”. This driver has worked diligently in the Transportation Ministry and has strived to be an example of the “Effective Driver”. This person receives public recognition, such as being announced to the congregation, and also receives a gift from the leader to show appreciation for their diligence.
2.Communicate with our drivers.
The leaders of our Transportation Ministry must be aware of what’s going on in the ministry. They communicate with the drivers about what happens at pick up, during the ride, and when individuals are taken home. This allows for the continual growth and efficiency of the ministry.
There is also communication regarding the observations of the drivers. All drivers are able to communicate areas of improvement, problem areas and solutions or suggestions about how to help the ministry accomplish its vision.