“Apostolic churches across America are seeing a simple, but effective ministry spark new life into their churches and Sunday schools. It’s surprisingly easy to do. Often times it leaves saints scratching their heads and asking, “Who would have thought it was this easy?” and “Why didn’t we think of this before?” What is this exciting, yet effective ministry? Most are simply calling it ‘Car Ministry.’”
By Tim Massengale
What is Car Ministry?
Every Sunday, dozens of cars pull into our parking lots with saints coming to the House of God for worship. They bring themselves, their spouses and their children. A few bring friends and extended family members. But most cars arrive with several empty seats – seats that could be carrying souls in need of salvation.
Car ministry attempts to utilize these empty car seats for evangelism. If I’m driving to church anyway, why not take a few minutes to pick up someone that would like to attend church and who is also needs God? You only need two simple elements in order for Car Ministry to work: (1) Saints willing to someone up and bring an indivudual to church, and (2) individuals needing a ride that wish to go to church. All we have to do is find both of these elements and we are in business.
Car ministry is often launched by asking a simple question: “Who owns your car?” Start asking members within your congregation and you will get a variety of answers. One replies, ‘I do.’ Another says, ‘the bank does,’ or ‘my father’ or ‘the lease company.’ But with a little forethought, most would admit that, ultimately, GOD owns their car. It truly is HIS car. He owns all we have, for we belong to Him. God owns our families, our bank account, our houses, and yes, even the car we drive. We have surrendered everything to HIM.
“Well, since God owns your car — then God wants to use it for a few minutes each week. Will you let Him? If your answer is YES, then here’s what we will do: We will come into your neighborhood with a door knocking team. We will knock on doors all around your house, extending out for several blocks, and we will find someone that would come to church if they only had a ride. If you are willing to call them a half-hour early on Sunday morning to remind them that you will soon be by to get them, and then will pick someone up and bring them to the House of God, we will find them for you. So, are you willing to let God use His car?”
How Car Ministry Works
Car ministry starts by asking who would be willing to pick someone up and bring them to church on Sunday morning. We stress that we will find these people for them if they will just bring them. All we need are willing car owners. Once we have this list of willing individuals, we then ask who would volunteer to meet at the church once a month on a Saturday morning (plenty of free coffee and donuts) and go out door knocking for a few hours. We quickly train our door knockers and then hit the streets to find the hungry souls.
Training your door knockers is easy. All they do is memorize the following dialog: “Hi, my name is Mike and we are from New Life Tabernacle. We are launching a transportation ministry in this neighborhood to help people attend church that do not have a way to do so. Do you attend church anywhere on Sunday morning? [Let them answer]. Well, would you or anyone in your house be interested in attending a wonderful, friendly church on Sunday morning if we provided free transportation?”
They will answer. Or they may ask additional questions. Granted, most do say ‘no.’ Either they already attend church or they have no interest in doing so themselves. However, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that there are people all over your city that would like to attend a loving, friendly, exciting church if they only had a ride. I’m serious. They are out there! All you have to do is pray, and then knock on doors for a few hours and you will find them. The fields are truly white!