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Pastor Juvenal Gonzalez on the mobile church bus
Pastor Juvenal Gonzalez on the mobile church bus

Church on a bus, what a concept! Have you ever worshipped on a bus?
Yesterday I was in Tijuana learning about some new friends ministry, and they told me how they hold church services on a bus. This is a creative way to plant new churches.
When the church is just starting, and doesn’t have enough people and funding to build a church they hold service on a bus. I guess, it’s church on the go, although the bus is parked when they are worshipping.
Pastor Juvenal Gonzalez and missionary Jim Shankula showed me one of the buses they use to reach people for Christ in new communities. They also use tarps for a tent like covering, which works better when the weather is good.
What do you think about having church on a bus? It is a creative way to reach people when resources are limited.
Paul speaks of becoming all things to all people to reach them.

“…I have become all things to all people, that I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22,23, ESV)

The seats on the bus are cushioned!
Cushioned seats! One advantage to church on a bus

God’s heart as Paul expresses it here is to “think outside the box” in sharing the good news of the gospel. I and those that minister with me share this desire. I know there are limits on how far we should go with this.
I’m curious to know what you think about the practical implications of becoming all things to all people, to save some? How do we live that out?
We continue to pray for the kingdom of God to be expanded on both sides of the border.
What are some of the creative ways you’ve seen or experienced in worship? Or, Maybe you have a creative idea that we should consider in reaching people for Christ on the border. I’d love to hear it!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By Mannyr
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome! What a creative way to reach people. This idea takes in a lot of swell points. Weather won’t slow down the outreach (inside with heaters or air conditioning) a secluded way to be able to speak about our Lord without distractions, etc.
    Also one does not need a permit from city officials like here in Phoenix. Food can also be given out while bible studies are being taught as well as praise and worship on the run. :–)

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      I think that sometimes they open the back of the bus and they do help people who are in need. They also will use two buses when they need to. One for adults and one for the children.

  • By Pieter Stok
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Love it!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      It’s always good to learn of different ways people are getting the word out

  • By Naphtali
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    What a great idea. And…I am writing a post right now about how we sit in church pews but most of the time we learn about Jesus elsewhere. going to link this to mine! great work you guys are doing!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you – I always enjoy your insightful posts with your touch of humor. Good stuff!

  • By Kendall Lyons
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    One of the coolest ways I’ve seen church set up EVER. Very unique and very genuine! May the Lord bless that ministry and more other creative ways to teach and share Christ.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you – I just learned about it myself. I pray the Lord blesses all the different ways we can get the good news out.

  • By Debbie
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 1:56 am

    I thought this was amazing and so like Him! 🙂 Thank you for sharing it with us and stirring us to ask Him in what ways we might each be creative about reaching others and worshiping Him! God bless you!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted November 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

      I hope I continue to find unique and creative ways to hold worship. Let me know if you hear of any.

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  • By Allan Hiller
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

    What does it take for the culture to accept a church on a bus? or even small group/house churches? Some cultures do not recognize this and this might undermine the church’s outreach.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted December 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      That is true. I’m sure that church on a bus isn’t for everyone, and definitely wouldn’t work in some cultures. These church starts hope to some day have a building to call their own, but in the meantime their church is on a bus.

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