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The Investment of the Bus Ministry

When I think of the bus ministry I think of the Great Commission. Every Sunday at WBC, 13 buses and vans  go out into the highways and edges bringing boys and girls to Sunday School. Running a bus ministry and  being effective at it requires dedication, time and the power of God! We have been blessed over the years  to have many men and women who are committed to the bus ministry and are willing to work and pay the  price reach the lost for Christ.   Sadly, we are living in a time when individuals and even churches want immediate “returns” on our  investment and are seeking what we perceive as instant gratification. But I am reminded of Galatians 6:9,  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  The bus ministry is an investment. It is an investment of time, money and resources. To develop a successful route requires time in prayer,  time in preparation and time in visitation.   If you are struggling in the bus ministry or with your bus route, before you scramble to find that next promotion, invest some time in seeking  God’s power. You can’t have a successful route or ministry without the touch of God. Ask God to help you see your route as He sees it. May I  challenge you to walk or drive your route and pray for God’s power on your ministry. We need some bus directors, bus captains and bus  workers who will wrestle with God until His power falls on their route. We look back to yester-year and say those were the “good ole years.” I  happen to believe our greatest days are ahead of us! As the statement as often been made, “Little prayer, little power, much power.” How  much time have you invested in your prayer closet for your bus route or ministry?  After prayer, preparation is vital! You must be organized and prepared a plan to reach and disciple your riders! The bus program on the way  to and from church is not a time to rest but rather a time to disciple and mentor. I remember many Sundays with my bus captain and his wife  as they got involved in our lives. Are you prepared for your bus ministry or route? Do you have a vision for what God can do? I believe we  must have a excited program on the bus, a powerful message and do all things “decently and in order!”  Nothing replaces visitation! Your route or ministry will not grow unless you invest time reaching out and knocking on doors. I learned a long  time ago, the work of God is WORK! And nothing replaces good old fashion work!   When it comes to the bus ministry there are three principles to consider when making the investment in this ministry.   First we must consider the reality...the reality is that we are living in a generation of the spiritually illiterate. I have heard studies that show  that four percent of young people have EVER been to a gospel preaching church of any type in America. We wonder why society continues to  spiral into godlessness. Plainly stated, we have failed our mandate to fulfill the Great Commission. We have failed to disciple our converts. We  have failed to pass the baton of faith to the next generation! It’s time that every church in America recommit themselves to the Great  Commission. One way to do this is the bus ministry. The Bus Ministry is a wonderful way to reach families, teenagers and children. A vibrant  bus route can often reach as many people as the average church. The question I must ask pastors and churches is not why should you have a  bus ministry but WHY NOT?   Consider the results of the bus ministry. When you invest in the bus ministry it is an investment worth making. We have reached many  families over the last 30+ years in the bus ministry. Through our bus ministry we have seen marriages restored, young men called into the  ministry and thousands saved. Every week we see visitors come to church for the first time and because of this they hear and respond to the  gospel message. In order to see this return, we must invest in the cause of discipleship. Bus kids need your time. They need to be taught  what the Scripture says. They should be challenged to study the Word of God for themselves. The Scripture says “Study to shew thyself  approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Understand that many of them are in a  public school setting where they are taught lessons and principles contrary to Scripture. You have them in church for a few hours a week  while they are in school being taught evolution and unbiblical teachings the majority of their waking hours. In order to see results in the bus  ministry you need to treat the bus ministry as a life commitment NOT a Sunday only passing fad. For many years my wife taught our junior  girls class. She averaged 70-90 junior girls every week for nearly 20 years. She was successful at it because it was her ministry every day of  the week not just on Sunday! Because of this investment the class she once taught is now being taught by girls who were in her class.  Sometimes you may get weary in the bus ministry. Just keep pressing on! Exactly 26 years after I started riding the bus I became the pastor.  Years of faithfulness of my bus captain resulted in the next pastor of our church. Next month the Pape family leaves for the Dominican  Republic to begin ministry there. We are excited and honored to be their sending church. Cynthia was saved because of the bus ministry. For  many years our buses and vans picked up a young Indian boy names Shank. Shank is now our bus director. Just yesterday a young man  saved in our bus ministry drove a bus for the first time after getting his CDL. I can go on and on about the results of the bus ministry. Let me  simply say, if one person were saved it would all be worth it but the facts are thousands have been saved. We have had 765,000 people ride  our vans and buses to church. Scores of families have been touched by the bus ministry of WBC. The work is our responsibility and the  results are GOD’s! AND HE ALWAYS DELIVERS!  Lastly I think of the rewards of the bus ministry. I believe Jesus is coming soon! One day we will stand before the Lord and we shall be  rewarded for our work and labor of love! May I remind you that Jesus sees all that you are doing. You may not see an immediate results from  your work in the bus ministry but God sees the impact you are making. One day, through your faithful and consistent service, you will hear  those words from our precious Saviour. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I believe we will all be able to say the words of the  famous song as it relates to the bus ministry...it will be worth it all when we see Jesus!   The Bus ministry! IT STILL CAN BE DONE!! Make the investment!   Pastor William Tyson Woodlawn Baptist Church Bowie, Maryland www.wbcbowie.org 301-792-2284
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Testimonies

The Investment of the Bus 

Ministry

When I think of the bus ministry I think  of the Great Commission. Every Sunday  at WBC, 13 buses and vans go out into  the highways and edges bringing boys and girls to Sunday School.  Running a bus ministry and being effective at it requires dedication,  time and the power of God! We have been blessed over the years to  have many men and women who are committed to the bus ministry  and are willing to work and pay the price reach the lost for Christ.   Sadly, we are living in a time when individuals and even churches  want immediate “returns” on our investment and are seeking what  we perceive as instant gratification. But I am reminded of Galatians  6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall  reap, if we faint not.”  The bus ministry is an investment. It is an investment of time,  money and resources. To develop a successful route requires time in  prayer, time in preparation and time in visitation.   If you are struggling in the bus ministry or with your bus route,  before you scramble to find that next promotion, invest some time  in seeking God’s power. You can’t have a successful route or ministry  without the touch of God. Ask God to help you see your route as He  sees it. May I challenge you to walk or drive your route and pray for  God’s power on your ministry. We need some bus directors, bus  captains and bus workers who will wrestle with God until His power  falls on their route. We look back to yester-year and say those were  the “good ole years.” I happen to believe our greatest days are  ahead of us! As the statement as often been made, “Little prayer,  little power, much power.” How much time have you invested in  your prayer closet for your bus route or ministry?  After prayer, preparation is vital! You must be organized and  prepared a plan to reach and disciple your riders! The bus program  on the way to and from church is not a time to rest but rather a time  to disciple and mentor. I remember many Sundays with my bus  captain and his wife as they got involved in our lives. Are you  prepared for your bus ministry or route? Do you have a vision for  what God can do? I believe we must have a excited program on the  bus, a powerful message and do all things “decently and in order!”  Nothing replaces visitation! Your route or ministry will not grow  unless you invest time reaching out and knocking on doors. I  learned a long time ago, the work of God is WORK! And nothing  replaces good old fashion work!   When it comes to the bus ministry there are three principles to  consider when making the investment in this ministry.   First we must consider the reality...the reality is that we are living in a  generation of the spiritually illiterate. I have heard studies that show  that four percent of young people have EVER been to a gospel  preaching church of any type in America. We wonder why society  continues to spiral into godlessness. Plainly stated, we have failed  our mandate to fulfill the Great Commission. We have failed to  disciple our converts. We have failed to pass the baton of faith to  the next generation! It’s time that every church in America recommit  themselves to the Great Commission. One way to do this is the bus  ministry. The Bus Ministry is a wonderful way to reach families,  teenagers and children. A vibrant bus route can often reach as many  people as the average church. The question I must ask pastors and  churches is not why should you have a bus ministry but WHY NOT?   Consider the results of the bus ministry. When you invest in the bus  ministry it is an investment worth making. We have reached many  families over the last 30+ years in the bus ministry. Through our bus  ministry we have seen marriages restored, young men called into  the ministry and thousands saved. Every week we see visitors come  to church for the first time and because of this they hear and  respond to the gospel message. In order to see this return, we must  invest in the cause of discipleship. Bus kids need your time. They  need to be taught what the Scripture says. They should be  challenged to study the Word of God for themselves. The Scripture  says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that  needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Understand that many of them are in a public school setting where  they are taught lessons and principles contrary to Scripture. You  have them in church for a few hours a week while they are in school  being taught evolution and unbiblical teachings the majority of their  waking hours. In order to see results in the bus ministry you need to  treat the bus ministry as a life commitment NOT a Sunday only  passing fad. For many years my wife taught our junior girls class.  She averaged 70-90 junior girls every week for nearly 20 years. She  was successful at it because it was her ministry every day of the  week not just on Sunday! Because of this investment the class she  once taught is now being taught by girls who were in her class.  Sometimes you may get weary in the bus ministry. Just keep  pressing on! Exactly 26 years after I started riding the bus I became  the pastor. Years of faithfulness of my bus captain resulted in the  next pastor of our church. Next month the Pape family leaves for  the Dominican Republic to begin ministry there. We are excited and  honored to be their sending church. Cynthia was saved because of  the bus ministry. For many years our buses and vans picked up a  young Indian boy names Shank. Shank is now our bus director. Just  yesterday a young man saved in our bus ministry drove a bus for  the first time after getting his CDL. I can go on and on about the  results of the bus ministry. Let me simply say, if one person were  saved it would all be worth it but the facts are thousands have been  saved. We have had 765,000 people ride our vans and buses to  church. Scores of families have been touched by the bus ministry of  WBC. The work is our responsibility and the results are GOD’s! AND  HE ALWAYS DELIVERS! Lastly I think of the rewards of the bus ministry. I believe Jesus is  coming soon! One day we will stand before the Lord and we shall be  rewarded for our work and labor of love! May I remind you that  Jesus sees all that you are doing. You may not see an immediate  results from your work in the bus ministry but God sees the impact  you are making. One day, through your faithful and consistent  service, you will hear those words from our precious Saviour. “Well  done, thou good and faithful servant.” I believe we will all be able to  say the words of the famous song as it relates to the bus ministry...it  will be worth it all when we see Jesus!   The Bus ministry! IT STILL CAN BE DONE!! Make the investment!   Pastor William Tyson Woodlawn Baptist Church Bowie, Maryland www.wbcbowie.org 301-792-2284
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