In a time where social gatherings and other restrictions are making religious worship difficult for some, mobile churches are more helpful than ever to local communities. Not only are they working to provide religious people a resource and connection, but they also bring hope and faith to the communities they serve. If you are considering starting a mobile church and are interested in ways you could make a difference in cities and towns, read on.
From providing free tools like baptismal candles, bibles, and personal items to companionship and message of hope, mobile churches are making a huge impact in communities in nearly all major cities. Whether housed in enclosed trailers or traveling by classic car, these trendy vehicles and innovative thinkers are delivering hope on wheels. As the pandemic rages on, mobile churches have become anchors to faith communities throughout the United States during a time of year where people are unsure of how to stay connected to their religious beliefs. Most offer door to door service for people hoping to get a sacrament like Holy Communion or even elderly church members at food or companionship risk.
What might have once appeared as an ordinary SUV or open trailer been converted into a place of worship on wheels. Regardless of the type of transport, innovative faith leaders are still finding ways to spread God’s word.
church leaders are traveling throughout their communities to offer any type of service their religious community needs, bringing a whole new meaning to the way people usually dream up an epic vacation. For these religious leaders, an epic vacation is bringing faith and religion to people in disparate areas. For some, the pastor or religious leader who drives through town once a week is the only person they may see but it’s making a difference.
With shutdown and quarantine regulations on and off, people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression than has been seen in modern times. And while church leaders likely still plan on one day taking that vacation, for now, they’re staying put to do what they can to bring hope to their community. This is because connection is key to not only mental wellness, but hope. And hope is more important than you might imagine.
Serving the Community
Churches aren’t stopping at visits, wellness checks, small prayer groups and resource deliveries. Many are branching out in other ways to serve the community. As others scramble for answers on the cheapest way to ship a car, these community-minded leaders are working with food pantries and libraries to get the hard work of taking care of a community done.
While mobile churches have been around for years and have been known to frequent truck stops and rest areas as impromptu places of worship, this trend has taken off in the last year as a result of the pandemic. Because the need is there, mobile churches are becoming more and more popular with those craving new connections with God during these trying times.
You could be part of spreading God’s word or setting up a mobile church too. You don’t have to be a pastor, priest, or even have a degree in divinity to join others in spreading messages of faith and hope. For a very low cost, you could convert your vehicle into a transport carrier of God’s word with very little work.
To do this, you’ll want to start with research. Look into Portable Church Industries for tips and ideas and to form a network. You’ll want the backing of a supportive community too. There, you can find resources on how to best help your community or even to work as a volunteer in an already established church group. Whether hoping to become a campus ministry on wheels or to hit the streets by foot preaching God’s word, there are really no wrong answers as there are no delivery dates on belief.