Parkway Southern Baptist in New Albany, Indiana, relies on church transportation to shuttle people to and from church, bring kids to Wednesday night programs, and travel for mission trips. When the church decided to replace its 15-passenger van, Pastor Henry Ford sought guidance from other churches. He learned about the construction of different buses, issues with specific parts, and other details that guided his church's search.
In a similar spirit to Ford's search, here are three tips to help your church before it buys a new bus:
1) Your transportation needs are unique
Many elderly people use ministry transportation at Parkway Southern Baptist, and getting in and out of the van was a struggle for them.
"You have to be a contortionist to get in and out of a 15-passenger van," Ford says. "We've actually had people fall getting out of the van. They've tripped on a seatbelt or something else and literally fallen to the ground."