Does your small town church desire to do outreach and evangelism in your community, but you don’t have the budget to always rent things like bouncy houses, sno-cone and pop-corn machines, or other carnival-type games? Then going in with some other area churches on a block party trailer may be just the shot in the arm your evangelism ministry needs. Last night our local association, the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association, voted to use some funding available to us to buy and build a block party trailer.
Our Director of Missions (DOM) retired earlier in the year, and our new DOM doesn’t begin until January 2016. This means we have roughly $14,000 left in budgeted salary for the year that will go unused. I brought the proposal to the Executive Committee that we use those funds to better equip our churches for outreach and evangelism.
So what is a block party trailer?
It’s a ten foot enclosed trailer that comes will all the equipment your church needs to do a great outreach event geared towards families with children. The point of having such a trailer is to help local churches in their efforts to do evangelism and outreach. Check out everything that can fit into a block party trailer:
The idea is that churches can reserve the trailer throughout the year for a nominal fee (which helps with maintenance and upkeep). The estimated rental value of the contents of this trailer is $1200, but most organizations with such trailers only ask $200 to reserve the trailer.
For small town churches, this can be an INCREDIBLY GOOD DEAL, enabling rural congregations to do outreach in a way that was previously (for many) a financial impossibility.
Here is a full policy one association uses for their block party trailer:
How can your church partner with other churches to do outreach and evangelism more effectively? I, for one, think a block party trailer is a great idea, and look forward to working with folks in our association to get this idea off the ground. As we continue working on this project, watch for more updates!