Most business travelers depart on Sundays. What can your church outreach do to minister to them while they’re away? How many people go to your church? Chances are you’re pretty informed on the subject. Perhaps you don’t know the exact number, but at a moment’s notice you’re likely prepared to share a rather accurate estimation. One reason for your confidence on this matter likely stems from the the reality that you’ve been asked this question about a million times since entering ministry.
Church Outreach: Reaching The Business Traveler
To keep you on your toes (and to add a bit of diversity to your query pool), here is a new question for you…
“How many people that go to your church regularly travel out of town on business?”
Perhaps you’ve never been asked this question. With this in mind, business travelers are some of the most overlooked folks within our ministries. Many churches offer programming specifically for stay at home moms, singles, or men and women in nursing homes. Few churches, however, have devoted themselves to finding a thoughtful and relevant way of reaching the frequently flying business traveler in their midst.
Men and women who travel regularly face a dangerous combination of challenges due to the requirements of their job. Though many who have never lived such a lifestyle might view traveling for work in a romantic way, the reality is that those who work out of town often experience loneliness, sexual temptation, sales pressure, weight gain, homesickness, and fatigue. These folks need Jesus desperately and it would truly be a wonderful thing if your church outreach found a thoughtful way to serve them and push them closer to Jesus.
Here’s a potential first step for you: find out how many people within your congregation are business travelers. Once you get a list of names, perhaps consider reaching out to each of them individually to see if they know what dates they’ll be out of town for the remainder of the year. Many of them will actually have their specific travel plans mapped out on an annual basis.
Next, perhaps whip up a few email templates that you can use to reach out to travelers when the time comes for them to fly out throughout the year. These templates can contain a brief personal note, as well as a quick devotion or Scripture reference. If you can manage it, go beyond the email template and conclude your message with a thoughtful prayer for their trip to be productive.
Finally, one of the best ways for your ministry to reach out to those who are traveling on business is by sharing the link for the live stream of your Sunday morning service. Sadly, most business travelers have to head out of town on Sundays in order to have a strong start to their week out of town. Reminding them that they can tune in and participate in worship even when they’re alone in an airport or hotel room is a tremendous way of serving those who are away.
If your church hasn’t yet begun the endeavor of live streaming your service, Sharefaith is here to help. Click here to set up a custom consultation with Sharefaith’s streaming expert. We would love to come alongside your ministry and help you creatively reach as many folks as possible with your ministry. Even those who have to leave home for work from time to time.
Brett Bzdafka is a former Pastor and Bible Professor, Brett has a BA from the Moody Bible Institute and MDiv from Columbia International University. As Church Development Manager at BoxCast, a live video streaming company founded and led by believers, Brett enjoys connecting with church leaders and enabling them to spread their ministry beyond the walls of their church through technology.