Ministry Spotlight: Faithful Parking connects churches — and their available parking — with the RV community

Faithful Parking provides a solution for connecting millions of families and retirees traveling by RV with available church parking in exchange for a modest contribution. More than half of money collected is passed along to the church or qualifying charity of their choice. The program also opens the door for ministry.

Currently, a family on a multi-day journey must choose between the expense of a traditional campground or parking at a random retail parking lot. Travelers desire the “in & out” convenience of a rest area but want the peace and safety of a campground.

Since most church parking lots sit vacant at night most days of the week, it’s no wonder that many churches are receptive to this arrangement. For the RV’er, the Faithful Parking solution hits a financial “sweet spot” with a rate less than half the cost of typical campground campsite, and with the potential to deduct a large portion at tax time. RV’ers arrive in the evening and depart early the next morning.

It’s not just about the money

For many churches, it is about the connection to a larger community and the ability to minister in small ways. There are more than 1 million people traveling by RV “fulltime” and many millions more that are traveling seasonally or on vacation with their family. Many have been away from church for a decade or more. This is a chance to connect with a kind word, a cup of coffee, or a good experience. It is an opportunity for the youth ministry to connect with traveling kids.

Faithful Parking brings tools together to connect the church to this nomadic community and promote their mission. Click here to learn more about how the program works and to sign up to receive more information.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 

—Hebrews 13:1-2 (KJV)

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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