If you’re a truck driver or even if you spend a lot of time on the road traveling for work, attending a church service regularly can be difficult. With long, unpredictable hours and little sleep, finding time to go to church isn’t always easy.
How can you still practice your faith while putting in long hours on the road?
These 4 tips can help you find ways to attend church even while you’re away from home for extended periods of time.
1. Truck Stop Ministries
Portable churches, or truck stop ministries, provide a friendly and convenient way for truckers to attend a church service without going too far out of the way. While all truckers have to keep fleet tracking concerns and EOBR citations in mind, attending a truck stop service won’t put truckers too far off of their paths. You can visit this site to find a truck stop ministry near your route or run a Google search for portable churches near your current location. Your fleet tracking GPS device can also help you find the location of the portable church you’d like to attend.
2. Church Podcasts or Web Streaming
Many churches, maybe even your home church, do a weekly downloadable podcast sermon or an online streaming sermon. These podcasts and streaming sermons are typically available at any time all week long, so you can still hear a sermon even if you don’t have time to stop on Sunday morning. Podcasts are an especially convenient church alternative because you can listen to them while you drive and not have to worry about having fast Internet or watching a video while you’re on the road.
3. Find Alternative Times to Attend Church
Though you might be used to going to church on Sunday mornings, you can attend church other days of the week as well. If you’re home on the weekdays, you can attend a Wednesday night Bible study. Some churches also offer sermons on Saturday afternoons, evenings and Sunday afternoons as well. Search for churches that offer services at flexible hours, even if it means attending a church you don’t regularly go to. Churches are friendly, welcoming and open to new visitors, so don’t be afraid to drop in on a new service.
4. Go to Church on Your iPhone
Luckily, in the age of the smartphone, attending church is as easy as taking out your iPhone. Some churches, like Gateway Church, are set up with apps that allow you to get the entire church service experience right on your phone. The Gateway Church App lets you read the bulletin, check the calendar for new events, give money, listen to the sermon, connect with other members, stream video and more. Going to church on your phone is perfect for nights spent in hotels or in your truck.
Though missing out on your home church service is hard, being able to attend church while you’re on the road makes it a little easier to bridge the gap until your home worshipping with your own church family. These 4 tips can help you practice your faith even while you spend days or weeks at a time on the road. Remember to stay connected to your family and home church while you’re away, ask for their prayers for safe travel and let them know when you’ll be back home.
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