For over 50 years LDBC has provided Sunday transportation for hundreds of people. Each Sunday, 14 buses transport an average of 500 riders to and from Sunday School. Anyone age 4 and older may attend. Over 1 million riders have ridden the bus to Lavon Drive with thousands trusting Christ. Many former bus kids are now serving as adults in the ministry of LDBC as well as churches around the world. The Bus Ministry is directed by Royce Taylor.
The purpose of the Bus Ministry is found in Luke 14:23 and Acts 1:8. Our desire is to reach out into the community, our Jerusalem and invite children, teens and adults to experience first hand all that Christ has to offer them. A dedicated group of over 30 workers visit routes and drive buses each Sunday with one overriding purpose: to reach people for Christ.
Facilities and Fleet
The Bus Ministry operates out of the Leetch Bus Center located at 615 East Walnut Street. Named in honor of Assistant Pastor Dick Leetch, the founder and longtime leader of the bus ministry, this facility provides ample parking for all 30 buses belonging to the church. With over 10,000 square feet of floor space, there are several bays for vehicle maintenance as well as a suite of 5 offices for the bus ministry support staff. Two separate parts storage rooms allow the church to keep on hand an abundant supply of replacement parts to keep the large fleet well maintained. All of the necessary tools, lifts and air compressors as well as bus power washing equipment and vinyl graphic sign machines allow almost all repair work to be done on site. A kitchenette and meeting area provide space for fellowship as the bus workers arrive on Sunday morning. Both the building and large fenced-in parking lot are equipped with alarms and video surveillance.
The bus fleet of LDBC is one of the largest, most modern church bus fleets in the country. All of the buses are D.O.T. inspected annually with regular vehicle maintenance scheduled as needed. LDBC and its related ministries travel over 175,000 miles annually on our buses. In 2011, the Lord answered prayer in providing a large donation in which the entire fleet of buses and maintenance vehicles were outfitted with 2-way radios. This has helped provide timely communication between all the buses and ministry leadership for every vehicle in the geographic areas served by our Bus Ministry. The bus maintenance staff not only service the buses but also provide the maintenance for all ministry vehicles. With nearly 50 ministry vehicles and trailers, as well as numerous other gas-powered equipment and tools, the Bus Center staff have a very full schedule of maintenance.
Bus service is provided in all of Garland, Sachse and Wylie as well as parts of Richardson and Northeast Dallas. For neighborhood routes, we offer to-your-door service. For those living in apartment complexes, we generally have a central pick up point. Some complexes have a Block Captain, generally a volunteer parent, that provide adult supervision until the bus arrives. Pick up times vary, but in general most routes pick up children between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Drop-off times are generally between 12:40 and 2:45 p.m. Anyone age 4 and older may ride without a parent. For those under age 4, a parent must ride with the child to church and attend the services. To schedule a free ride to church, contact the Bus Center directly at 972-276-3939 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bus Ministry provides church services for all in attendance age 4 and older. With special classes for everyone, there a sure to be a class for every child. Mom and Dad are welcome to attend as we have dozens of parents that attend every Sunday. Parents are encouraged to attend the morning church service located in the Worship Center. For your convenience, children 2nd grade and younger are brought to the bus by the classroom teachers and/or bus captains. Riders 3rd grade and older are allowed to go to the bus by themselves but remain under adult supervision. For everyone’s safety, all riders under the age of 18 have their bus number written on their hand and are required to attend their age specific service. Children under 18 may only attend services in the Worship Center if sitting with a parent.
Throughout the year, there are many different special events including: