July is National Ice Cream Month. How can you use ice cream in your ministry?
Momentum Christian Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, owns an ice cream truck that it uses for all types of ministry. David Powers, who oversees “Out There” ministries and community partnerships, said the truck is a way to build trust and serve in the community, but it also provides the people of Momentum a low-commitment, easy way to serve together. When Momentum launched, lead minister Bart Stone bought the 1988 postal truck off eBay, and the church converted it to serve ice cream. Church leaders decided to spend money for the truck rather than traditional advertising.
Momentum has used the truck for a wide variety of ministry purposes. The church has built relationships with the parks and recreation department in Stockbridge, and takes the truck to events like summertime movies in the park and Easter egg hunts. The truck also goes to daycare centers, preschools, and other venues for free ice cream giveaways. And church members use the truck for birthday parties and at other churches’ events and activities.
The big question many people ask is, “Why are you doing this? What’s the catch?” The simple answer is, everybody loves ice cream!
A Few More Ice Cream Ideas for Your Ministry
• Give away ice cream treats at a local park.
• Rent an ice cream truck and have it show up on Sunday after services.
• Host an ice cream tasting party.
• Plan a homemade ice cream festival or an old-fashioned ice cream social.
• Schedule a banana split or milkshake night.