Get The Right Bus To Meet Your Church’s Needs

When you think of your church’s upcoming trip, are you excited for the journey or filled with worry?

Transportation is an important part of your ministry, but if your vehicle doesn’t suit the specific needs of your congregation, getting from point A to B can be a hassle. It’s time to change that. From supporting youth ministry to helping seniors stay active, travel is a powerful catalyst for relationship-building and a means by which you maximize your impact.

Is a bus the right choice for your church?

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Long-Term Goals

The right bus can help you achieve those big goals your church has been talking and praying about. Consider not just where you’re going today, but where you want to be going in the next several years before making this long-term investment.

Here are a few things to consider before making your next church bus purchase:

Your Drivers

What are their CDL constraints? Large buses require a commercial driver’s license, which may be a barrier for some congregations. A 14-passenger bus is a great fit for many churches because any driver of your choosing with a standard license can be in the driver’s seat.

Your Passengers

Step one is determining capacity needs. Our most popular church bus has options for 14, 20, or 25 passengers. Step two is asking yourself what their needs are. Do you need wheelchair access, seatbelts, or other safety features dependent on the age and ability of your groups?

Baggage Needs

Overnight trips require rear or side luggage storage. If no extended trips are in your plans, it’s still wise to consider solutions that may make short trips more comfortable, such as overhead storage for purses and backpacks.

Spreading Your Mission

Branding your bus helps raise awareness of your church throughout the community. Custom colors, graphics, and logos also speak to the heart and quality of your mission. If you’ve been renting or driving a basic white vehicle, this could be an opportunity to spread the word.

Paying for Your Bus

Whether you’re looking to buy a bus outright, lease a new bus, or planning to finance, it’s important to know your options. There are many different ways to enhance your transportation while being mindful of your budget.

Staying Up & Running

Regular service helps maximize your investment. Having a trusted, local resource for service and parts makes owning a bus more feasible for churches. The team at Carolina Thomas even offers mobile service for some repairs.

Customized for Your Needs

Carolina Thomas is your one-stop-shop for all your vehicle paint and graphics needs. From simple paint repair to complete vehicle graphic wraps – and everything else in between – we offer a full range of services to meet your specific refinish needs. We also know your church has unique demands for its activity buses, and at Carolina Thomas, we can get you into the ideal bus for your needs. From extra storage to superior comfort, we work to find the perfect bus for your church. Available features such as coach-style seating, video systems, overhead luggage racks, and more allow you to get where you’re going without compromising comfort or safety.

Service & Parts

Once you have found the activity bus to fit your needs, it’s important to keep it running with the right care. The knowledgeable and experienced technicians in our service department are certified to provide superior regular maintenance and repairs to keep your bus on the road. Our parts staff has over 150 years of combined experience to get you the right parts, quickly and affordably. We also include limited warranty protection for all aftermarket parts sold directly by our parts department.

Is a bus the right choice for your church?

Shop for a bus with confidence. Get your free Church Bus Infographic now!

Church Bus Infographic

Financing Options

At Carolina Thomas, we know the importance of customized financing solutions, and we are dedicated to providing the options you need. With several financial services available, our bus financing staff can work with your organization to find the right budgetary fit through a custom lease or finance program. Through flexible terms, a simple application process and best-in-class customer service, we can get you the bus you need today.


When things don’t go as planned, a warranty can give you peace of mind. At Carolina Thomas, all of our new vehicles come with a limited warranty covering defects in material and/or workmanship, which we will repair free of charge within the warranty period. For extended protection, we also offer custom extended warranty options to help protect you down the road.

Ready to Find the Right Bus for Your Church?

At Carolina Thomas, we partner with reliable and trusted brands like Elkhart Coach. We’ve worked with numerous churches – all with unique needs – to find dependable, comfortable, and safe travel solutions. We invite you to contact us online for additional information or give us a call at (800) 440-3492. We look forward to partnering with you!

Use our convenient Bus Inventory Search tool to begin your search today.