Drive-In Service

The Drive-In service is unique in the Tampa area.  Begun in 1972 it has provided a weekly worship service with only a very few weather exceptions.  The service is broadcast over your car or portable radio on 103.9 FM   The service follows a standard worship service format of praise time, communion, offering, sermon and invitation.  A stationary boat called the DiscipleShip is used by the choir and ministers as a stage and pulpit. You may stay in your vehicle or come early and have donuts and coffee or juice at the refreshment center.

Tampa’s Only
SUNDAYS 8:30 a.m.
4100 S Manhattan Avenue

Drive-In Exceeds 40 Years of Service

In 1972, at the suggestion of senior minister, Rev. Dean Burton, the church bought the land and used it to create a drive-in ministry. A neighbor donated a salvaged boat for use as the pulpit. Burton preached the first sermon from “Noah’s Ark” December 3, 1972. At that time, a pole and sound system, like those at drive-in movies, was used so that attendees in their cars could hear the service. In 1988, worshipers began tuning into a radio frequency for the church service when a new underground broadcasting system was installed and the ark replaced with the current building designed to look like a boat. This building was named the “DiscipleShip”, which is in use today. Below are pictures from “yesterday” and “today”.

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