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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by gb93433, Jan 12, 2009.
What do you think of cowboy churches?
My church planted one a couple years ago. Not my cup of tea, but it is a solid church.
Sorry to post up here, not being a Baptist, but I got so excited when I saw this. Finally someone is talking about us.
I think it's great! Not my style of church, but as the message is solid, the method is fine with me.
I'm glad someone's doing what's need to reach them.
I suppose it is no different than other organizations that reach out to meet the needs of people who travel in different circles.
We have a Free Methodist Church near here which specializes in country music. There is a strong attachment to country music in this area. They do not compromise in their Christian beliefs, but simply employ country music rather than traditional hymns. They do rather well, I might add.
They can be good. The the 'Cowboy Church' is to get those people who are cosidered a 'people group' that aren't always in church to come together.
However what most people don't know is that the "Cowboy Church" was created to be the spring board to get people into an 'established' church. They were not designed to be a stand alone church. Not that they can't be but most are simply once a week meetings and that is all.
Now some churches might do it in a way that it IS more geared like a traditional church in that it meets more than once a week and that it disciples through bible studies and mentoring one-on-one.
Jeff Smith from Cowboy Church Network of North America came up here and got a cowboy church started through Huron Baptist Church. He has been planting Cowboy Churches for years with great success but the above was his statement to us. - that they are to be spring boards to getting these people into or back into an established or real church.
As I said some can be grown into something more but they are usually missional churches as in an outreach venue to get those who typically want something different but don't want to step to far away from God something they can get into. And then as they come back into a relationship with Christ they can be brought back to a place where they will seek more themselves.
Blah, blah, blah.
It's just the same old exhibitionism and gospel lite.
I would hope that they're commanded to something that they're not—righteous.
You are so wrong. I know of at least one man that I had been praying for that was saved at our local cowboy church. He now attends there regularly.
The Northeast Louisiana Cowboy Church meets on Tuesday nights at a local church in a nearby town that graciously offers them their sanctuary.
Here's a portion of their invitation to attend and their reason for assembly from their website.
For the literal thousands of people in this part of the state who attend rodeos, livestock shows, and any kind of agricultural or animal-related events on various weekends during the year, this ministry is a Godsend and people are being saved.
Anther fruitful post filled with biblical truths by Aaron
No surprise here.
(I did look at your profile and was relieved to read that you're not a pastor!)
Sometimes I think it's too bad he's a parishioner!!!
Imagine yourself in the pulp.....nevermind!
Ministering at events is one thing, pride and exhibitionism is something else. It says something about the power of God's Word that folks are saved despite the theatre.
Jim, You do make a good point.
We've worked with some. Some good (solid preaching on repentance/faith), some pretty weakin doctrine and practice.
I am glad whenever the Gospel is preached.
Something like the rescue missions.....Someone has to reach out to the unreached.
Sorry folks, going back to the cellar.
Opening the cellar door..........
Well, Brother Curtis, even the theatre made people rise for Jesus Christ. Remember Handel's Messiah when they sing The Hallelujah Chorus and close off that great musical with Worthy is the Lamb?
Jim (closing the cellar door again)
Was there a dearth of exhibitionism is Greece and Rome of the First Century? And yet neither Christ nor the apostles employed these methods. Did they not "reach out to the unreached?"
There is nothing Christian about the emblem behind the "dude", though it is an indictment . . . the image is of a man who is showing the universally recognized composure of respect and reverence—head uncovered, a gesture neither the speaker nor the audience is willing to emulate.
And why? It ain't rainin'. The sun ain't beatin' down on 'em. No, I got mah hat on 'cuz Ahm a cow boy. It's all 'bout me, and whut Ah likes.
Ah likes mah boots. Ah likes mah denim. Ah 'speshully likes mah hat. Ah won't step into a church if Ah cain't wear mah hat! You gonna reach out to me? Better be on MAH terms!
It's ALL about their pride. That and the carnal thinking of those who think they're ministering in their frowardness.
Guess, maybe, I'll head off to church on Sunday naked! Then no one can be impressed by how I wear fancy suit, waistcoat and tie, polished shoes and fedora. Or maybe, I should just wear a dusty old gown to my ankles like they did in the old days. It would be biblical, wouldn't it?
Checking my calendar. Yeppers, it does read 2009.