How the West Was Won: For Christ!

Live in Stephenville, Texas, a city known as the cowboy capital

the world, supposedly home to more professional cowboys than

any other city in the country, one cannot help but notice that the cowboys

they are kings around here. Personally, as a city boy born in Chicago, Illinois, I have

I didn’t even ride a horse. I sat in one as a kid but couldn’t make it

Do nothing.

I attended the local Cowboy Church and was blessed every time

attended, the room filled with men in cowboy hats, boots and Wrangler

me years. They come as is, sure, and the parking lot is full of

more pick-up trucks than you’ll find anywhere in the world at one time. In

In fact, the last time I attended there, a tattooed cowboy was baptized in

the horse trough outside. Before the service, men on horseback led

traffic in grassy parking lot. While chatting with other Christians

after the service, several mentioned being accepted by those who

They are in Christ and they are not rejected for what they were wearing.

A few years ago, Stephenville got his first “Cowboy Church”. Tea

church grew rapidly and caught my attention when, on an Easter Sunday,

filled the benches in a banquet room of a local bar with more than 500

provided. Not only have I visited the church several times and said a few

words from the pulpit, but the pastor invited me to teach a

series about the services one night a week. These days while I do my rounds like

Workplace chaplain: a “circuit rider,” like cowboy pastor Charles Higgs

He called me, it seems that everywhere I look, I see a new cowboy church.


The following was found on the Nashville Cowboy Church website:

“In the last days, the gospel will be spread by Cowboy … This was a

Prophecy of the well-known English prophet Smith Wigglesworth in the late 19th century.

After the arrival of the new millennium, it seems clear that this prophecy

it’s accomplishing. The “Cowboy Church” services enjoy a

tremendous resurgence. Regardless of the environment, the only thing that many

people seem to feel is the simplicity of the message and the informal “Come

Like you, “with his feet on the ground, God inspired love for one another.”

they are hungry for something real. Cowboy Church is tearing down the walls

that have separated people from enjoying a personal relationship with their

creator, no matter what their origin is, where they come from or what

they use. “

I heard this was true, but I never personally investigated it until

Recently. According to an article that appeared in Charisma magazine,

“[this Cowboy Church phenomenon is] part of a move of God never

Before seen in the rodeo world. It’s a revival found at cattle auctions,

in cowboy churches, and on isolated ranches and farms that dot rural areas

landscape of the western United States. And it’s one that from 1930

Pentecostal preacher Smith Wigglesworth allegedly prophesied that

come not only to the cowboy community, but also through it, a

Accurate but useful term to describe culture. This awakening

includes ranchers, farmers, horse trainers, professional rodeo

competitors, cowboys and, of course, cowgirls. “

Did you understand that? According to the article, Wigglesworth prophesied

that a revival would come THROUGH – not just A – the cowboy


The article went on to say: “People are being saved by the ton in the

world of cowboys “, Glenn Smith, 66, the renowned” grandfather ”

cowboy evangelism, he told Charisma. “They can come to the cowboy

toilets as is, in dirty Levis and with cow things in their boots,

and saved “.


Charisma’s article stated that “just 30 years ago

it was not a single approach directed at cowboys. Now there is a multitude of

evangelistic efforts, many of them charismatic and Pentecostals. What’s more

to preach the same gospel, these efforts share at least one other

characteristic: mobility. Ministering on the rodeo circuit, providing pastoral care

caring for county-sized ranches and cowboy congregations, discipleship potential

leaders and maintaining relationships with new converts requires a lot

trips that some cowboy ministers live in RVs year-round. “

The central theme of the New Testament is that Jesus is Lord. the word “sir”

comes from the Greek ‘kyrios’ which literally means ‘owner’. God wants

each of us to make Jesus the Lord of all aspects of our society, including the cowboy

appearance. What other segment of society needs to surrender to Christ? Tea

is right there in the segment where each of us spends the most

of our OWN time.

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