What is a Cowboy Church?

Cowboy Church 101

Welcome to the Narrow Pass

Cowboy Church is a place where people can “come as they are” to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It’s a place where a group of people strive to follow the example Jesus lived. It’s all about breaking down barriers – barriers that have kept people from hearing the Word of God.

Cultural Relevance–two words you will often hear at cowboy church.

What makes up the culture God has called us to reach?

1. Working Cowboys
2. Pro-Rodeo Cowboys
3. Arena Cowboys & Cowgirls
4. Cattle People
5. Horse People
6. Cowboys at Heart
7. Cowboy Mentality
8. Cowboy Mission Minded

Think of a target, and all of these people fit in one of the rings on that target – the bull’s-eye is the ‘working cowboy’…

While teaching his son to shoot a bow a man told his son, “Aim small hit small, aim wide miss wide.” The same logic applies at cowboy church; aim for the bull’s eye and hit the target. Shoot for the outer edge and you might miss the target of the culture God has called cowboy church to reach with the Gospel.

At cowboy church there is an open door for cowboys and cowgirls to come as they are; however, Biblical Christianity will never be compromised. The mission is to share the grace, love and hope given by God through Jesus Christ by targeting those in the western culture while at the same time striving to live Christ-like lives and impacting the Kingdom.

What’s Next?

Get started by joining a Cowboy Church near you, or start one today!

Starting a Cowboy Church

The Narrow Pass Booklet

The downloadable Narrow Pass booklet will teach you the first steps in creating a Cowboy Church.

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Resources

Find a Cowboy Church

There are over 200 Cowboy Churches who are members of the AFCC. Find the nearest church near you.

Growing Your Church

Gather, Grow, Produce

G2P equips leaders with simple tools to bring their local church together, encourage spiritual growth, and empower people to find their place of service.

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