Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Church transitions from roping events to skateboarding

WAXAHACHIE—It wasn’t too long ago that Brandon Jones was watching men gallop by on horseback with lassos twirling over their heads. Now, he watches as teenagers whir by on their skateboards, building up speed for their next trick.

A year ago, he was minister of missions at Frontier Cowboy Church in Waxahachie. Now, Frontier is a lot less cowboy.

For Jones, it’s really not a big deal.

“Our mission is the Great Commission,” he said. “We feel like Christ told us to go and reach people and make disciples, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Moving from roping events to a skate church targeting teenagers marks a significant transition—one that mirrors a transition taking place in the congregation overall.

The change has not occurred suddenly, Pastor Ken Ansell said, but rather gradually as the congregation has sought to follow God’s leading.

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