Dothanís Memphis Church reaches out to bikers comment (0)
September 11, 2008
In May 2007, three motorcycle-riding couples at Memphis Baptist Church, Dothan, set out to become intentional evangelists by forming the 17th chapter of F.A.I.T.H. Riders in the nation. Just over a year and 22 additional members later, the strategy is bearing fruit.
“We have our own biker Sunday School class each Sunday morning,” said Rodger Hall, ministry director of the Columbia Baptist Association church’s F.A.I.T.H. Riders Motorcycle Ministry. “Our church family loves this ministry and how it has touched many lives.”
Using motorcycles as conversation starters, F.A.I.T.H. Riders establish contact with unchurched motorcycle enthusiasts and often find opportunities for sharing Christ. Activities include organized rides, community service projects and missions trips. Nine of the Memphis Baptist group’s members recently traveled to Sturgis, S.D., to share their testimonies at one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the United States. Closer to home, the group volunteers with Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug-addiction recovery program, in Bonifay, Fla. Members also host Thursday Night Thunder, a monthly fellowship that introduces prospective members to the ministry.
On Sept. 18, the Memphis Baptist F.A.I.T.H. Riders, along with other chapters across the state, will participate in the Trail of Tears Rally in Montgomery. After the rally, members will travel to north Alabama to minister at one of the stops on the Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride. For more information on F.A.I.T.H. Riders, visit www.faithriders.com.