DOUGLASS, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches ministry is offering a unique take on praise and worship, ditching the traditional sanctuary for a bull-riding arena.
"Get your life right with Jesus and then you can get your life right with the rodeo," said Bill Shaw, President of 'Christian Cowboys Who Care' ministry.
It's as simple as that for Bill Shaw. He and his wife started the Christian Cowboys Who Care Ministry in 1991 and on October 6th opened a new ministry center in Douglass.
"We just felt the Lord really move us to start right here at our home in Douglass and start with the bull riding. We have a church service at every event. We'll feed them a free meal and then we have a 15-20 minute church service," Shaw said.
Which Shaw leads. Bull-riders around the Pineywoods come for the worship and stay for the bull.
"It's really cool because you don't have the drive forever to get on the bull. It's like a point-situation, you're just getting on to have fun and spreading the word of God," said bull-rider Daulton Channel.
It's riders like Channel who say the sport isn't for the faint of heart.
"Stay on the front-end and hold on tight," Channel said.
Advice better said than done.
"Bull-riding is very dangerous. Getting on them in the bucking shoot is a very dangerous situation, in there with a 15-1800 pound bull. You need to get in there and get out of there," Shaw said.
In only its first phase the ministry eventually plans to offer steer and bull-riding schools with professional instructors on hand to teach beginners all while having the main focus on the worship.
"That's what it's all about, saving souls. I call it the face of heaven, we're out here right in the face of heaven," Shaw said.