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Texas Inspirational Singer Songwriter & Speaker Jimmy Grayson

Hello All.God has led me to take my story and music beyond the traditional doors to reach those who are struggling with addiction. Message me back. I have a lot to offer and... just maybe we can…Continue

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Started by Jimmy Grayson Apr 30, 2013.

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I am a Country Gospel recording artist from Columbia, South Carolina. I am trying to fill the rest of my dates this year and I have no Cowboy Churches on the agenda. Any churches that would be…Continue

Started by Michael Wayne Ayers. Last reply by Jimmy Grayson Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Gene Tatum on April 24, 2015 at 4:46pm

Hello Everyone!  We are new to the ICCAN and I must say that the last few days have been a breath of fresh air for me.  I have been on the website every opportunity that I have and been wonderfully blessed.

In November 2010 we opened the doors of a small country church in a rural community near my parents farm between Dougass and Cushing in East Texas.  The building was a beautiful Iron Ore Stone building and had been "shut down" since 2007.  The members had all passed on or were in assisted living and no one was attending.  We were able to open the building for just the light bill payment (about$50.00/month) and began having church with 8 in attendance on even Sundays of the month.  I was still rodeo announcing at the time and it fit my weekend schedule.  We struggled for the first year to have an attendance of 12 on most Sundays until the fall of 2011 when we began having church every Sunday.  I had announced a rodeo in August in Orange Texas when there was a severe drought and the evening temps were in the 100 degrees.  On the Saturday Night Performance I stroked out from the heat.  I finished the performance with the help of my wife (a paramedic) and the other paramedics and was taken to my motel room.  It was there that the Lord said to me I was done as an announcer which I had done for some 20 plus years.

In the Spring of 2012 we began advertising as a Cowboy ministry and our attendance had still not grown.  Had I missed the Lord? Was this all there was ever going to be?  Other churches in the area were about the same 12 to 20 in attendance.  Even some of the members were saying "well it's never been larger than 30 for years due to the size of the community with 5 churches in a 10 mile radius". Had I missed it?

In the Spring of 2013 I had a banner made and tied it up on a couple of  T post in the front yard of the church saying "AMONG FRIENDS COWBOY MINISTRIES" of Looneyville, TX. Suddenly by mid summer our crowds began reaching 30, then 40, then 50.  The Lord sent us a keyboard player, guitar player and a Praise Team leader.  They joined my Mom on the piano and brother Johnny on the drums.  WE HAD A BAND!!! We began having Saturday Night Singings, Sunday services outside, at the Lake, and here on the Farm. I continued to preach the Word with demonstrations and enthusiasm. Our last singing in April filled the building up!

In addition to the increased numbers in attendance the Lord has blessed us with the talent and funds to do much needed repairs and improvements to the building and grounds. We know have a newly remodeled fellowship hall, Sunday School Room, storage room, new ceiling and new carpet in the auditorium. We recently also added a parking area and will begin adding additional handicap ramps and steps with nice decks and covers. God is so good!

I have prayed for other ministries that I can find fellowship and a kindred  spirit and from what I see here on the ICCAN website is an answer to my prayers.  Thank you Mike Holmes for introducing me to the ICCAN. 

Finally, I said all this to say simply "DON'T GIVE UP!  STAY TRUE TO YOUR CALLING! GOD NEVER FAILS!"

Comment by The Jamersons on November 24, 2014 at 8:47pm
We will be attending the FL Roundup for the first time and this is a new area for us. We would like to exchange some contacts. We live in TN and sing in WV, OH, GA, AL, and NC.
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Comment by Richard B. Shepard on December 4, 2013 at 5:40pm

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Comment by Andy Starks,ICCAN Int'l Director on October 4, 2013 at 2:25pm

"Sharpening Your Focus"

If you were to ask all the pastors in America who they are trying to reach with the message of salvation, 90% would probably give you the same answer, "Everybody!" That is exactly why many are not doing it. If you are trying to reach all people of all cultures, you will probably wind up very frustrated.

The cowboy church is a specialized ministry with a special focus, at least, we claim to have a special focus. The problem is, that we often change our appearance, but not our focus. We still use the ‘scatter gun’ approach to our ministry and try to hit everybody. Then we have no focus.

When you became a cowboy church, you automatically became a very exclusive ministry. The vast majority of people in your community will never enter your doors. It will never cross their minds to attend your church. They won’t be ugly about it, they’re just not interested. They don’t associate with cowboys any other time, so it would never cross their minds to associate with cowboys on Sunday morning. Let the contemporary churches reach out to they. You’re a cowboy church. Reach out to cowboys.

We would not expect a Spanish ministry to appeal to the Oriental population of a community. Neither would we expect the deaf ministry to reach out to the bikers. Then why do many cowboy churches lose their focus on cowboys and try to reach everybody? If we are a cowboy church, we should do everything with that in mind. Our cowboy decor’ alone will not meet the need. When visitors come to a cowboy church, they expect to find more than a costume party; more than people having a contemporary worship service, with contemporary music, and contemporary preaching; more than just the surface differences. They expect to find cowboys having church! Cowboy dress and decor’ of course, but also cowboy music and cowboy preaching; cowboy discourse before and after church; cowboy activities; cowboy lifestyle manifest in cowboy worship.

When reading ‘western’ novels, you find many that are cops and robbers in hats and boots; detective stories with a cowboy facade; romance stories with a twang. It’s easy for a cowboy church to fall into the same trap. If the focus of the church is cowboys, then the focus of everything they do should be cowboy. The physical location, the church name and sign, the exterior and interior decor’, the places and means of advertising, the events and their locations, etc. Go where the cowboys go. Advertise in what the cowboys read. Get ads on the country radio stations. Put up signs at the local arenas and sale barns. Put card in their rest rooms. You’re not going to reach everybody, so stop trying! Focus all your attention, efforts, finances, etc. on cowboys.

The more ‘cowboy’ you make your ministry, the more effective you are going to be. It may be time to sharpen your focus.

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Comment by Richard B. Shepard on September 25, 2013 at 6:09pm

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Comment by Pastor E Patrick Anthony on April 10, 2013 at 6:55pm

Howdy ya'll: Our GOD is so awesome. I had a former church member LOVED by all, take his life Monday. He had been battleing throat cancer that began moving to the brain. OBVIOUSLY he woud eventually sucumb. As goes all deaths by suicide the question arose is he in HELL NOW? My answer was yes someone else thought maybe not. As my wife was one of those yes he is BUT folks. I drove home pondering the BUT. As I delved into the answer for the questions I know will surely come this sunday. I began searching the website of various preachers for the answer.What I found was they knew no more than I, the right answer as well with them, there was the BUT. So I, frustrated called out to the lord SHOW ME SOMETHING SHOWME THE TRUTH does a saved person go to hell for ending their own life. Show me in the scripture something to use. HE soon showed me two scripture verses and added a nugget to it. The first Matthew 12:31 "WHEREFORE I SAY UNTO YOU ALL MANNER OF SIN AND BLASPHEMY SHALL BE FORGIVEN UNTO MEN: "BUT" THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST SHALL NOT BE FOREGIVEN.


Then the lord taught me something else: we, most of us anyway, were raised up you end your life you go to hell catholic church 101 says purgatory the espiscopal says you cant be buried in consecrated ground, we are taught that when in fact the truth is this. People believe because JUDAS went out and hung himself and then went to hell so must we to. What they fail to see is JUDAS BLASPHEMED GOD AND JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN HE BETRAYED JESUS. a PERSON SAVED WHO COMMITTS SUICIDE IS NOT GOING TO HELL VERSE 38-39 MAKE THAT CLEAR. If Jesus who was tortured, beaten, spit on  and crucified endured such pain would he condemn a person a christian who through his pain and suffering and anguish and WHO WAS WEAKER VESSEL THAN CHRIST AS WE ALL ARE going to go to hell? No I believe not because 8:39 tells us NOTHING NOT EVEN THE DEVIL WITH ALL HIS DECEPTION CAN SEPERATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD. I love when I cry out to the lord and his answer is supernaturally delivered right then. Rest in peace Mikey / Pastor E patrick

Comment by Pastor E Patrick Anthony on April 6, 2013 at 9:12pm

Dont give up brother We started Cross at The River in2010 with 15 and have grown to 50. some will comeand somewill goDOnt worry about the numbers focus on serving the LORD first HE will fill the church. We are small but mighty involvedin the community of Dunnellon Fla Well know in the area, and always looking for opportuniy to serve. Numbers are nice but OBEDIANCE TO GOD ROCKS oh and so will the church GODS BLESSINGS on ya'll?Pastor E Patrick and Debra Anthony


Comment by Rev. Dr. Roger C. Kissel on November 24, 2012 at 5:57pm

Here, in my hometown of Sidney, IA, is the 7th Cowboy Church God has guided me to plant.  It is the smallest population base of any since He told me to start planting and leave the Rodeo circuit He had set me on, after calling me away from the Presbyterian Church pulpit.  We celebrated our 5th anniversary, last Easter Sunday.  There are 5 who have been with me, since our first Sunday Worship.  About fifteen others have joined and two, of them, climbed on the wagon just this past summer.  We have had some come, for a while, and not come back.  Some of them returned to their denominational roots. Two of them just haven't accepted God's Hand as their guiding force nor Jesus' Resurrection as their key to His Kingdom.

Interestingly enough, this is the same pattern as has, always, been present in the first few years of the Cowboy Churches God has privileged me with pastoring.  I have heard it said that, if we catch 'em, God'll clean 'em.  Pastor Mike said it just like the reality of my experience has been. "Where the finger of God points, the Hand of God provides".  My favorite poem is "As children bring their broken toys, in tears, for us to mend, I took my broken dreams to God, because He is my friend.  But then, instead of leaving Him, in peace, to work alone, I hung around, and tried to help, with ways that were my own.  At last, I snatched them back, and cried, 'How can You be so slow?' 'My chld', He said, 'what could I do? You never did let go'".

Gary, my prayers are with you and I lift you, your pastorate and the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church to the care of our Most Loving Father. Please keep us posted as He work His Wonders with CTCC.

Rev. Dr. Roger Kissel, Founding Pastor, Sidney Cowboy Church, Sidney (Rodeotown USA), Iowa 51652


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