In 2002, two couples at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., took a step of faith as they established a motorcycle ministry called F.A.I.T.H. Riders.
LIBUSE – In 2002, two couples at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., took a step of faith as they established a motorcycle ministry called F.A.I.T.H. Riders.
It just seven short years, the ministry has grown and spread across the country as teams of dedicated believers commit to the cause of Christ and to sharing the Gospel on and with their motorcycles to any who will listen.
The ministry has expanded to more than 70 churches, with more chapters getting ready to be born across the United States – chapters of motorcycle riders and others passionate about sharing F.A.I.T.H. through Christian fellowship.
On May 3, the ministry expands into Louisiana with an evening commissioning service at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Libuse.
“I’m excited about a new ministry that God is allowing us to be a part of. We will have the privilege of commissioning the first F.A.I.T.H. Riders chapter in Louisiana,” said Dwayne Rogers, pastor of Pine Grove Baptist. “This is a wonderful evangelistic motorcycle ministry. One of the main differences between F.A.I.T.H. Riders and other ministries like Christian Motorcycle Association [of which I am a member] is that F.A.I.T.H. chapters must be a ministry of a local church. Nearly all of the chapters are ministries of Southern Baptist churches.
Each commissioned chapter of F.A.I.T.H. Riders has a responsibility to “set the standard” for the ministry.
“This is a ministry, not a riding club or gang, and the chapter’s sole purpose is to share the life-changing good news by equipping members to engage in practical ministry opportunities. This can be a wonderful tool for Evangelism,” said Keith Manuel, an associate in the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Evangelism and Ministry department, who is coordinating this outreach ministry. “The reason each chapter must be in the name of a local church is so that church can minister and grow new members.
“We ask each chapter to commit to do three things – participate in Crossover Block Parties, the Angola Prison Revival and come to an annual state retreat.”
“Pine Grove will be the first chapter in Louisiana but on May 16 and 17, Brookwood in Shreveport will also have a commissioning ceremony, which will make them the 100th chapter in the nation,” Manuel said.
“Through the ministry of F.A.I.T.H. Riders, bikers and others will reach people with their bikes who may not normally step foot into an organized church or Bible study. It’s putting rubber, as well as shoe leather, onto the Gospel message,” Manuel said.
For information concerning starting a chapter, contact Manuel at Keith.Manuel@LBC.org or by calling 318.448.3402 ext. 223.