An opening prayer at a rodeo or bull riding is common but you'll often see a cowboy or bull rider pray again on their own after cowboy church or before they ride.

God as a means of success or success as a means to bring Him glory

Part 7 Chasing Gold Buckle Dreams

By Scott Hilgendorff / Cowboys of the Cross

When you’re chasing your gold buckle dreams, do you see God as a means to success or is glorifying Him your purpose?

The answer will tell you a lot about your relationship with Him and changing your focus could bring about success in an unexpected way. Even what the world measures as failure or loss can be success when it points others toward a saving faith in Jesus.

Whatever we do, win or lose, it’s going to bring God glory, even if we never fully see how the pieces fit together.

Ephesians 1:11-12 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

There’s so much teaching out there that overlooks the what’s in the Bible about struggles and the purpose they serve or the presence of sin that causes the struggles to exist in the first place. A few verses out of context can give us the idea that God will give us our heart’s desire. The only way for that to be true is if our heart’s are focused on Him and His desires for us.

When we seek God, and it’s His plan we’re following, he WILL give us what we ask because it is what he wants for us to begin with.

A verse that often has people thinking God will make wishes come true, suddenly means that yes, of course God will give us what we seek when it’s Him and His glory that we’re seeking.

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Cowboys of the Cross

Welcome to Cowboys of the Cross: your resource for Christian cowboys. Cowboys of the Cross has been providing cowboy church for the rodeo and cowboy community for more than 15 years. The website is your source for stories of faith and encouragement as well as devotions and news and information affecting cowboys of faith. Cowboys of the Cross leads cowboy church at rodeos and bull ridings in both Ontario, Canada and across the north and southeastern United States.   MORE ABOUT US HERE

PBR Bull Rider Daniel Tinsman from Indiana praying on his own after Cowboy Church


Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.  1 Chronicles 16:34

Your stories of faith are getting attention and helping spread the gospel.

Christian cowboy Steward Black is familiar with the importance of cowboy church at rodeos and bull ridings. 

Praise God, YOUR stories of faith are having impact. With The 700 Club being the latest to reach out to Cowboys of the Cross, your testimonies are getting some pretty cool attention and being used to help share the gospel and encourage other believers across the country.
Just this week both The 700 Club and Harmony Hill Baptist Church in New Matamoras, Ohio contacted us about testimonies you’ve shared with us. The church wants to use former bull rider Stewart Black’s video testimony to share with students at the end of the week at their cowboy-themed vacation Bible school. The 700 Club is interested in Trey’s story of recovery after not being expected to walk again and his salvation through Jesus during his recovery. The 700 Club is a news and interview program that has run for decades on the Christian Broadcasting Network. 
While I’d love it if more of you would engage with the devotions and teaching series we put on the site each month, it’s pretty exciting that it’s your testimonies, stories of how you came to faith, that are read the most on the site. The old version of the site had Google tracking on it to know the testimonies were the most read parts of the site and I have no reason to believe that’s changed.
When the website was under redesign and there weren’t new testimonies being posted, I even got a phone call from a cop in Louisiana wanting to know when there would be more. Once he found the website, he would read through a testimony or two on a break at work and be encouraged by them. That was encouragement outside the Cowboys for Cops initiative. 
Your stories of how you came to a saving faith in Jesus or how you have seen God working in your life can serve as an encouragement to others. The site is here to both teach and encourage the cowboy community through content that is written and prepared by people who understand your way of life and the unique challenges you face. It’s 100 per cent about the Great Commission—pointing people to the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples (teaching and equipping you to live out your faith and helping you to grow more like Jesus.)
Your testimonies are my favorite part of the site. As a former journalist, I could interview and write them for you but I’ve found for more, it’s a great growth opportunity to try to sit down and write it out yourselves. Plus, my feeling on it is this—it’s YOUR story, not mine, so I’d rather you put it in your words so those reading it hear your own voice. I’ll help you sort out your thoughts, but I think the stories have so much more impact when they come straight from you.
If you’ve got a story to share about how God has worked in your life or about how you came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, I would love to hear from you and include it on the site.

New stories and devotions every other Thursday

In all your ways...

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths — Proverbs 3:6
A Cowboy of the Cross believes God comes first and strive to follow His leading from a desire that comes from the knowledge of the cost of our salvation, paid for by Jesus Christ through is death on the cross. Through a saving and repentant faith in Jesus and the knowledge of his resurrection, we know God has forgiven our sins and will take us home to Heaven when our time here is done. Through God’s grace, we’ll get through the mistakes we make and grow more like Christ with study of Scripture, time in prayer and learning to hear God and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Meet our Teachers / Preachers and Site Contributors

Scott Hilgendorff

Scott heads up Cowboys of the Cross, a ministry dedicated to bringing cowboy church to rodeos and bull ridings across North America but with a focus on discipleship. The ministry evolved out of Riding for Christ Ministries, the name which Scott operated under for more...

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James and Jenn Douma

Hey everyone, my name is James Douma. I have been involved with the rodeo for the past several years. I am a full time firefighter in Ontario during the week and ride bucking horses on the weekend. I am married to an amazing woman named Jenn and together we have a...

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Michael Damien Moore

Michael Damien Moore is a bareback rider from Athens, TN and the nephew of rodeo producer Mike Moore. Originally from Alaska, Michael has started leading cowboy church, largely at rodeos in the 'south'.  The hat he is wearing in the photo was his father's. You'll see...

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Josh McCarthy

Howdy! My name’s Josh McCarthy and I compete in saddle bronc riding in the PRCA and I’m the youngest of five from northeastern Wisconsin.  I grew up in a Christian home and went to church every Sunday. I accepted Christ into my life when I was little but I didn’t...

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Jim Bull

I grew up always praying before meals and hearing that our friends that passed were in heaven. However, I never felt I knew who God was and definitely didn't have a relationship with Him. I lived my life thinking if I seemed like a good person, then I must be a good...

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Jesse Horton

I was 'raised Christian.' I can't remember a time before I was 10 years old that I wasn't a church-goer, though I remember several years of my teens where my family didn't attend church. I confessed my sin and my need for Christ when I was eight years old, but I do...

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