There’s nothing quite like being a cowboy pastor. While you are explaining a passage from the Gospel of John, you are also helping a rancher brand his cattle!
A cowboy pastor has a unique ministry that combines his passion for God’s Word with his knowledge of ranching, horseshoeing, and agriculture.
And it’s in this intersection where a cowboy pastor reaches the folks in his community with the gospel.
Lend A Hand
A cowboy pastor spends most of his time outside of the church, usually on local ranches and farms. Some of your greatest theological discussions will happen as you are repairing a tractor or helping round up cattle!
The ministry of a cowboy pastor has a dual focus: preaching and serving the congregation entrusted to you and building relationships with folks out in the country.
Way of Life
Farming and ranching communities are often isolated, close-knit, and proud of their way of life. If you understand the culture and strive to become one of them, over time you will build trust and relationships with the people.
A cowboy pastor’s success in ministry depends on their willingness to understand the rural lifestyle and meet the people where they are.
Embrace the Distance
Often, luxuries are far away when you live in the country. Your neighbours are spread out in all directions. You may have to drive an hour away to the nearest gas station, grocery store, or hospital.
Patience, endurance, and a love for the rural lifestyle is crucial for a cowboy pastor. Without these virtues, burnout is nearby. However, for the committed pastor who stays to minister in this often isolated and lonely mission field, you will have a front row seat as you watch God move in miraculous ways.
Examples of Rural Opportunities
Each community where a cowboy pastor serves will have their own ministry opportunities. But here are few common ways:
- Branding and rounding up cattle
- Helping farmers with the harvest
- Participating at the local rodeo
- Hunting or fishing with folks from the area
Do you have a burden for reaching cowboys and ranchers for Jesus?
Do you love the country way of living? Village Missions might be a perfect fit for you! Use the form below to begin the process of becoming a Village Missionary pastor or intern!