Guest / Limited Access /

Missing from the latest list of fastest-growing American congregations, but posting similar stats: cowboy churches. The decades-old outreach movement, known for its rodeos and horse-trough baptisms (such as this one in suburban Dallas), has hit its stride to encompass more than 500 churches in 39 states—especially in Texas, where two Baptist universities now offer related courses.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Support Christian thought journalism. Donate to our nonprofit ministry today.
From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this IssueWhy Apologetics Is Different—and Working—In the Hood
Subscriber Access Only Why Apologetics Is Different—and Working—In the Hood
Detroit pastor Christopher Brooks says apologetics in urban settings must be both intellectual and 'soul-ish.'
RecommendedCover Story: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
Subscriber Access Only Cover Story: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
Some visitors claim to be healed. Others claim to receive direct words from God. Is it 'real'--or dangerous?
TrendingThe Story Behind Trump’s Controversial Prayer Partner
The Story Behind Trump’s Controversial Prayer Partner
What Paula White’s Washington moment implies for the prosperity gospel’s future.
Editor's Pick7 Boring Ways the Church Can Change the World
7 Boring Ways the Church Can Change the World
Honestly, it’s nothing radical.
Christianity Today
What Would Jesus Wrangle?
hide thisNovember November

In the Magazine

November 2013

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.