Now, we all know that with God, nothing happens by accident. Therefore, we can only assume that He has led you here to this website. If that's the case, then there must be a reason.
To that end, we want to encourage you to take your time to carefully and prayerfully, check out the basic 'nuts and bolts' of this ministry. As you do, we also hope that you'll come to know us a little better. With that, it's our prayer that as you read through this, you'll capture God's vision for this ministry.
How Does Riding To Reach
Riding To Reach Ministries operates solely by the sovereign direction, loving provision and wonderful grace of God. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God; therefore, it is our final authority and our ultimate set of bylaws. Riding To Reach Ministries doesn't have a lot of written rules and regulations (Remember the previous sections on accountability and integrity?); as a result, we have complete freedom to go when God leads, where He leads, and to do as He leads.
This ministry is operated and governed by God, through the Board of Directors that He has appointed. The board prayerfully makes all decisions of policy, membership, and finances, as the Holy Spirit leads them. On the legal side - We operate under the authority and covering of Iron Horse Ministries (Iron Horse Ministries is a 501c3 organization).
In addition to the board, every patch holder within Riding To Reach Ministries is expected to submit themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit alone. With that, we are to always allow ourselves to be held accountable in all that we say and do (whether out on the highways and byways, in a local house of worship, or in our own homes), in order that we may bring honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This ministry has fully chartered Chapters as well as Ministry Teams (which are forming Chapters), scattered across this country. Each one meets on its own at least once a month to conduct God's business and for the encouragement of the fellowship. Their purpose is to carry out their part of God's mission for this ministry, and to help support and encourage the other Chapters and Ministry Teams.
We DO NOT persuade, prospect, or proselytize anyone into this ministry. This is God's ministry and He alone draws the people He wants by planting the vision and desire to be part of this ministry into the hearts of His people. Are you one of them?
On the financial side of things, there are no membership dues or initiation fees. This totally non-profit ministry depends entirely upon the prayerful, freewill love offerings of those who share in the vision of this ministry, whether they ride a motorcycle or not. All donations are gratefully and prayerfully handled with the greatest of care. In fact, we consider every donation a gift of love, and an investment in this ministry.
Naturally, a big part of what Riding To Reach Ministries does, is minister to the riders wherever they are; whether at various events or in their own homes; at an organizational meeting or in a bar; at a 'biker' wedding or at a funeral. It doesn't matter where they are, we go where God sends us, ministering to them at their point of need, offering them hope and a new direction for their lives, in His name.
Sometimes God will call upon Riding To Reach Ministries to help another ministry get off the ground and at other times, He calls us to help build a bridge between one ministry and another. That's because God has made it clear, that part of His desire and goal for this ministry is to work alongside other ministries promoting unity; as in one effort, toward one goal, under one banner - Christ.
We also work within and through local churches wherever God leads us to help them establish motorcycle outreaches in their areas. To help churches prepare for this, we teach, train and equip the congregations; helping to shatter the myths about 'bikers' by bringing about a better understanding of the riders, their culture and their machines. As a result, the church learns how to effectively reach out to, and love on, this misunderstood and sometimes feared group of people.
God has designed Riding To Reach Ministries as a para-church organization. This means that it does not belong to any particular local church body or denomination; Therefore, it can operate outside of the normal confines and traditions of a local church body. This, coupled together with open accountability and integrity, gives us total freedom in Christ to work with all kinds of ministries, churches, clubs, groups, organizations and more; and to go wherever, and whenever He leads us. We do this all for His glory.
If this kind of ministry is beginning to interest you, then as you continue to read, please consider praying about how God would have you become involved.
Can I Be Part of Riding To Reach Ministries?
Because we have a very creative God, He gives us all kinds of people to minister to, in all kinds of ways. As a result, we are more than just another motorcycle ministry. This means, that no matter what your background is, there are many ways that you can be involved. It can be through prayer and/or financial support alone, by working alongside of us to help plan and work events for different organizations, by attending events that God leads us to, or by just hanging with us as we minister to riders and non-riders alike, wherever we find them.
With that, you'll also need to know, that no matter what make or model of motorcycle you might ride, or even if you're between bikes - it doesn't matter. In fact, you don't have to own or ride a motorcycle, or even have a patch to be involved in this ministry. It's the heart that counts - not the machine or the piece of cloth. Remember, God doesn't call the able, He enables the called. So, even if you haven't been involved in this kind of ministry before, don't be afraid to step out. If God is calling you, He will equip you.
You may be wondering, "What about my past?" Well, everyone has one, some more colorful than others (Look at some of the people in the Bible). It doesn't matter what your past is, God can use you - and so can we. Remember, our God is a God of redemption and restoration. If you have become a true born again Christian, then you have become a new person. Your old life is gone, and a new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17). So if He is calling you, then answer His call - and see what a difference you can make.
Levels Of Service
God has laid out Riding To Reach Ministries a little different than most. He has set up three basic levels of service within this ministry. So if you would, please prayerfully read through the material below to determine at which level He may want you to serve.
The first level is as a prayer partner and/or financial supporter. This is 'ground zero'. Without the faithful prayers and loving gifts from our partners, this ministry would not be able to do what it does. You are our first line of support and a great encouragement to us all.
By praying for us and financially supporting our efforts, you are helping to build up this ministry. You are both encouraging us and enabling us to continue to go where God would have us go, with the prayers and supplies we need to help build bridges to Christ.
Remember, you don't even have to own a motorcycle, just a heart for those that do, and for those who minister to them.
The second level is a Supporter Patch holder. This person not only supports the ministry as mentioned above, but they are more actively involved to a point, that they are allowed to wear the supporter patch on the front of their vest or jacket.
Perhaps, you are already a fully patched member of another group of riders and you feel led of God to wear this ministry's supporter patch. We think that's really great. However, we ask that you would please check with the powers that be of your organization first, to make sure that it's okay for you to wear it. Most groups will allow you to wear a supporter patch to show an affiliation with another group. However, you must always be sure to honor the group whose back patch you are wearing and seek their permission first.
The third level is as a Fully Patched member of this ministry. This person can wear both the small supporter patch on the upper left front portion of their vest or jacket, as well as the larger ministry patch on the back. Although pins and patches from other organizations and motorcycle events can be worn on the front of the vest or jacket, traditionally there should be no other pins or patches of any kind on the back - just the back patch alone. In the hard-core biker culture the patch you wear on your back, tells them what you are willing to die for. That's how important it is to them. Therefore, it is imperative that all fully patched members of Riding To Reach Ministries honor that tradition.
By wearing only this ministry's patch on your back, you are showing the people that you're ministering to, that you are fully committed to the call of Christ in your life, and to His work through this ministry.
At this point, we feel it is very important to make something extremely clear. Riding To Reach Ministries is NOT a motorcycle club (M/C) of any kind; nor is it a ride club (R/C); a ride group (R/G); or a Christian motorcycle club (C/M/C). It is a straight up, no nonsense, motorcycle ministry (M/M). As such, we are and always will remain, NEUTRAL. In other words, we are NOT here to try to take over any club, group, or organization; its members; or its territories - EVER.
In fact, the heart and the mission of this ministry, is to come alongside and work with any and all motorcycle clubs, groups, and organizations (whether Christian or non-Christian); and with all motorcyclists - from the occasional rider, to the hard core 1%er. It is our desire to have the opportunity to unconditionally love on, and minister to as many as we can - no strings attached - no questions asked.
So, is God whispering to your heart, and twisting your throttle (so to speak)? If you feel that this ministry might be for you, and you would like to learn more about becoming a patch holder, then please keep reading and praying.
What Is Required To Be A Patch Holder?
If you feel that God may want you to be an active patch holder of Riding To Reach Ministries, then this is where the rubber meets the road. We ask that you would please read through this list, and be willing to adhere to the following basic requirements:
You must be a born again believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ; and if someone asks you about your Christian hope, you must always be willing and ready to explain it (1 Peter 3:15).
You must be a discipled active member of a local Bible believing church body; and you must not forsake the fellowship of it (Hebrews 10:25).
You must be spending time in prayer and in God's word. (How will you know what He wants you to do, if you're not communicating with Him?)
You must be a self-starter - following the leading of God's Spirit alone; ready and willing to work, without needing anyone to hold your hand, and without drawing any attention to yourself. (Remember – It's not about us.)
You must be willing to be held accountable to anyone, in all circumstances, and at all times. (Remember, you are always being watched.)
You must have a heart for people, especially those that ride motorcycles. They need to see His unconditional love for them, through you. (Remember, you may be the only 'Jesus People' they have ever seen up close.)
Because of the nature of this kind of ministry, you must be a legal adult to be ‘supporter patched' or 'fully patched'. (There may be times when God will have you go to where the 'leprosy' is, to bring to the captives His hope, His healing, and His love.)
Finally, before you can become a patch holder of this ministry, you must complete the Questionnaire/ Application below so that we may get to know you better and see if you have truly caught God's vision for this ministry.
Obviously, this kind of ministry is NOT for everyone. So before you apply, you need to know beyond any shadow of a doubt, that it is God that is calling you - not your emotions. That's why we ask that you would be in serious prayer about your part in this ministry.
As with any type of ministry, the basics requirements are the beginning. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Well, by now you may be saying to yourself, "Ok. There's been a lot of talk about the patch, but what does everything on it mean?" That's a good question. It's important to know.
We'll start it all off by saying, as you may know, any patch, pin, or sticker that you wear not only represents what you think and believe, it makes you a representative of that belief as well. So, when most of us see a patch we haven't seen before, we become curious; who are they, where are they from, and what are they about? By these questions alone, we can see how important a patch can be. Therefore, the person who wears the Riding To Reach Ministries patch, not only represents this ministry, but they also represent the One who started it all. So with that, let's take a moment and look at the meaning of this ministry's patch, which God Himself has designed:
To begin with, the trademarked Riding To Reach Ministries logo/patch that God has designed, is full of symbolism. The large words "RIDING TO REACH MINISTRIES™" (in an old Wild West style font) speaks of three basic things: 1) The old style of the font, which is made to look like metal, signify strength. 2) The words "Riding To Reach", describes our mission. We are riding to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. And 3) the word "Ministries" defines our organization. It separates this group from any secular club, group or organization. As mentioned before, we are a motorcycle ministry (M/M) - not a club.
Now pictorially, the motorcycle in the foreground is a modern form of transportation, an iron horse, that represents freedom to so many. The ghost image behind it reminds us of the powerful horse that carried the rugged and free spirited people who formed the foundations of this nation. It has been said that there is a little bit of cowboy in every rider. The old rugged cross behind that, with its empty draped cloth, symbolizes the sacrifice Jesus made for us all so long ago - which gives purpose to the "Ministries" that we have today.
The black background represents the spiritual darkness of this world. Riding To Reach Ministries is to go into those spiritually dark places; lovingly and respectfully taking the light of hope (which is the love of Christ Jesus), to those that are trapped there, so that they may see the light and want to be rescued.
Finally, the phrase "Building Bridges To Christ™" is not just a slogan - it's what we do. Whether we're ministering to bikers wherever they are, or we're helping a church to organize an outreach to the bikers in their area, our goal is still the same - to help bridge the gap, where we can, between people and God's love for them.
Occasionally we have been asked, "Why do you wear a patch in the first place?" We tell them, "We wear a patch for two basic reasons: 1) To show those around us what we stand for and of whom we serve; and 2) so that we can be more easily found by those who may need us."
Now, speaking of wearing the patch, because folks are always watching us (especially when they see us wearing this ministry's patch), we need to ask ourselves, "What is the most predominate thing they should see?" The first thing they should see in us as born again believers, is the fruit of the Spirit; which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). That's why we need to be prayed up (Ephesians 6:10-18), before we suit up. As you can see, there is more to it than just a piece of material.
So, the next time you see someone wearing this patch, it is our hope that you will take a moment right where you are and pray, not only for that person, but also for all of those that wear this patch (whether supporter patched only, or fully patched). You just never know what might be happening at that very moment. We are protected and strengthened by your prayers, and we count on them all of the time. Thank you so much for your faithfulness.
How Can I Actually Become A Patched Member of Riding To Reach Ministries?
If you feel that God wants you to be part of this ministry as a "Level One" supporter through your finances and prayers, then we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we pray that God will richly bless you for your faithfulness. Please contact us if we may answer any questions for you.
However, if you feel that God is actually calling you to be a patched member of this ministry (at either "Level Two" or "Level Three"), then we ask that you would please consider doing the following things:
Prayerfully go through this entire website (if you haven't done so already); clicking every button; watching every video; and reading every word - all, while capturing God's heart for this ministry.
Then, as God leads you, come back here, and prayerfully begin following the simple instructions, of the membership application process.
God has set everything up, so that in order to become a patched member of this ministry, you must first begin, by filling out the Application Form - no exceptions. Fortunately, He has also made it rather simple.
To start with, all you need to do is select one of the Adobe (.PDF) icons below. (If for some reason, you don't already have the FREE Adobe Reader, then please Click Here.) The first icon, is for those that would prefer to handwrite everything onto their Application Form - and is labeled, "Basic". The second icon, is for those that would rather fill out the Application Form electronically - and is thus labeled, "Electronic".
So if you would, please check out both Application Forms, and let God show you which one He wants you to use. And while you're prayerfully looking over everything, notice if you will, that for your convenience, each one of the forms comes with its own set of simple instructions.
As you're filling out the Application Form, you need to know that Riding To Reach Ministries considers it an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with such important information. As such, know that we WILL NOT give away or sell any personal information for corporate gain or otherwise - to anyone - for any reason - EVER.
Finally, we want to take just a moment here, to thank you for following God's leading to this ministry. We are so very blessed and honored by it. We also want to thank you again for your willingness to go through the application process. We know that all of this will take a bit of time and effort, but we also know, it's well worth it. So with that, may God richly bless you as you prayerfully continue to follow His leading through this.