Stock Show Brings More to Cowboy Church Doors

Cowboy Church service bring in record crowds

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Sunday, Jan 23, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 PM CDT
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Fort Worth Stock Show offers church services for cowboys in town for this year's Rodeo.

Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBCDFW

Fort Worth Stock Show offers church services for cowboys in town for this year's Rodeo.

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Attendees of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo had a slightly different idea of church attire this Sunday. The Shepherd's Valley Cowboy Church, based out of Cleburne, held services at the Stock Show Auditorium.

"They all wear Cowboy hats in our Church. No one wears a suit in our church," says Cowboy Church member Sharon Dodson.

Pastor Russ Weaver, also dressed in cowboy attire, says it is a chance for traveling cowboys to worship while participating at the Stock Show.

"When they are away from their hometown or home church, it's nice to have a church they can go to. We can fill in a little bit, while they are away," said Weaver.

Sunday's service had as many as 700 attendee.  In preparation for the expectedly large crowd, this year the service was moved to the Stock Show Auditorium to allow more cowboys and their families to enjoy service.  Attendees we spoke to said they enjoyed the music, a spiritual message, fellowship and the added space.

For Weaver, the opportunity to share the message of God to fellow cowboys is an honor.

"A lot of the Cowboys are Christians. I mean strong believers, solid Christians, and they use their faith as foundation for life," says Pastor Weaver.

More services are planned for the run of the Stock Show. The next service will be Sunday, January 30 at 10 a.m. in the Stock Show Auditorium.

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