Sharing the GospelAt The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Congratulations to our 2018 Sturgis Bike Giveaway Winner!
Chris Matthews from Colorado.
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TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
Thank you for giving of your time!
Below you will see a letter from Garvon Golden concerning the Future of the Dakota Baptist Convention’s involvement with the “Sturgis Bike Giveaway”.
Dear Pastors, Church Leaders and Partners:
For the last 13 years the Dakota Baptist Convention has organized an evangelism ministry at the Sturgis motorcycle rally. At this rally we would train over 150 volunteers to share their testimony evangelistically in three minutes. We would rent a space on or near Main Street, purchase a Harley motorcycle and during the week would share our stories and give hearers the opportunity to sign up for a drawing for the bike at the end of the week and, more importantly, invite the hearers to receive Jesus. Over the 13 years we have shared with thousands; and hundreds of listeners have prayed to receive Christ. We have given away 13 motorcycles and provided housing for countless volunteers. It has truly been a transformational time for those who have prayed to receive Christ, a transforming experience for the volunteers from across the nation who shared and a blessing for our state staff to be a part of a ministry like this one.
For 13 years many associations, individuals, churches and state conventions have partnered with us financially. The North American Mission Board and the Georgia Baptist Convention have been significant financial partners. Our average yearly budget for this ministry has averaged $50,000 to $60,000 each year. Seeing what God has done over these last 13 years has been a blessing and highlight of my ministry here in the Dakotas.
With that being said, after much prayer and discussion with our staff we have come to the decision that this year will end the convention’s involvement in this ministry. We have made this decision based on the following reasons:
- While we are grateful to the North American Mission Board allowing us to use our evangelism money for this national evangelism ministry, we have come to the conclusion that these resources need to be invested in helping our local churches in doing evangelism in their local communities. We believe that these financial resources are needed to reach college students, assist churches in touching their own communities with the gospel and investing in language and ethnic evangelism – especially among our Native American populations.
- While the motorcycle ministry has been a national ministry with involvement from volunteers across the nation, the truth of the matter is that involvement from Dakotans has been minimal and the impact of this ministry on our own churches and their evangelism has been minimal as well. It is time to invest our resources in evangelism activity that will have a greater impact on reaching Dakotans for Christ and that will impact our local churches on a year-round basis.
- At the inception of this ministry, it has been an initiative of the state convention. It was birthed in the state office led by our state staff. It has been an all-hands-on-deck type of ministry. It has taken more time and more and more energy from our staff as our staff has decreased over the last 13 years with the work falling on less and less people. Though we are thankful for our volunteers who year after year have helped us greatly, it is time for our staff to focus our energy and time that has been devoted to the rally ministry to be focused on our churches, pastors and leaders in the Dakotas.
- We have said that as a Convention we believe that churches should initiate their work and the convention should be there to help them accomplish it. In other words, “You can do it… We can help.” As the rally stands today, we are saying to our churches “We can do it and you can help.” The latter statement goes against our philosophy of how to do state work.
Our desire is to have a successful, effective Sturgis Rally ministry in 2019. We want to celebrate what God has allowed us to do these last 13 years. We are willing to talk to anyone who would like to pick this ministry up and carry it on. If anyone out there would like to do so, we would be glad to help in any way. We are looking forward to what God is going to do to help us assist our churches in evangelism and discipleship and see the churches of the Dakotas grow.
So, to our Dakota churches, let’s revision how we can be more effective in reaching the Dakotas. Let’s give our energy, time and resources afresh and anew to reach Dakotans for the Kingdom. I look forward to what God is going to do in the future among us.
If you have any questions or concerns about this decision, feel free to call or email me and I would be happy to engage with you in a conversation about this new direction.
Executive Director / Treasurer
Dakota Baptist Convention
P.O. Box 549
Rapid City, SD. 57709
Thank you for traveling to Sturgis to share your 3-minute testimonies this past year. God did amazing things! Watch this follow-up video from Garvon Golden and Buck Hill of the Dakota Baptist Convention.