Churches are always looking for ways to step outside of the walls. Cross Timbers Cowboy Church in Lufkin has done it with a very unique event at their rodeo arena.
The monthly "Buck Out" event has become a popular with the church and community members.
The event features riding for all levels with the more experienced riders competing for a cash prize. Whoever is the last rider left to ride for 8 seconds will win a $500 prize.
Bull riders say that entering the arena is not for everyone.
"I guess we are just a little bit different and we have fun doing it," said rider Clint Andrews.
The bulls are big and not easy to tame.
"Look at them," Andrews said. "It's not like you can get in a car or something you can control. They got a mind of their own. All you can do is live on faith"
Even though they appear mean, the bulls are serving a purpose at the church.
"it is a very strong faith based kind of a sport," said organizer Chuck Griffith.
The event meets once a month giving bull riders an opportunity to compete in a family friendly environment.
The riders are from all over but say the event makes them feel right at home.
"It's new to me," said rider Ty James. "I'm from Louisiana and we don't have too many churches like this. It's just fun to come out here with all the families out here."
While the more experienced riders hope to take home a cash prize, the event also offers opportunities for first time riders to get on a young bull and learn what it takes to make it in the arena.
"I don't know everything about it," James said. "Everybody keeps helping me out as I'm going along and I like to help anyone that asks me."
They ride with the ultimate goal of finding faith outside of the church walls.
"We come out here and have fun and praise the Lord while we're having a good time," Andrews said.
The next event at the church will be June 16 at 6 p.m. There will be a $1,000 jackpot prize since no one won the $500 prize this month. Riders can get in for free. Admission is $2 for 16 years-old and up. Children are free. The money from the gate is to help pay for the light bill. Cross Timbers Cowboy Church is located at 4977 U.S. 69N in Lufkin.
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