Friday, July 24, 2015

Disciples Way Christian Coffeehouse: 90 Day Update

DWC Update: a few months back God gave me a vision to start some churches around the country. Let me give you an update.

God is good to us man, we have a free sanctuary to meet in, the utilities are paid, it’s amazing. It’s already come in useful as a clubhouse over and over, providing a place for people to stay, and a convenient place for our club meetings. For church, we meet on Sunday mornings for worship and Thursday evenings for Life Group. Our numbers aren’t high, because we have spent some time just building a core group, before we start advertising. However, as we get more dedicated leadership, we intend to turn the advertising back on. Pray that God will raise up Children’s Education leaders, so we are more prepared as kids come in.

Currently we are working to start “Saturday Concerts at Disciples Way”. The goal is to bring in a Christian metal band, rap artist, or local church youth band, and put on a free show for the 14-24 age group in the community. Currently there is nothing like this at all in the area, secular or Christian, and kids are either bored at home or our doing things they shouldn’t be. Kids will see a free show, be fed, get bags of food to take home from our food bank (there are a lot of hungry kids in this poor community), see an illustrated sermon by one of about 20 local youth groups who are rotating through, and play pool, foosball, basketball, and just hang out coffeehouse style.

If you can imagine what it would have been to grow up in a motorcycle club house, that’s what these kids will get here. Just with Christian bikers they can look up to. It’s gonna be legit.

We also are sponsoring the GRACE IN YOUR FACE concert, which will have 5 local Christian metal bands, and should draw hundreds. It’s gonna be amazing.
In Ohio, Dayton Disciples Way got started too. They had their first Life Group and were able to reach out to folks who needed the Word. They are pumped and we are pumped for them. We have identified a total of 13 DCMC cities who have requested information on starting Disciples way.
We are working on a process for ordination currently. This includes audio classes on CD, books with study guides, and an accountability program. This will be rolled out in the next few months. Please be patient, we are working as fast as we can to make it happen!

Thanks for sowing into what God is doing with Disciples Way. Every financial goal we have had so far has been met. It’s amazing. Each and every milestone we had to hit went by effortlessly. God has provided the people, the talent and the experience to make this thing awesome. Please continue praying for us, because for sure, God is on the Move!!

James Disciple Johnson
National President & Founder, Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

Pastor, Disciples Way Christian Coffeehouse

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mission Statement: To Disciple men to have a daily Word and Prayer time, and to support the 1% world in prayer.

Mission Statement: To Disciple men to have a daily Word and Prayer time, and to support the 1% world in prayer.

DANG!!! Won’t James just shut up about the rebel flag already? Yes, I will (mostly). God has released me to stop, just like He released me to go. I get it, not all of you share my views, and many of you have shared them on your personal page, just as I have shared mine on my personal page. But now at least, you are aware that we have black bros in the club, and we will and must respect their views as they respect ours. We agree to disagree, but we don’t call people uneducated because they have different doctrine than us (baptist, catholic, pentacostal), or because they have different experiences and worldview.

And finally I ask, do we as an organization support diversity of race? The answer is YES. We accept all men regardless of race. We should be proud of that, because many (but not all) so called Christian organizations are as segregated as can be.

So what are we doing to promote ethnic diversity? Such a concept must be intentional because it doesn’t happen by accident. Wrong or right, many people of color see a gnarly looking spiked and bearded brotherhood like us and assume, based on how they were treated by others who look like us, that they are not welcome here.

Are we here for only white 1% clubs, or all 1% clubs? Are we actively pursuing going to motorcycle functions where only or mostly black people will be? When was the last time we rolled into a black 1% club? Are we aware, cognizant and sensitive to the fact that people of color may see us as unfriendly? Do we go out of our way to cross that line? Here in South Carolina the race wars are happening, blacks and whites in street fights over a flag. Blacks almost always surprised, and do a double take when I make a point of opening a door or smile at them. A smile can go a long way. There is a dialog here to be had with the black bros in our club, and the issue of a symbol, a flag, that means SO MUCH to so many is an open door to begin it.

So lets begin by honoring Gods decision to have different pigments on people. Lets get out to some events and show we consider African Americans to be equal too. Hmm, Im preaching to myself here.

James Disciple Johnson
National President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club