Tour de Tac: Bike Riders to Help Encourage Innovation and Church Planting

Date Posted: 8/9/2018

By: Rev. Morris Matthis

For more than ten years, I have been riding my bike across the Texas Conference for ministry causes. When Bishop Scott Jones, also a bike rider, and I began to talk about how to cast the vision for the creation of new faith communities, it was only natural that he and I would do this from our bikes! And to be honest, aren’t we all better when we are spending time exercising? Physically. Emotionally. And yes, even spiritually. The bike ride is also an amazing way to build relationships and tell our story at the same time.

This fall, several of us will ride our bikes through all nine districts of the Texas Annual Conference to cast a vision for new faith communities and have a conversation about that vision in small group settings. I’d like to invite you to come and be a part of one of these conversations. Riding a bike is NOT a requirement to come to a meeting but if you like to ride, we’d love to have you! Join us for a few miles or go the entire length of the conference, whatever makes sense for you. There is a lot of beautiful country to ride through in the Texas Annual Conference.

We’ll be stopping at churches along the way to talk with pastors and leaders about the historical impact of conference church planting, our strategy for the future, and how you can support this initiative. We also look forward to sharing with you the ways the Conference wants to help you reach those you are not reaching now.

I’m excited about the Tour de Tac but more than that, I’m excited about the conversations we will get to have along the way. I’m also excited to share with you what God is calling our conference to do- Share the good news of Jesus Christ through new faith communities.

For more information on when and where the meetings are and how to be a part of the ride, go to  
“I’m looking forward to riding with you later this Fall in the Tour de Tac and to help cast the vision for reaching people with the good news of the gospel. I hope you will join us, either on your bike or along the route at one of the churches.”
-Bishop Scott J. Jones