WHY ACTION SPORTS?
DEMOGRAPHIC WE'RE REACHING
When Ride Nature was founded in 2009, we quickly realized that a large majority of the kids that we were investing in were coming from single parent homes, many without fathers, they had a background or exposure to drugs, alcohol, generally were from lower income homes, and were naturally very rebellious.
This is the culture that we are reaching and group that is very much unreached by the corporate church.
The unique thing about the action sport industry is that there is no separation or division between the age groups at skateparks or in the ocean. You can have 35 year old men hanging out with 12 year old kids and sadly more times than not, the influence taking place in that environment is not positive. Our goal as an organization is to change that while providing positive role models and influences for the youth involved at the parks and in the water.
Several years ago USA TODAY announced that here in the United States there are more children between the ages of 7-18 SKATEBOARDING than there are playing little league baseball. In countries around the world like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, China, and Japan, the action sports culture and industry is rapidly exploding and quickly becoming more popular than sports even as widespread as soccer. We believe that the action sports industry and scene is one of the most influential factors on youth worldwide, and sadly most youth are falling into the worldly and negative influence that many times revolve around action sports.
The Gospel in and of itself is simple, but sharing it, advancing it, and making disciples is NOT easy. Being intentional, especially with youth and taking the time to invest into their lives is hard, costly, requires time, energy, comfort, finances, and ultimately our lives. This is our strategy...to give all of the above. It isn't complicated, but just costly.
"Twenty years ago, the phrase was, 'if you don't reach a young person by 18, you probably won't reach them. Now, atheists and agnostics have the same access to your kids as you do, it's just one click away. The internet has leveled the playing field and now if you don't reach a child by their 12th birthday, you won't reach them."
- Josh McDowell
OUR CORE VALUES
Gospel Centered - This is at the core of all that we do. Without the Gospel, everything is in vane.
Intentional in Relationship Building - We believe in being intentional with every relationship and individual put in front of us.
Discipleship Focused - In order for the ministry to grow and the Gospel to advance, discipleship making is key.
Empowering Others - Supporting indigenous leaders and those ready to serve where they are, who know the culture, language, and customs.
Leading by Example - "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." - Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1) That we can represent Jesus and set a strong example of Christ followers.
Consistency in Ministry - Letting our yes be yes and no be no. Serving and watering the seeds that are planted consistently is very important for us.
Perseverance and Endurance - "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9
Eternally Minded - Our life is short. We desire to make the most of it every day.
Raw and Humble - By the world's standards, our team is unfit to be doing what we are doing. God equips those He calls, He doesn't just call the equipped.
Stewardship Conscious - Making the most of every resource given to us and using those to the fullness of their potential.
Accountability Emphasizing - We need each other to stay focused on Jesus and to continue to learn what it means to die to ourselves.
Partnering and Utilizing the Local Church - Where the church does not exist, our goal is to plant. Where it does, our goal is to support, lift up, and unify.
Sustainability Driven - We are driven by a vision to develop sustainable ministry models and are working on developing ways to empower leaders this way.
Unreached Targeting - The fact that there are people who have yet to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ keeps us awake at night...until every ear hears.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative and perfect Word of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that there is only one God, who eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Deity-John 1:1) (Atonement-Hebrews 9:15-22) (Virgin Birth-Matthew 1:18, 25) (Bodily Resurrection-1 Corinthians 15:1-8) (Sinless Life-Hebrews 4:15) (Personal Return-Hebrews 9:27-28)
We believe that for the salvation for unbelievers is only found through Jesus Christ and forgiveness is absolutely essential. (John 3:16;John 5:24; Titus 3:3-7)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13,14)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternity without Christ in darkness. (Matthew 25:31-46, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:1-4)