This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Jason Mauck, executive pastor of Lone Star Cowboy Church.
The name may say “cowboy church,” but it’s just a culture where people are real. They’re authentic. What you see is what you get. A lot of people come in as they are. Our church is full of so many people that are, honestly, not just cowboys.
I think it’s just a place where people feel they’re loved and cared for, where they can come in however they might be and feel like they fit in, even if they’re not a cowboy.
It’s seeing people who may come in with struggles they’re fighting internally or externally. It’s seeing Jesus work in their life and change them and help them work through the things they’re fighting. And it’s seeing the people who have been in the same fight and struggle, willing to surround you, to love you, to walk alongside you, and know what it’s like to be where you’ve been.
Another thing I love is the heart of generosity that exists in this church. Our people are some of the most giving people I’ve ever known. They’re giving of their time to invest in the community. We’ve done that some through the school systems.
They’re giving of their money. We have a program every year around Christmastime called Cowboys for Kids. It has been a passion of Pastor Randy and Pastor Darla (Weaver) since they founded this church back in 2000. They just want to meet families wherever they are in their place of need. We give a $100 gift card at Christmastime to every kid under the age 18 in the family so the family can use it for whatever they need. They can use it for gifts, or maybe they’ll need it for meals.
Last year we raised over $50,000 that we gave away, not just to kids who are part of our church community. We reached out to local schools here and partnered with them to help kids in the school system have a Christmas they wouldn’t otherwise have had because of financial strains. People in the church are the ones sacrificing and sponsoring that. They’re the ones giving money to make that happen.
We also have the Lone Star Beef program. We raise cattle here. We take care of them; we feed them; then we butcher them. We give the beef away free to a lot of different ministries like Teen Challenge, men’s rehabilitation places, and women’s shelters. Beef is one of those things that’s really expensive, and they don’t have an opportunity to purchase protein like that. We give it away for free to help those ministries out. There’s a huge heart of generosity and love that exists here.
We have a (rodeo) arena right on our church property. I don’t how many churches can make that claim. We have roping; we have barrel racing. All kinds of events happen there that are open to the community.
It creates a safe place on our property. People don’t have to come to church to be here. They may come to a roping on a Saturday. And in the process of being here in the arena, they may get to a place where they feel comfortable enough to come check out our church and see what it’s all about. I don’t know if I’ve seen that in the church world.
Pastor Randy and Pastor Darla planted this church in 2000, so we’ve been here almost 19 years.
It started as a Bible Study that met on Monday nights and grew to what it is now.
I’m the executive pastor here at Lone Star Cowboy Church. I get the opportunity to do whatever I can to help take the vision and passion that Pastor Randy and Pastor Darla have and work with the staff to make it a reality.
I’m a jack of all trades. I help with the business aspects of ministry that have to be taken care of. I get to be involved with the ministry leaders. Our mission here is to reach, teach, and disciple. My role is just to facilitate that and do whatever I can to turn that into reality.
I enjoy getting to rope in the arena; I’m learning to do that a little bit. I love to go hunting, and I love to run. I actually just ran my first half-marathon.
I understand that the church stores some items at Montgomery Self Storage. What has been memorable about working with them?
It’s just been a tremendous opportunity for us because we’ve been blessed in some aspects where we’ve grown faster than we’ve been able to keep up with. The ability to have somebody like that in the community we can work with to have space, when we don’t have the space we need on the property, helps.
MSS has given us a way to continue to meet ministry needs we have without spending money on other things. It’s definitely helped us.
Lone Star Cowboy Church holds services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 a.m. Sundays and 7:00 p.m. Mondays. Everyone is welcome. For more from Lone Star Cowboy Church, visit them at https://www.lonestar.tv and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Lone Star Cowboy Church
21627 Eva St.
Montgomery, TX 77356