Riding for Boys: Inside a Christian Motor Club
Seated on their metal steeds, they sped down the highway on their way to a church service in a nearby town.
People turned their heads and people looked up from their phones as the CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) walked to a small non-bicycle church for a Sunday service. Inter-denominational daily to help spread the word of God.
Motor gangs and clubs are often associated with heavy-duty, often outlawed motorcycle clubs such as the Hells Angels, Bandidos, and Warlocks.
In contrast, CMA, founded in 1975 by Arkansas pastor Herb Shreve, aims to bring the word of God to the community of cyclists they ride with.
CMA South Africa started in 1980 and has more than 1,000 members in almost every city and town in the country. This is a multi-denominational, multiracial ministry and uses ‘friendship spread’ in the cyclist community to try to reach out to cyclists who may need help and eventually can give your life to God and become a member.
Part of their duties also include praying for safe motorbike riding, getting new motorbikes in the club, helping motorcyclists and hospital riders, as well as like going to motorcycle rallies to show their support in their stands.
By bringing the Bible to the streets and to other motorists, CMA aims to bring God’s Word to a culture that is often misunderstood and feared.