He said the free meal is a potluck of sorts because most attendees will be bringing their wild game dishes to participate in a cook-off. Dishes in the past have included elk, dove, venison, turkey and catfish. About 300 to 400 people are expected to attend.
"We do it as an outreach to people in the community, to try to let them know there’s more to church than just Sunday morning,” McCown said.
Meanwhile, Fackler wrote a book incorporating his love of hunting and faith. "God Moments From a Deer Stand” is a 30-day devotional for deer hunters. Fackler said he is not sure whether Crossings will create a ministry geared for sportsmen and sportswomen, but the Beast Feast was an important "grass roots” step toward reaching that population.
Clay said outreach is what these ministries are all about.
He said that was the reason he and friends Landon Wood and Clayton Edgar joined forces for their Final Descent Outdoors ministry.
The men are working on a DVD series that combines hunting and faith elements. They hope the series may lead to a companion devotional.
Clay said First Baptist Church of Sulphur has been diligent about offering outreach activities for specific populations. Those activities have included fishing trips, rodeo events and an llinois River float trip.
Whether the activities lead people to begin attending church or join the church is not a concern as long as the people are given an opportunity to establish a relationship with the Lord and those who serve Him, Clay said.
"It’s not our job to play the Holy Spirit. It’s our job to get them in the place to let the Holy Spirit do the work,” Clay said.
Clay said his ministry has not received any criticism from animal lovers or people opposed to hunting thus far. He said he thinks that could be attributed to the hunting tradition in Oklahoma.
"We have two big traditions here: hunting and religion,” he said.
"Combining those two hasn’t really shocked anyone in Oklahoma.”