12 Days Can Change Your Life
I’m still not clear on what this is
Spoke Folk is unique…it’s part mission trip, part summer camp, part missionary training…it’s often difficult for someone involved with this ministry to accurately and fully explain what it is to someone new to Spoke Folk. Here’s what we know for sure; God has been working through the programming of Spoke Folk to affect youth and young adults for His glory since 1979 and there’s nothing else like it.
What happens on a Spoke Folk tour?
Each tour begins at a home church, where the group completes four days of training. During training, the group practices music, prepares puppet shows and skits, takes training bike rides, and begins to bond as a group. After these four days, the tour is ready to share their program with the congregations they visit and the love of Jesus with the people they meet.
Once on the road, the tour bikes around 35 miles each day to a new host church. Support vans transport luggage and equipment and provide snacks and water support. While participants typically bike in small groups, the entire tour eats a picnic lunch together halfway through the day.
Do you need to be a biker? Absolutely not! These people, from different places all over the country, encourage one another, grow in faith together, and become like family on tour…and biking is just one small part of what makes up your Spoke Folk experience.
What about the spiritual growth?
In the evening, the tour shares their music program with the host congregation. After the performance and spending time in fellowship with the congregation, the tour takes time for worship and discipleship training focused on four spiritual habits (prayer, being in the Word, alone time with God, and engaging in a discipleship relationship). This happens through large group devotions, small group “family time,” and individual time with the Lord.
You mentioned the amazing Spoke Folk community…
Although a Spoke Folk tour ends after just 12 short days when the tour arrives back at the home church, the community of Spoke Folk continues off tour. Lifelong friendships that encourage faith in God are often formed through Spoke Folk. If you are a follower of Jesus, we hope you’ll consider joining us on an upcoming tour. If you feel depleted or spiritually empty and are looking for a place that will build you up and help strengthen your relationship with Jesus and with others, join us this summer!
Counselors (21+ year olds): without you, we can’t have a tour! Click HERE to apply. Counselors must submit to a background check, provide references, and share their faith story. We want to make sure all counselors are well grounded in their faith and ready to help lead a tour. You will be prompted to pay $10 for the background check during the application process. Background checks are good for 36 months.
Counselors participate in all the same activities as participants. Spoke Folk is like one big happy family where everyone is involved in the program, biking, devos, one-on-ones, etc.
Each tour’s group of counselors will need to participate in 2-3 pre-tour virtual meetings to discuss logistics, counselor jobs, and to get to know each other so as to be on the same page on day 1 of Spoke Folk. You are also encouraged to arrive earlier in the day on the first day of tour.