We participate at races, car shows, cruise-ins and tractor pulls. You can
see our staff at drag strips, circle tracks, road courses and the lakes too. One
might see us at a meeting with wild customs, radical street rods or those
restoration projects seeking to duplicate (or improve upon) showroom condition.
But through it all we remember that
Team RFC is a group of people whose love of the Lord is so strong that we include him in our everyday activities... even on race day or at the car
shows. Our motto is "Bringing Inspiration to the World of Motorsports." To do so we provide chapel services, pastoral care, outreach and Christian
"Cars are our Passion,
People are our
Team RFC was established in
1971 by Arnie Krueger, and incorporated as a non-profit in 1978, as fellowship for Christians
in the sport of motor racing, and has developed into a growing organization
with broad impact across North America and beyond. The overall purpose of
RFC's involvement in motor racing is to service emotional and spiritual needs.
Realizing that racing is more than just a mechanized existence, we strive to
bring a more balanced perspective in providing inspiration and encouragement
In the United
States alone, over 75 million people (nearly one-third of the population) are
said to attend motorsports events each year, establishing this as one of the
fastest growing spectator sports in America. Team RFC uses this growing
popularity as a "platform" from which to express its message of love and
inspiration to motorsports.
Christian Motorsports International, Inc. family of ministries conducts
non-denominational chapel services at local and professional racing events
nationwide, providing pre-race chapel services, invocations, and a pastoral
presence for more than 2000 racing events each racing year -- including drag
racing, open wheel racing, motorcycle racing, boat racing, stock car racing,
off-road racing, airplane racing, and street rodding events. Professional and amateur racers, crew members, sponsors
and officials regularly attend these chapels, with attendance
occasionally more than 450. Larry Smiley - president of RFC - also serves as
the official chaplain of the National Hot Rod Association, the world's
largest racing organization.
many people involved in motorsports, either as a profession or as a hobby,
consistent participation in a local church body is difficult. For some, Team
RFC provides the pastoral support not unlike that which they would find from a
home church, including: communion, weddings, vow renewals, baptisms, baby
dedications, hospital visits, sick calls, memorial services, and funerals.
Purpose / Message
The overall purpose of Team RFC is to service the
emotional and spiritual needs of the world of motorsports. Realizing that
life, racing, and rodding involve more than just a mechanized existence, we
strive to bring a balance of perspective in providing inspiration and
encouragement to people as a whole.
The means by which we strive to fulfill our calling is to
communicate the power and message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to individuals
participating in the world of motorsports ... using motor racing as the
"platform" from which we express our message of love and inspiration.
The key to our successful involvement with motorsports is
in clearly defining the focus and magnitude of that purpose. Our four-fold
purpose and major reasons for being are as follows.
FELLOWSHIP: We want to serve as an encouragement
for Christian fellowship among those within the world of motorsports. We
intend to become instrumental in bringing believers together and building a
far greater sense of "oneness" and Christian unity.
PASTORAL CARE: We serve in a pastoral role to
Christians who are actively participating in motorsports and racing. Many
racing participants are away from their home church much of the year, and
through the implementation of track-side chapel services and other creative
means, we serve to meet this vital need normally met through a local church.
This includes, but is not limited to, pastoral guidance, performing weddings,
conducting funerals and memorial services, hospital calls, sick calls, jail
visits, and offering the sacraments of baptism and communion.
EVANGELISM: Whenever possible and practical, we
shall serve as a missionary outreach, striving to find effective expressions
of God's love which will be relevant to the cultural climate of the sport of
motor racing. Motorsports is the ideal platform from which we are able to
share the love of Jesus Christ and our genuine concern for others.
SERVICE: We also wish to function as an active
service organization to the world of motorsports, helping to meet practical
needs by expressing the true servanthood of Jesus Christ and the unselfish
attitude of the Christian faith.
Team RFC is a spiritual ministry concerned with
the soul of man, and as such we endeavor to bring help and healing to the
total man. Our message for mankind is that through faith and trust in Christ
one can be forgiven and cleansed from the power of sin through the sacrificial
death of Jesus Christ on the cross. We strongly believe and affirm that … only
a relationship with Jesus Christ and the application of the Word of God truly
and completely changes lives.
The ministry of Team RFC is committed to and
developed around this vital principle. The knowledge that we have been
forgiven and that we no longer need to be controlled by sin, becomes the
motivation to change our values and lifestyle. Christ within gives us the
power to overcome the loneliness and nothingness that once filled our life.
When we invite Him into our life, His fullness replaces the emptiness that one
existed, and life becomes truly rich and full.
The vision of Team RFC is to see the world of
motorsports impacted for Jesus Christ by individuals entering into a personal
relationship with Him and growing in those relationships.
The mission of Team RFC is to serve people in the
world of motorsports in the name of Jesus Christ through providing fellowship,
pastoral care, evangelism, and service.
“Bringing Inspiration to the World of Motorsports”
RFC is a non-denominational ministry to the world of motorsports. As such, it is vital to maintain a basic, evangelical doctrine and statement of faith. Although our staff come from a variety of doctrinal backgrounds and personal beliefs, we strive to prevent RFC from being identified with any particular denomination or church affiliation.
Our official Statement of Faith therefore stresses the most essential doctrines and tenets of faith, as we strive to maintain doctrinal integrity at all times.
1) We Believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
2) We Believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
3) We Believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
4) We Believe in the present and ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose in-dwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
5) 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 damnation.
6) We Believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.
Our doctrinal emphasis centers around the person and life of Jesus Christ, his life giving teachings, and the Biblical principles by which we are encouraged to live a life of victory, fulfillment, and purpose by God's grace and empowerment.
We are committed to Christian maturity, discipleship, and outreach-elements which form the heart and vision of Team RFC and Christian Motorsports International.
What is required to serve with Team RFC?
Perhaps you have a desire to serve in some capacity with
Team RFC. All events are covered by a staff of volunteer ministers, a few are credentialed ministers, and yet the vast majority of them are laymen.. These staff members serve as
pastors and chaplains on various sportsman and racing circuits. To learn more, go to Who Could Be a Chaplain?
God's faithful blessing has enabled us to envision
and fulfill a number of 1st's in our exciting ministry to motorsports,
having developed over the years...
- The first-ever ongoing Protestant chapel service for the Indianapolis 500.
- The first-ever Prayer Breakfast for the Specialty Equipment Market
Association.(SEMA) and SCORE Off-Road shows.
- The first "official
chaplain" appointed by a national race-sanctioning organization.
first network of official track chaplains at racing facilities
30,000 ... and counting!
2011 RFC was privileged to conduct more than
803 pre-race chapel services, and we ministered to a combined
attendance of more than 32,000 people through our chapel service program
- through which hundreds have committed their lives to Christ! We were involved in 2,199 ministry events including 13 weddings, 94 funerals or memorial services and more than 146 hospital visits or sick calls.
lessons have been reinforced in our understanding ... God is always
faithful in His vision, and it takes a team of dedicated people to bring
that vision into fulfillment. Those who deserve recognition for the
success of Team RFC are our faithful donors and committed volunteer staff. We
could not fulfill the vision and challenge God has set before us without
As a non-profit ministry, we have no other source
of income than the donations we receive from gracious racers and fans
who believe in us and wish to become part of our challenging vision.