I n 2011, we launched our first Circuit Rider School in Kona, Hawaii at the Youth With A Mission campus. We were inspired by the original story of the Methodist Circuit Riders and their sacrifice, impact and dedication to multiplying the message of the gospel. We had no idea if young people would gather around such an obsolete piece of history… But we stepped out in faith and were stunned when the Lord brought us 300 fiery young people all hungry for revival.
T he original Circuit Riders were a movement of selfless, dedicated individuals who gave their very lives to reaching the lost, forming discipleship settings, and shifting the culture around them through wholehearted obedience to Scripture. Their zeal for God created a contagion of simple obedience to the teachings of Jesus and resulted in a movement later described as the First Great Awakening.
T hat same original passion that the Circuit Riders exemplified is alive and well in the heart of a modern generation. Today it looks like gospel centered lifestyles. A people who love Jesus with all their hearts. The original Circuit Riders rode their horses across America and today we use every tool available to reach this generation with Jesus’ salvation.
Statement of Faith
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Circuit Riders (CR) is an initiative born out of YWAM and ascribes to the same statement of faith which follows. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world. We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
“Andy Byrd has been a missionary with YWAM since 1998, working from Alaska, Maui and Kona Hawaii on worldwide assignments. He’s a leader of leaders, a man of Godly character, the highest of Christian standards with an amazing communication skill given by God. Beyond his leadership ministry, he’s a teacher of the word, a model of Christlikeness and I commend him and his ministry to YWAM locations around the world and to the body of Chirst. With great passion he leads and lives and prays for a new spiritual awakening in this new generation. His vision for Circuit Riders is to follow in many of the principles and footsteps of the Wesleyan revivals centuries ago, but with modern methodologies, technologies and applications.”
Founder – Youth With A Mission
The Circuit Rider acts as a dynamic presence in the Body of Christ today. This ministry is releasing catalysts for revival and offering divine strategies to spread the gospel in a world that’s desperately hungry for God’s Truth and Love. I heartily support both the vision and outreach of this ministry!
Founding Paster, HROCK Church
President, Harvest International Ministry
I count it a joy and privilege to build the Kingdom of God alongside the Circuit Rider and their quality leadership team. They’re an inspiration to our generation and I can truly say they carry a fresh and passionate drive to fulfill the Great Commission. I support their ministry and more than that, I feel honoured to call them friends of the Dunamis Movement!
“Something fresh is happening and there are emerging ministries that I’m excited to endorse. Fire and Fragrance and The Circuit Rider have proven to be ministries of integrity. Such leaders as Andy Byrd and his peers, carry a huge vision yet are sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God in the small things and carry a ministry most of all marked by love.”
Youth With A Mission
“An anointing a sovereign move of God, and a movement that may emerge as a result, is first recognized in the spirit. We have observed over time Gods’s hand on Andy Byrd and the teams that give leadership to the training and convening of the Fire and Fragrance schools and the Circuit Rider events. They are giving the multi-generations a clarion call and ‘practical how to’ discipleship tools to see peoples and places transformed for the glory of God.”
Leader in Youth With A Mission
“In 30 years of ministry I have found Fire and Fragrance, a fresh wind in YWAM, to be one of the most fruitful fields I’ve ever sown in. Andy Byrd, Sean Fuecht, Brian Brent and friends, have received me as a father, and are lighting 2 great torches together in the earth, the torch of prayer and fasting with the torch of mission and GO! The arrow of evangelism is being shot from the fully bent bow of fiery prayer furnaces. Can you imagine it! Every place where YWAM is proclaiming the gospel across the earth, prayer furnaces of continuous worship arises to heaven. These are the new moravian lamp stands. They are the welcoming party of the Lord Jesus Christ heralding the Lord’s coming in revival and in His coming again. I love these guys!”
“My friend Andy Byrd is an emerging young apostle of missions and prayer. His life is being used by God to catalyze a new move of missionary revivalists who are going to the hardest darkest places of the earth saying, ‘May the Lamb who was slain receive His reward.’ It is with joy that I recommend him to you!”
Fire Rain Ministries
“Passion for God! Passion to see the emerging generation impacted with the grace of Jesus! Fearless in their quest to reach the universities with the truth of The Gospel! Powerful in their love for people! Unique in their strategies! The Circuit Riders are on the cutting edge of a ‘love revolution’ among youth. They are simply doing the stuff, and doing it with love, and demonstrating the humility of Jesus. I think the Circuit Riders are giving us all a glimpse of what The Book of Acts was like.”
President Messenger Fellowship
CR is a group of young passionate people who love Jesus and are relentless in sharing that love. They are part of a growing movement of young and old who are both bold and courageous, willing to give of themselves freely to those who are spiritually seeking.
The Circuit Riders and Project 21 are training and sending Good News teams to university campuses and centers across North America. I’ve been so encouraged to see some of the best and brightest of an emerging generation of leaders devoting themselves to a lifestyle of worship, prayer, servanthood and the proclamation of the simple Gospel. Spending time with this crew, the joyful love and singleness of heart fills me with hope for the future. They are an antidote to their generation’s cynicism, and a bright light of holiness and joy in the midst of a corrupt culture. As one who has followed Jesus for more than 40 years, upon seeing the purity in their motives, I want to adapt some of the words of Paul to the Philippians: [They] do everything without complaining or arguing, so that [they] may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which [they] shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that [we] may boast on the day of Christ that [we] did not run or labor for nothing.”
Life Center Ministries International
“I had the honor of being a part of the first school of the Circuit Rider that was launched in Kona, HI in the summer of 2011. God released a sound during that time that is still echoing around the nations. I am excited to both be a part of this ministry as well as recommend the leadership, vision, and integrity of this growing movement. The School of the Circuit Rider is carrying an important message to a young breed of leaders to awaken and be mobilized in saving the lost, reviving the saved, and training them all.”
Founder and Director of Burn 24-7
“I am a close friend and full supporter of Circuit Riders which is a ministry of Youth With A Mission. God has uniquely highlighted this piece of American history, the Circuit Riders, and I believe this ministry is one of the catalysts towards re-awakening America into national revival. It’s an exciting vision to see the lost saved, the saved revived and all of them trained into lifestyles of genuine worship & dependence on God ending in powerful gospel proclamation and discipleship. I fully endorse their schools and commend the leadership of this movement as they seek to exalt Jesus in the hearts of men and nations. ”
Director International House of Prayer
“Circuit Riders and Fire and Fragrance are two of the purest ministries I have seen, their love for the Father, their passion for Jesus and their openness to the Holy Spirit is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend these ministries without reservation to anyone wanting to carry the glory of the Lord, on earth as it is in heaven. Circuit Riders/Fire and Fragrance rocks.”
PhD, Funding Director Iris Global