The man makes the patch,  the patch doesn't make the man. I don't talk to a prospect any differently than I talk to a full patch.

If you are a supporter, hangaround or Prospect you are still here to Disciple men. You still need to stand up if you see bad behavior or conversation from Disciples.

I remember at the first USA run shortly after we changes the bylaws to disallow smoking in the cut, I was smoking a cigarette. Burns and Rojo came up to me and told me I had to put it out or take off my cut. I can't remember if they were hangaround or supporter at the time,  but I do remember I was national president. They were respectful,  but they discipled me.

Prospecting is about learning protocol. It's about showing and being true who you are. It's about learning to serve, because brothers will serve each other all their lives. It's not about being a wimp,  or pretending to be a nice quiet guy who never says anything.

Being a supporter doesn't mean you don't have a voice. It does mean learning to carefully and respectfully say truth,  but then it's incumbent upon us as Christian ministers to do that at all times to all people. Don't ever be amazed, afraid or overwhelmed by a piece of cotton sewed on a vest. It's the man who makes the patch,  not the patch who makes the man.

James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

The Man Makes the Patch

February 08, 2015 — James Johnson

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