WILMORE, Ky. (FOX 56) — The nonstop revival service at Asbury University will be taking its first pause.
Since Feb. 8, the public phenomenon has captivated the attention of national outlets and people from all over the country who came to experience the movement in the small, Kentucky town.
Now, Asbury University is shifting.
The students have started a movement they cannot carry on by themselves any longer, and more are expected to arrive from around the world to join the revival.
On Sunday night, Asbury University’s President Dr. Kevin Brown asked for fellow believers to step up and not only help keep the revival going but take on a mentorship role for the new believers, inviting them to local churches and helping the students grow their new-found faith.
Dr. Brown’s request was also followed by an announcement of how Asbury University will be dispersing its revival service across different locations and times starting Monday.
Many people described Sunday night as “beautiful” because while the 24-hour service format was ending, there was still an indescribable feeling of a movement that had just begun.
Asbury received word that the movement has traveled to college campuses across the U.S. The following breakout locations are:
- University of Kentucky
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Kentucky Christian
- Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas
- Jackson High School in Jackson, Georgia
- Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio
- Ohio Christian University
- Lee University, Tennessee
- Bethel in Austin, Texas
- Park University in Parkville, Missouri
- Indiana Wesleyan University
- The Gate Church Charlotte in North Carolina
- King’s Way Church in Birmingham, Alabama
- Kingdom Life Church in Waterville, Maine
What started as just a regular chapel service on Feb. 3rd, was the beginning of a spark, as students did not feel the need to stop worshipping, instead keep going.
Now, thousands more have joined, from across Kentucky, the U.S., and now the world. The auditorium fits just over 1400 people, and it’s been filled every night, plus four more overflow locations.
Asbury has attracted big acts from well-renowned Christian, music artist Kari Jobe, to FOX News political commentator Tucker Carlson, who featured Asbury in one of his nightly newscasts.
The live worship music has also not stopped playing for nearly two weeks, and Asbury University said the last time they saw a revival at this scale was in 1970.
Abby Laub, Communications Director said Asbury University is choosing to call the public phenomenon an outpouring, not a revival because only history will be able to determine it.
“It’s very much a spiritual awakening and if you’re a Christian you would say, “God is moving,” Laub said. “And we’re seeing that in a real way. If you look at what’s going on in the world, especially with ‘Gen Z’, rates of mental health and issues of depression, suicides, they have never been higher than they’ve been. And that’s tragic so we are seeing that students are truly finding hope and healing. I mean we’ve seen stories right before our eyes of students being restored and it’s a beautiful thing.”
The timing of the schedule change just so happens to be changing just ahead of Thursday, when there’s is a global event called the “Collegiate Day of Prayer”, which is dedicated to the same focus as Asbury’s, and that’s praying for the current generation of college students.
Live streams of the “outpouring” services are now available to watch via online. To access the live stream, please visit asbury.edu/outpouring. The following times are:
- Sunday (Feb. 19): 6:30–10 p.m.
- Monday (Feb. 20): 1–4 p.m., 7:30–10 p.m.
- Tuesday (Feb. 21): 1–4 p.m., 7:30–10 p.m.
- Wednesday (Feb. 22): 1–4 p.m., 7:30–10 p.m.
- Thursday (Feb. 23), Collegiate Day of Prayer: 8–10 p.m.
Live streaming from cell phones is still prohibited in all venues.