Asbury revival shifting locations this week

Published 4:05 pm Monday, February 20, 2023

The Asbury University revival isn’t stopping but the schedule is changing. Sunday was the last public evening service at Hughes Auditorium, school officials said.

Public worship will continue from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. through Wednesday.

Evening services after Sunday at Hughes Auditorium will be reserved only for high schoolers and young adults under 25. The last public afternoon service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. However, evening services will be simulcast in designated overflow spaces.

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On Thursday the National Collegiate Day of Prayer (college and high school age only) will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Hughes Auditorium, which will be closing at midnight.

Beginning Friday, the revival will go off campus at yet-to-be determined sites, according to Asbury University President Kevin Brown.

“As part of Asbury’s intention of encouraging and commissioning others to ‘go out’ and share with others what they have experienced, evening services will be hosted at other locations and no longer held at Asbury University,” a statement on the Asbury website said. “We encourage guests to utilize these other designated facilities for worshiping and gathering. More information will be shared.”

Saturday was another big day on the Asbury University campus with a full house in Hughes Auditorium and thousands of others outside on the lawn and in other campus venues.

Multiple college campuses have reported revival breaking out across the country.

Brown offered the following statement:

“At the completion of a regularly scheduled chapel service on February 8, 2023, at Asbury University, students lingered to pray, worship, and share. They have not stopped and, moreover, have been joined far and wide by hungry men and women across the world who desire to seek the Lord in this space. Since the first day, there have been countless expressions and demonstrations of radical humility, compassion, confession, consecration, and surrender unto the Lord. We are witnessing the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” he wrote.

“We continue to seek to discern the right balance between orderliness for our university students, faculty, and staff and our campus visitors—and creating space for individuals to have a life-transforming, Christ-centered encounter.

“We are also tremendously thankful for the men and women who have worked so hard and diligently to create space for this special move of God. Hosting such a significant moment comes with a cost—and the goodwill and humility of our community has been inspiring. Finally, we cannot fully express the profound gratitude we have for stewarding this outpouring in the life of our school and beyond. Ultimately, we pray that our efforts in these days point to our Savior.”