Pulse‘s founder and president, Nick Hall, announced on Friday (Feb. 24) that there will be an all-ages welcome revival at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Sunday (Feb. 26) from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The event comes on the heels of Asbury University’s unplanned, spontaneous, student-led, continuous worship service, which broke out after chapel on Feb. 8 and concluded after the National Collegiate Day of Prayer this past Thursday (Feb. 23). An estimated 100,000 people of all ages journeyed from all over the nation—some from other countries—to see and participate in what God was doing at the small university of 1,600 students located in the 6,000-person town of Wilmore, Kentucky.
During the National Collegiate Day of Prayer, Asbury University’s president, Kevin Brown, told the students that “the trajectory of renewal is always deeper. The trajectory of renewal is always outward. Discipleship, habituating practices that make us more like Christ, the missional instinct to bend the universe in favor of our neighbor, in favor of the widow, in favor of the orphan, in favor of the alien. The compulsion to bear witness to a different King into a different kingdom and the political statement that Jesus is Lord.”
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Brown posted a statement on the university’s website explaining that Asbury University “cannot stop something we did not start.” He said that “regardless of how we choose to describe what we have seen and experienced over the last several weeks (revival, renewal, awakening, outpouring)—this movement is not finished.” Brown noted that other colleges and churches have experienced similar services.
“We are encouraging the continued movement of God through other people, places, and ministries,” Brown stated.
Hall, who visited the worship service at Asbury University, wasted no time taking Brown’s charge to heart and in a short period of time secured Rupp Arena, the 23,500-seat home of the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team.
“God really worked in my heart during my time at Asbury,” Hall told ChurchLeaders. “For the last few years, students and young adults have become numb to technology and media. They look to their phones and social media and have found a lot of emptiness there. So when the Asbury revival happened a few weeks ago, I had to be there—I had to see how the Holy Spirit was moving for myself.”
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Hall said that what caught his attention was the authenticity. “These are college students who want to worship Jesus, to read the Bible, to repent of their sin, and to pray.” Witnessing that authenticity made a profound impact on him, he shared. “It changed me forever. I went home and, at Pulse, we also experienced revival at our home office over several days and nights.”
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“Pulse exists to make Jesus known” is the first statement visitors read on the Pulse website. Pulse is an evangelistic ministry that aims to bring the hope of Jesus to the next generation by holding events all over the world.
“I knew we had to do something,” Hall said. “We found out we could use Rupp Arena to host a commissioning to send students, young adults, or anyone who has experienced revival to go back to their college campuses, churches, and communities to kindle revival all across the nation.”