Churches plan to ‘Ignite’ western N.C.
BR staff
March 24, 2010

Churches plan to ‘Ignite’ western N.C.

Churches plan to ‘Ignite’ western N.C.
BR staff
March 24, 2010

Western churches are

preparing for the Ignite rally in the Asheville Civic Center April 30-May 2,

culminating several years of regional youth rallies.

Ignite rallies started in

2006 out of concern for the spiritual health of youth in Maggie Valley,

according to organizer Ricky Mason, pastor of Maggie Valley’s First Baptist


A special event at the

Stompin’ Ground Dance Hall elicited “phenomenal response” Mason said, with

average attendance of 1,500 and with 300 professions of faith recorded.

Since the initial meeting,

14 other Ignite events have been held at Lake Junaluska, Western Carolina

University, Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Andrews, Brevard, Mars Hill College,

Spruce Pine, Asheville and Marion. More than 2,000 youth and adults have made

professions of faith.

This movement is building

toward the largest event so far with an area wide Ignite three-night rally to

take place April 30-May 2 at the Asheville Civic Center. More than 7,000 youth

and adults are expected each evening as churches from all over bring their

church families and unsaved friends.

Mason said the planning

committee has set a goal of 2,000 professions of faith. The event is

interdenominational and is free.

Evangelist Clayton King, who

has preached the Ignite events, will be the primary speaker, with Carlton

Cartee providing music leadership.