StadiumFest brings message home

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Evangelist Scott Dawson would love to see Seibert Stadium fill with people seeking Christ at StadiumFest on April 25, but even if he doesn’t he feels like God’s work is already in play.

“We’re praying for the stadium to be packed,” Dawson said. “We’ve trained 300 people to talk with new believers about Christ. We’ve brought people from more than 12 different denominations together … God is at work.”

The family-focused event offers a full day of activities and opportunities to hear the gospel.

“In most traditional outreach events it’s a one and done mentality,” Dawson said. “But here the timing of our messages are being done strategically to share the gospel six times throughout the day so that people won’t miss the message.”

The day’s schedule begins with activities in the Bronner Burgess Playground area from noon to 3:30. This area will feature Tuey Wilson, BibleMan, Ric Callahan, Veggie Tales’ Larry and Bob, Hermie (of Hermie and Wormie), an obstacle course, inflatables, face painting and games.

There will also be an extreme sports demo between 2:30-3:30 p.m. featuring Real Encounter BMX.

“The whole day is about Jesus. It’s about how to discover that personal relationship,” Dawson said.

Personal relationships have helped Dawson create successful events like StadiumFest for the past 20 years.

This event includes big names such as Kevin Derryberry, Chris Tomlin, Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey, Louie Giglio, Rush of Fools and Jeremy Camp. Musicians begin taking the stage at 3:30 Saturday afternoon and close around 9:30.

“All of these musicians and speakers are people we’ve worked with throughout the years,” Dawson said. “So, Saturday will just be a day of friends gathering together, talking about the one who wants to be our best friend.”

Dawson added there will be trained encouragers to pray with new Christians or those wishing to recommit their lives. The night will conclude with a 10-minute fireworks display. For more information, visit