Spiritual Awakening of Orlando's Gen Busters Begins Feb. 25 during Fusion + Orlando Christian Conference

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Dan Kimball, Gracia Burnham, and Caedman’s call make a generational soul connection with inactive Christian twenty and thirtysomethings during Fusion + Orlando Conference

Less than two years after Coach Bill McCartney—the distinguished founder of the Promise Keepers Christian men’s events—predicted the success of a new ecumenical conference designed to ignite passion, purpose and significance in Christian twenty and thirtysomethings, his words are coming true.

Fusion + Orlando (http://www.fusionconferences.com) is the interactive conference that McCartney’s 32-year-old son, Marc, and Brian Mosley, the 27-year-old founder of the Rightnow Campaign (http://www.rightnow.org ), produced for fellow Gen Busters. Fusion + Orlando will debut on Saturday, February 25, 2006 at Calvary Assembly Church, located at 1199 Clay St, Winter Park, FL. After that, Fusion will travel to Denver, CO on Saturday, April 29, 2006. During a 2004 kickoff event in Dallas, Coach McCartney said, “Dallas is a springboard to larger things…God chose to birth Fusion here because he wants it to go great distances.”

Why Fusion + Orlando Targets Christian Twenty and Thirtysomethings

Fusion + Dallas events held at the Dallas Convention Center in November 2004 and at Irving Bible Church in November 2005 attracted more than 3,000 young people in their 20 and 30s, who Mosley calls “one of the most pivotal and often overlooked groups in the church today! We are educated, skilled and passionate, but sometimes we have difficulty living our faith. We are married, we are parents, we are single, and we are professionals and even college seniors trying to make our lives significant.” Mosley’s claims are supported by research showing that Busters are likely to grow inactive in their faith by age 30 (Barna, 2003).

A spiritual awakening for Christian 20 and 30 year olds has followed Fusion events as young people are encouraged to discover new and unique ministries to express their faith. Fusion organizers are hopeful the same will happen in Orlando and Denver. For example:

  • James left his position as a stockbroker to establish a shelter for abused women and children in Guatemala.
  • Mickey learned about a ministry, called Let’s Start Talking, and has begun teaching English using the Bible to new U.S. residents.
  • Third-year medical students David and Louisa accepted a three-week mission to work alongside Pioneers medical missionaries in East Asia that gave them a new vision for applying their medical skills.

About Fusion + Orlando’s Interactive Program:

In Orlando and Denver, Fusion will reach out to young adults in search of spiritual significance, asking how and where their unique gifts could be used in the church. What they will discover is an interactive, Bible-based conference by and for them and loaded with experiential learning activities to hammer home the importance of fusing their faith with passionate acts of obedience. In 2004, LA Pastor Erwin McManus said it best during the Fusion + Dallas, “Love God and just do something!”

Fusion’s experiential learning activities will include a short film festival, a one-act play, the Connection Café, and an interactive multi-media prayer journey, called Dokime´ (Greek word for proven character, pronounced do-kee-may). This coupled with forward-thinking addresses and uplifting entertainment will contribute to a generational soul connection. Speakers and performers include:

  • Gracia Burnham, New Tribes Missions’ hostage who survived kidnapping by Islamic terrorists in the Philippine jungles to write award-winning memoir In the Presence of My Enemies
  • Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church
  • Todd Phillips, author of Spiritual CPR: Reviving a Flat-lined Generation
  • Voddie Baucham, author of The Ever-Loving Truth: Can Faith Thrive in a Post-Christian Culture
  • Rob Strong, director of Awakenings conferences and teaching pastor at Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel, CT
  • Caedman’s Call, alternative folk band with albums Share The Well, and 40 Acres, who will lead praise and worship sessions
  • And, Amena Brown, spoken-word poet with new album “You.”

How Fusion Started:

In 2000, Mosley conceived The Rightnow Campaign at a frustrating crossroad in his life while en route to discovering how he could be used by God. Rightnow.org—an interactive website that lists more than 3,000 U.S. and international short-and long-term ministry opportunities through partnerships with 80 mission agencies and organizations—was his offering to other 20 and 30 year olds trying to take the next step to a more active faith.

McCartney, who learned big event production under his dad at Promise Keepers world-wide conferences, brainstormed the Fusion event with Mosley after they caught the vision while participating in other catalytic events. As event director for The Rightnow Campaign, McCartney has successfully carried on his family legacy, creating opportunities, like upcoming events in Orlando and Denver, for the organization to increase its offering to young adults who have fallen asleep in the faith.

For additional information and tickets, visit the ministry websites: http://www.Rightnow.org or http://www.fusionconferences.com .

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