The second-year worship event, which will be held Sunday at East Tennessee State University, is seeking to unite 1,000 churches to achieve a common goal: restoring Appalachia from the prescription drug epidemic.
Thomas Cook, founder and director of Adoration, said that while the group might fall short of its 1,000-church goal this year, support for the event remains strong.
“(The fact that) these churches and these leaders are coming together to celebrate a common purpose and a common cause is really humbling and really exciting,” Cook said.
What is Adoration?
Organized by a group of local young adults and college students, Adoration 2018 is a daylong worship event that will include prayer, music, speakers and more.
Each church will leave the event with connections and resources, Cook said, which will help them combat the drug epidemic in their communities.
As of Tuesday, more than 170 churches had signed upt, Cook said, some of which are located as far away as Ohio, Delaware and Mississippi.
“We’re a little bit less than we wanted, but last year we had about 100 or so sign up in the last week,” Cook said. “So we’re doing another really big push this week and just going to make the most of it.”
Speakers and musicians
In addition to Cook, several speakers will take the stage at the event, including Mason Van Horn, an ETSU alumnus and one of the organizers of the event; Robbie Hilton, pastor of Calvary Church in Johnson City; Trish Tanner, chief pharmaceutical officer at Ballad Health; Brittany Stubbs, president of Adoration’s on-campus ministry at ETSU; and Monty Burks, director of faith-based initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
ETSU President Brian Noland will make opening remarks, Cook said. Each speaker will give a 10- to 15-minute presentation, and the Adoration Band will provide entertainment between speakers.
“So hopefully it’ll feel like one message,” Cook said, “but from a lot of different people.”
• 1:30-3:45 p.m. — Public prayer service
• 4 p.m. — Block party with food trucks and music from 88.3 WCQR
• 4 p.m. — Organization expo featuring 30 to 40 regional recovery groups
• 6-8:30 p.m. — Main event
All events will be held in or around the ETSU Mini Dome, Cook said.
How to sign up
To preregister for Adoration 2018, visit adorationlife.com and click “Register Your Church.” Each church should select one member to serve as its representative, with the approval of the lead pastor or highest authority.
Cook explained that while only one member of the church needs to serve as a representative, the entire church is invited to attend. Church representatives are also welcome to register in person on the day of the event.
For more information, visit adorationlife.com.