The Billy Graham Evangelical Associations (BGEA), Rock the Range, held this past weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, drew a cumulative attendance of 28,200 for the three events. 2,200 attended the Saturday morning KidzFest, while 18,000 rocked to the Christian recording artists, The Afters, Lecrae, Skillet and The Almost during the evening. Sunday’s Family event featured The Afters and Michael W. Smith and drew a crowd of 8,000.
Throughout each event, Franklin Graham presented the Gospel between performances by the artists. At the end of each message by Graham, a call to come forward for spiritual commitments resulted in hundreds of decisions each time. Counselors, staffed by members of local Denver and area churches, were on hand near the front of the stage to talk individually with each person.
Coupled with the Christian Life Witness course provided by some Denver area churches throughout the summer, the number of spiritual decision responses totaled 1,514. Of this total, there were 900 first time professions of faith.
Art Bailey, Crusade Director, said the BEGA was pleased with the 4.2% response to attendance ratio. But the numbers don’t stop here.
In addition to the onsite statistics provided by BGEA’s Vicki Russell, the event also drew a worldwide audience who watched via webcast from the BEGA website.
BEGA’s Trevor Freeze wrote on their website that “it’s likely Denver has never been associated with the ‘ends of the Earth.’ But that was before webcasting.”
People in countries that included the U.S., Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, Ukraine, New Zealand, Italy, Peru, Iceland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Slovenia, Colombia, Philippines, El Salvador and Fiji were texting messages that were posted on the two video screens and the website throughout the events.
According to Russell, an additional 329 made decisions to accept Christ from watching the live video feed. First time professions of faith from Denver’s Rock the Range Festival totaled 1,229.
But it’s not about numbers and never should be. Think about all the financial expenses, logistical planning, volunteer’s personal time and everyone in attendance. Do you believe if the total number of first time decisions to accept Christ as Savior totaled only one, everyone would have been satisfied?
In Luke 15:7 Jesus says, “…there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
There was much rejoicing in Heaven over the decisions made at Rock the Range in Denver this past weekend. Everyone who participated, from the volunteers on up, can know God is pleased with their efforts.
The follow-up process for contacting each individual who made a decision and filled out a response card had begun in earnest before the last volunteers left the complex Sunday night. Local churches will receive information from the response cards and follow-up with each person.
As Franklin Graham reiterated more than once, it’s not about decisions alone, it’s about discipleship. The discipleship process begins now and Denver is directly involved.