Ichthus, Asbury Offer Something for Everyone
WILMORE, Ky. — As Grammy-winning musician Chris Tomlin led thousands of worshippers in song from the Ichthus main stage Saturday night, faint echoes of music from the festival’s other five stages filled in the pauses in the music — offering a clue to the broad appeal of the 43-year-old festival and one of the points of shared partnership with Asbury University.
“Both Asbury and Ichthus are interested in equipping people to walk more closely with God, using whatever gifts he’s given them,” said Dr. Mark Troyer, vice president for enrollment management and Asbury/Ichthus liaison. “It’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.”
Artists spanning the spectrum from acoustic singer-songwriters to edgy hard rock to hip hop and rap performed over the three-day festival. Meanwhile, Asbury staff members and students shared about Asbury’s 50+ majors and campus activities ranging from equine ministry to tumbling through campus tours as well as a tent near the festival’s main stage. At the tent, attendees could speak with admissions representatives, create a souvenir snapshot using an 8-foot-by-10-foot photo frame and sign one of two graffiti walls.
In addition to the activities admissions tent, Asbury gave 40 $4,000 scholarships to youth workers to award to rising seniors and presented three students with scholarships from the main stage. More than 600 attendees stayed in residence halls on campus, and Asbury operated a shuttle bus to help transport them between the festival and different locations in Wilmore. Also, nearly 50 students and staff members connected with the Media Communication program help to film performances and manage the stages.
“God blessed us with many lives given to Christ, students and families considering Asbury for education and great hosting both on campus and at the festival,” Troyer said. “We continue to pray for the people whose lives were impacted."