Mark Hall of Casting Crowns recalled attending “Rock the Universe” at Universal Orlando Resort as a youth pastor, and now looks forward to performing and spending time with his family at the Christian event.
“Being a youth pastor for half my life, I know that one of the most strategic weeks of a youth calendar is youth camp because you get to get everybody away from their craziness for a few days. You get to focus them on truth, you get the pour into their lives a little bit and it really makes a difference,” Hall told The Christian Post in a recent interview.
The Georgia-based pastor believes grownups need a camp experience as well, and from his experience, “Rock the Universe” is a perfect getaway for all. The event will return to the Universal Orlando Resort for the 20th time on Sept. 7–8, offering Christian families a weekend filled with faith and worship at Universal Studios Florida.
“To me, Rock the Universe is like a youth camp for the family. You get to just get away for a few days, have fun, enjoy the parks, and then every night spend time with some music that’s feeding your soul and that’s lifting you up and that’s giving hope and to do that as a family, that’s just really cool,” he explained.
In May, Walt Disney World confirmed that it was canceling its annual Christian concert “Night of Joy” after 34 years. A theme park representative told the Orlando Sentinel that the cancellation of “Night of Joy” was part of the resort’s philosophy of “continually changing our offerings.”
Fortunate for families of faith, “Rock The Universe” will be back and bigger than ever. The Casting Crowns lead singer strongly encouraged the popular theme park to continue offering events for people of faith.
“I would speak to a business like Universal and I would say, ‘Christians buy groceries, we’re everywhere! We spend money and we go to movies and we proved in the movie industry that believers like movies that are clean and family-oriented and that is a booming world right now.’ They’re a lot of people that would love to go to a park and hear some music that didn’t drag him down into a pit,” Hall explained.
Adding, “If they will remain true to that part of their audience, they have festivals and weekends for every kind of interest all over parks like that, I think faith-based weekends are going to be something, especially now that it’s the only one down there, it was going to get even bigger and bigger for them.”
This year’s lineup features some of the genre’s biggest names. Those scheduled to perform on Sept. 7 include Jesus Culture, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, Red, Zach Williams and Trip Lee. The lineup for Sept. 8 includes Casting Crowns, for King & Country, Family Force 5, Brandon Heath, Andy Mineo and Ryan Stevenson.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law