Creation Festivals’ Bill Darpino shared the heart behind the events culturally diverse style of music and ministry throughout the popular multi-day event.
Creation Festival, sometimes dubbed “Creation Fest” and held annually in central Pennsylvania, is one of the most attended Christian music events in America.
This year, it continues to defy stereotypes with music from people of all different backgrounds and musical styles. The event will be held June 26-29 with performances from artists such as rock band Skillet, worship artists Elevation Worship, Crowder, Hillsong Worship, Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North and rapper Andy Mineo.
“This is our 41st year, the goal really hasn’t changed a whole lot. One of our themes of the festival is to bring tribute to our Creator,” Darpino, vice president and producer of Creation Fest, told The Christian Post in a recent interview. “As a mission, we really try to keep it simple, where we really want to see this generation become a tribute to our Creator.”
He explained the mission starts when people individually give their lives to Jesus Christ and then “the tribute continues when we live our lives, by that example that Jesus Christ gave us where He lived out love, humility, justice, and mercy.”
Darpino shared that Jesus was completely abandoned to the will of God. He was not caught up with proving a point to anyone other than sharing the love of God.
“That’s really our hope that people walk away from that week of being in community with other believers and that they’re inspired to really go home and be a tribute to their Creator by living out those things. We really want to see lives changed and impacted,” he said.
When specifically discussing why they choose to invite ministers from all different varieties and styles of music and ministry, Darpino explained that it’s their way of reaching the next generation.
“One of the things that allow us, I think, to have a more diverse program is partly because it runs for a few days. It gives us the ability to have a little broader program where some other events and, potentially with a concert, you don’t have that ability to create a real diverse, broad program and offer a lot of opportunities for those with many different great bands that are out there,” Darpino revealed.
The VP shared that Creation Fest discovered that early on as a way to make sure everyone felt welcomed and included.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law