PIQUA — The Piqua Association of Churches (PAC) is getting ready to bring Christians in the community together in one place during their upcoming revival in August.
“We’re trying something kind of new,” Paul Green, president of PAC, said.
Green explained that many revivals consist of a church bringing a speaker from outside the city be their presenter to minister to their church. For their 2016 city-wide revival called “Revive Your Hearts Through Jesus Christ,” PAC will be utilizing pastors from a couple different churches within Piqua to “minister to our own.”
“This year, PAC has really felt that we should take care of our own,” Green said.
The revival will take place on Friday, Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 6 p.m. at Transformed Life Church, located at 421 Wood St. in Piqua.
“This is not just one denomination controlling it,” Green said. “This is very mixed with churches.”
On Friday, Aug. 26, the Rev. Gary Wagner of Piqua’s United Pentecostal Church will be the speaker. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Rev. Larry Lutz of the Piqua Church of the Brethren will be the speaker. The set-up for each of the services will be like a typical worship service, consisting of music and a sermon, but there will also be an alter call at the end of each service.
“This is the first time that I know of … the church has come together as a city,” Green said.
PAC is also calling for other churches in Piqua and in the surrounding area to get involved if they are interested. They are looking for volunteers to be parking lot attendants, to be ushers, or to help with a children’s nursery during each of the services.
PAC is also seeking alter workers, whether they be elders, deacons, or trusted members of a church, to pray over attendees during the alter calls and after the services.
“I can see the need of the blessings of God,” Green said, citing issues like drunk driving and the heroin epidemic.
Green said that the heroin epidemic has affected almost everyone in the community.
“You can’t go out in the city and not allow it to affect you,” Green said.
Green also hopes that bringing the churches together will help them work together in the future to connect with young people.
Overall, Green said that he got a vision from God about this revival around 14 years ago. Since then, he has been dedicated to seeing it come to fruition.
“I … had a very strong spiritual pulling to get this done,” Green said.