Jason Williams, a researcher and writer interviewed dozens of attendees at the Asbury University revival for three days. The resulting “Lessons from Asbury Awakening” report reveals several significant findings.
- Many young people face intense pressure from social media, peers, and cancel culture. This pressure makes them feel unsafe sharing their personal feelings and prayer requests in church, youth groups, or private settings. Asbury revival videos of students sharing their struggles resonated with thousands of young people who traveled hundreds of miles to participate.
- A remarkable display of intergenerational unity was evident at the Asbury Awakening. The older generation served the younger generation, with students leading most of the sermons during the two-week revival chapel service. Gen Z, was celebrated and honored openly, which is rare in America.
- The pandemic lockdowns have caused widespread damage to the younger generation. Students at the Asbury Awakening testified to overcoming anxiety, depression, isolation, and suicide. The Asbury revival provided a sense of liberation for many students, and they felt typical for the first time in a while.
- The arrival of spectators was the most significant handicap to the impact of the Asbury Awakening. Spectators came to observe, watch, and take pictures without participating. The number of participants versus spectators influenced the atmosphere and effects of the revival in various live broadcast areas on campus.
You can read the full report on Oregon Faith Report: https://oregonfaithreport.com/2023/02/lessons-from-asbury-awakening-what-we-can-learn/