Acquire the Fire plans Billings stop

2012-11-10T00:05:00Z 2012-11-10T09:48:07Z Acquire the Fire plans Billings stopBy SUSAN OLP solp@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Acquire the Fire, a high-energy, two-day faith event aimed at teens and young adults, is coming to Billings next weekend.

The Billings youth gathering is one of 31 put on this year in the U.S. and Canada by Texas-based Teen Mania Ministries. Titled “Relentless Pursuit: Captured by the Fierce Love of God,” it will take place in the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

Tickets cost $54 online or $67 at the door for the event that starts Friday night and runs all day Saturday. Scholarships and group discounts are available, and people who volunteer can attend for free.

Kemtal Glasgow, executive director of Teen Mania Ministries, describes Acquire the Fire as “the most cutting-edge, in-your-face, almost MTV-style presentation of the Gospel.” This is the seventh time it has come to Billings, and an estimated 2,100 people are expected to attend.

The event will feature musicians Shonlock, Rapture Ruckus and The Letter Black. The Acquire the Fire worship team will lead participants in singing. The conference also includes multi-media videos on three big screens, live drama and upbeat talks.

“We try and take all the modern tools that we can to try to present the timeless message of Christ,” he said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Glasgow, who lives just east of Dallas, was getting ready Thursday to fly to Anaheim, Calif., for a rally this weekend.

Acquire the Fire drew 130,000 people last year, he said. And more than 40,000 of them either rededicated their lives to God or decided to follow him for the first time.

Acquire the Fire partners with local churches, he said. That’s where the growth will continue for the young people who attend the conference.

“We have an amazing experience at the event, with worship, the message and the tools,” Glasgow said. “But we recognize it’s the local church that helps with the long-term discipleship and growth.”

For the Billings conference, he expects to see youth come from as far away as the Dakotas, Idaho, Wyoming and Canada. The next-nearest events are in Denver, Minneapolis and Eugene, Ore.

Glasgow is hoping to draw a large crowd, to get across an important message.

“Part of our desire is to help young people realize that they can make their lives count when they’re young,” he said. “They don’t have to wait until they’re grown up. God wants to use them right now.”

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