Organizers of the Wildfire Conference, a men's gathering in South Carolina next month that will feature prominent Christian leaders, expect to draw between 8,000 and 10,000 participants who they hope to help equip with tools to deal with a godless culture, fatherlessness, broken relationships, and the importance of male leadership in the church.
"After years of perfecting our men's impact weekend, we have landed on a unique format that helps men align their everyday passions with God's eternal purpose. We are here to take on the everyday challenges that men face," Michael Queen, director of events for Wildfire, told The Christian Post.
Phil and Alan Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' are planned as part of the speaker lineup. Organizers say the two stars of the reality TV series will share stories from their family's experience in the spotlight and how their faith has been tested in the entertainment industry. Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is scheduled to share about his faith both on and off the field, and speaker and author Max Lucado plans to share a message of redemptive grace. In addition, the conference will feature praise and worship music by The Katinas.
Although plans for the weekend include themes of hunting, fishing, football, motorcycles, and racing, the goal is to engage the men in those hobbies and bring them closer to God. The former Florida State University football coach plans to focus his discussion on how men can strengthen their faith through training, similar to training for football.
Queen tells CP that Wildfire began when the president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Dr. Tim Clinton, was burdened by the need for a strong men's event.
"We sat down as a team and talked about what an event that would really attract men would look like. Wildfire is what came out of that meeting," said Queen.
In addition to the Robertsons, Lucado and Griffin, others speakers will include founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide Clayton King, former baseball player and current preacher Darryl Strawberry, and more.
Wildfire Weekend is scheduled for April 25 – 26 at the Bon Seco Wellness Arena, in Greenville, S.C and is slated to also take place in Fort Worth, Texas and Tampa, Fla. in June.
For more information or to register, visit www.wildfireweekend.com.