College students and young adults visiting Miami for Spring Break 2009 are invited to a free event at the Jackie Gleason Theater March 20, 21 and 22.
Cross the Bridge Miami is an evangelistic outreach featuring keynote speaker Pastor David McGee and musicians Sanctus Real, Two or More, Stellar Kart, The Katinas, Shacah and Billy Buchanan. “There’s a gulf between man and God. The Cross is the bridge,” explains McGee, regarding the name of the event.
<!–break–> According to organizers, the outreach, which kicks off at 7 p.m. each night, is the first time the 2,700-seat Jackie Gleason Theater has hosted an evangelistic event with the sole purpose of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
McGee pastors Calvary Chapel of the Triad in Kernersville, N.C. He’s both a musician and minister and has a strong background in traveling evangelistic Life . McGee delivers a biblical message through music and the spoken word.
The outreach targets college co-eds who will break from studies in cold northern climates to travel to South Florida’s balmy beaches and energetic nightlife.
The strategy of Cross the Bridge organizers is to impact students, who are in a transitional time of their lives, with the life-changing message of the Gospel. McGee says the event is for both believers and unbelievers.
“This is as much to the prodigal as it is to the lost,” he says. Concerned that young people who have grown up in church find their faith irrelevant as they continue their education, McGee emphasizes that the message of Jesus and the faith of students are both relevant and meaningful in current culture.
Several Miami-Dade and Broward County churches have rallied around McGee to plan and support Cross the Bridge. Churches are represented from a broad cross-section of the evangelical community including Baptist, Assemblies of God, Calvary Chapels and independent churches. These churches will provide staff and volunteers to make the evangelistic event a success.
“The fact that all these pastors got together to meet and pray together was a move of the Holy Spirit,” explains McGee. Attendees that make commitments to Christ will be guided toward Christian fellowships near their homes or schools.
Sanctus Real will headline the event musically. The group has been compared to groups like Switchfoot, Relient K and Weezer. Two or More features the harmonies of Ecuadorian brothers Walter, Eddie and Renatto Aguas. Their Latin rock sound is similar to Santana and The Gypsy Kings.
Dove Award winning band Stellar Kart is reminiscent of 80’s new wave with a touch of punk. The Katinas have been a favorite on the Contemporary Christian Music scene for more than a decade. They’ve opened for acts like R. Kelly, Jasmine Guy, DC Talk and Amy Grant. Shacah, Nashville-based jam band Salvador, and former Fusebox lead singer Billy Buchanan will also bring soulful songs that point listeners to Jesus Christ. The entire Cross the Bride event is about entering into a personal relationship with Jesus and walking closer with God.
“There were a thousand steps between man and God. Jesus took 999. We need to take one,” says McGee