IUKA • When Mark Corridor was a youth pastor in Daytona Seaside, Florida, an area church would host its Sunday morning service at a drive-in theater.
The service, Corridor stated, was broadcast to the congregation by an FM frequency.
“It was arrange the place automobiles may pull in, tune in to the radio, and do church,” he stated. “It was such a cool thought.”
Because the frontman of the group Casting Crowns, Corridor and his bandmates have been a part of what he thought-about to be one other cool thought – a drive-in theater tour.
Casting Crowns is among the many Christian music artists who this 12 months have been taking part in at small-town film venues just like the Iuka Drive-In Theatre. Casting Crowns shall be Iuka on Wednesday evening for the next-to-last cease on their tour.
Casting Crowns was on a scheduled tour early this 12 months when the pandemic hit.
“It’s been exhausting,” Corridor stated in a phone interview. “Live shows had been a number of the first issues to go. You needed to be cautious. You need to err on the facet of warning, however you continue to need to get to your folks.”
Casting Crowns has been reaching lots of people because it shaped in 1999, promoting greater than 10 million albums and producing inspirational hits like “East to West,” “Lifesong,” “Reward You within the Storm,” “Till the Entire World Hears,” and “Who Am I.”
COVID-19, nevertheless, introduced Casting Crowns’ “Solely Jesus” Tour to a cease. Most of the dates have been rescheduled for 2021.
Not solely did the pandemic sideline the band, it affected Corridor’s full-time work as youth minister at Eagle’s Touchdown First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.
“We had been doing issues on Zoom,” Corridor stated. “We had a Bob Ross portray evening on Zoom. That was enjoyable. I additionally grew to become a circuit-riding preacher. I’d drive out to a scholar’s home and simply sit out of their entrance yard whereas they had been on their steps, simply to engage with them.”
Casting Crowns additionally missed its followers, so it signed on for the drive-in tour promoted by Awakening Occasions, a Franklin, Tennessee firm that works with Up to date Christian acts. Since this summer season, Iuka has hosted three reveals that includes TobyMac, Zach Williams, Large Daddy Weave, Mac Powell, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.
Casting Crowns started the primary leg of its drive-in reveals in July, taking part in 28 reveals that included an August date in Guin, Alabama. The tour resumed earlier this month.
“Beginning out, there weren’t lots of people to name up and say, ‘What was it like’.” Nobody knew what to anticipate,” Corridor stated. “The very first evening, we had been simply so excited to have the ability to do something. We hadn’t completed a live performance since March.
“I assumed folks had been going to be sitting of their automobiles and it was going to be like singing to a bunch of headlights,” Corridor added. “However we seen no one are of their automobiles. They carry their garden chairs and sit out in entrance of the automobile. That method, they’re distanced from different households, however they get to be outdoors. It’s like an outside competition.”
The band and its street crew, Corridor stated, have taken precautions to remain wholesome whereas on the street. There’s been common coronavirus testing whereas interplay with followers like Corridor’s intermission assembly with youth pastors, a staple at Casting Crowns reveals, was dropped.
Nonetheless, Corridor stated Casting Crowns is grateful for the chance to proceed ministering in the course of the chaotic coronavirus season.
“Man, we’re so grateful to have the ability to do what we do,” he stated. “Just lately, we’ve got been up north, and it was 48 levels outdoors and sprinkling. However the folks had been on the market of their garden chairs and coated up of their blankets simply because they have to be inspired. I’m the luckiest man on this planet to rise up there to do it.”
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