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Regent University Hosts Week of Open Prayer and Worship to Make Room for Revival


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Over the past month, revival has spread across college campuses and throughout places of worship in the United States.

What some have referred to as a potential new great awakening within Christian history started as a spark on the campus of Asbury University, where thousands of Christians gathered for two weeks of Spirit-led worship, prayer, and repentance. That unplanned outpouring is raising hopes because a previous revival in 1970 on the Asbury campus was seen as a significant driver behind the Jesus Movement of the 70s.

Regent University's Director of Campus Ministries, Dr. Jeff Gossman, traveled to the Asbury University campus, when the nationwide revival was getting started. Upon his return, he shared that "God is making known his claim on GenZ. This generation has suffered so much loss due to the pandemic. This current outpouring is like their coming-of-age party, where Jesus says to them, 'I see you. Welcome to the table.'"

Additionally, the dean of Regent University's School of Divinity, Dr. Corne Bekker, shared, "This is their moment where God is getting a hold of (Gen Z) hearts. Their eyes are opening, and they are surrendering their lives to Christ."

Following the spark of revival, dozens of believers have poured into the Shaw Chapel on the Regent University campus to attend weekly chapel services and unplanned gatherings over the past couple of weeks. Regent University has shared that, "these gatherings – some up to six hours long – have been marked by humble worship, teaching of scripture, prayer, repentance, and spiritual renewal."

As a response to these events, Regent University will now be holding open prayer and worship on March 6th through March 10th, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, in the Shaw Chapel on the campus.

In addition to this open Chapel period, Regent University invites the public to attend their weekly Chapel services (Shaw Chapel at Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464):

1. University Chapel, each Wednesday in the Shaw Chapel at Regent University, 12:00 pm EST, or online at

2. UnChapel, a student-led worship experience occurring each Thursday in the Shaw Chapel at Regent University, 7:00 p.m. EST, or online at

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Stacey Thoroughgood is an Associate News Producer for CBN News. Thoroughgood has worked at CBN since 2022 and specializes in written journalism. Her educational background is a blend of communication, politics, and government studies, which often she showcases through the content she develops for CBN News. Thoroughgood actively supports youth advocacy efforts and higher education accessibility within the Commonwealth of Virginia, has served as a Teaching Assistant at Regent University within the School of Divinity and School of Communication and the Arts, and alongside her service to CBN, is