Message of love

Pastor to discuss marriage, dating and sex


Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.

A prominent pastor and best-selling author and speaker will give advice and talk about his perspective on love in a day-long workshop next month at the University of Florida.

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Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, will speak at the Phillips Center on Feb. 5. He will discuss love, marriage and sexuality. Ben VanHouten/Courtesy of Mars Hill Church

Facts

If you go

What: Mark Driscoll, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash.
When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 5
Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 315 Hull Road
Tickets: $25 for students, $30 for adults at Ticketmaster.com

Mark Driscoll, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., is scheduled to speak at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 5 to discuss various topics regarding love, marriage, dating and sexuality. His appearance will last from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Driscoll has been featured in Time magazine, USA Today, the New York Times, CNN and NPR. He has more than 4 million downloads on YouTube, an iPhone app downloaded 37,000 times and is a contributing blogger for the Washington Post.

Ryan Delk, a University of Florida sophomore in charge of marketing for the event, said he hopes Driscoll's message will have a lasting effect on the audience.

“I want hundreds to leave it with a new view on their relationships,” Delk said. “Then 10 years down the road, you'll have hundreds of families affected for the better and the way they were intended to be.”

Delk said the event is open to individuals of any faith who are 16 and older. Although the event is centered on Biblical values, he said anyone is welcome. That includes those who are single, dating or married.

“He's going to give advice to people across the spectrum to see growth in their lives,” he said.

Driscoll's church, Mars Hill, was labeled the 65th largest, 40th fastest growing and second most innovative church in the United States by Outreach Magazine. According to its website, the largest demographic of Mars Hill church is young, single men, statistically the least likely group to attend church.

Delk said he believes this is in part due to Driscoll's lively speaking style.

“His goal is to make people passionate about what he's passionate about,” he said. “He's not trying to lecture people; he's trying to make people passionate about the truth.”

The event will consist of three sessions divided by intermissions and also a one-hour lunch break. Guests are free to come and go as they please.

Campus Crusade for Christ, a campus

ministry at the University of Florida, is providing live music for the event. Nate Young, the guitarist and lead vocalist for the band, said he thinks the conference can greatly benefit people's lives.

“I think the issue in general is an area in people's life that if they don't take care of it, it can be a huge hindrance,” he said. “But if they do, it can be one of the greatest blessings life can have. I think looking at it through the eyes of the God who created man and women is going to be helpful.”

Tickets are $25 for students and $30 for adults. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

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