Counselors needed for En Fuego

Published 9:24 pm Monday, July 28, 2008

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En Fuego is less than four weeks away, and event coordinators say there is a great need for more counselors at the rapidly growing festival.

In response to this need, Clanton First Baptist Church has scheduled a brief counselor training for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8:30, for anyone who may be interested.

“Last year, we only had about 40 counselors who were ready and willing to reach out to those new believers and others who recommitted their lives to Christ,” said the Rev. Matt DeBord, church pastor. “We were simply overwhelmed by the multitude that responded to the invitation. It is our goal this year to have a counselor available for each person who comes forward in response to the message and invitation presented.”

Just as En Fuego is a non-denominational event, First Baptist is opening up its doors to anyone who feels led to take part in this ministry, regardless of denominational background.

In its 10-plus years in existence, En Fuego has grown from a relatively small venue with some 300 students on a Verbena hillside to one of the biggest Christian music festivals in the Southeast, attracting easily 25,000 people.

“The Lord has grown this festival in ministry, excellence and numbers,” DeBord said. “Each year, people cover the hillside to exalt the name of Jesus, some for the very first time. Last year, almost 500 Bibles were handed out by Gideons to those who made decisions for Christ during the invitation.”

En Fuego brings some of the top bands in Christian music for worship, and offers messages from the best student communicators in the country, he added.

Because the event is completely free of admission, En Fuego relies totally on the support of volunteers, businesses, churches and groups who are willing to give of their time, efforts and finances year in and year out.

“Through En Fuego, God has provided us an enormous opportunity to harvest souls, but the laborers are few,” DeBord said. “We would like to invite your church to participate in this life-changing ministry.”

For more information, or to sign up to be a counselor, visit, call the church office at 755-3840 or e-mail Counselor Coordinator Penny Richardson at