Social Media Helps Christian Band Raise Over $100K

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With God all things are possible, according to the Bible. Of course, a little help from social media doesn't hurt either.

Just ask the young Christian Band who calls themselves United Pursuit.

They are a group of guys, mostly in their mid-twenties, who are hungry for God and want to worship Him with their whole lives.

They made a name for themselves after their song, "Set A Fire," recorded in their own living room, went viral. With over 630,000 views on YouTube, the song is now being sung in churches across the world.

In fact, their 2010 album, "Live at the Banks House," was recorded entirely in their living with no overdubs. It has remained in the top #100 iTunes Christian albums for the past two years.

Their living room, located on Banks Avenue in Knoxville, Tenn., just isn't big enough anymore to hold the crowd of people who come there each Tuesday night to join United Pursuit in worship.

Band members say they've already knocked down so many walls in the Banks house to make room for more people, and if they knock down anymore, the house would collapse.

That's why they launched a campaign to raise $100,000 in 30 days.

Their goal is to purchase an abandoned warehouse in downtown Knoxville and convert it into a new music venue and creative arts center.

"We've been friends for years. Since we've known each other, we've had some pretty crazy dreams, and they've all seemed to come true," band member Brock Human said. "Every time we dream together, it's always bigger than something we could have dreamed on our own."

The campaign officially ended Saturday night, and they not only reached their goal, they surpassed it by almost $10,000. United Pursuit said they will use the extra money to help remodel the building.

Most of the donations they have raised have been inspired through social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

"There was nothing magical about this (Banks) house when we bought it, and there's nothing magical about this building we want to buy," band member Will Reagan said. "What's magical is what God does in our family when we gather together," he continued. "If you come, you'll understand that we don't really care about the building, we care about making space for God to show up in our family and in our city."

Band member Nathan Fray told CBN News that not many musically related projects have ever reached the $100,000 mark, so United Pursuit could be on track to joining a rather rare group.

The band said it's up to God whether or not they make their goal, but either way, He is the only one who gets the glory in all of this. It is His abundant life they want to promote in this world.

"You know we didn't attend the Banks House. We never looked at it that way. The Banks House wasn't a meeting place. It was where life happened. We lived there," band member Nathan Fray said. "What we learned in those days, we want to see that happen with this building," he said. "We don't want to attend the building. We want life to happen for community to happen there."

If you would like more information on United Pursuit and their campaign, click here.

 

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