Christian Social Media Site Reaches Younger Generation By Providing a Network Where Relationships and Faith Can Thrive

HeavenUp is kicking off the summer by partnering with Joshua Fest and Lifest, two music events that are expected to draw thousands of fans from across the country.  HeavenUp recently made its worldwide debut on May 1 and is attracting the attention of notable artists such as MercyMe, The Afters, Natalie Grant, Disciple and more. The social media platform aims to provide youth with a vehicle to maintain their interpersonal relationships, while at the same time upholding their spiritual engagement.

HeavenUp has a fanatical heart for the youth of this country and the world,” says Founder of HeavenUp, Chris Burkhart. “The youth are often overlooked or not taken seriously by today’s society.  We believe that our ministry does and must comprise the focus on youth because they are a driving force in shaping the present and future of the Christian community. Our goal at HeavenUp is to unite the Christian community as one body of Christ. This goal includes bringing youth and established content providers together in order to provide our young people with the necessary substance and tools to fuel their growth and faith in Jesus Christ.”

At Joshua Fest, HeavenUp will be the featured sponsor of the main stage, where over the course of four days over 50 bands such as Switchfoot, Relient K, Five Iron Frenzy, and Mxpx will take the stage and perform their chart-topping hits to an audience of all ages. The event will take place on Labor Day weekend in Plymouth, Calif.

“Joshua Fest is excited to partner with HeavenUp,” states Aaron Diello, co-founder of Joshua Fest. “We believe in the company’s mission to provide a safe environment where Christians can connect and see it as an amazing platform for today’s youth! The site is the first in its class when it comes to uniting the body of Christ online.”

Additionally, HeavenUp will also participate in the multi-day summer music festival Lifest. Taking place July 11th through July 15th in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Lifest was founded to allow the entire family to come together for worship, fellowship, and teaching. This year’s event will feature more than 150 Christian artists and speakers and anticipates over 75,000 attendees.  The all-star line-up includes award-winning entertainers Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force Five and many more.

“Any time we can get Christians to come together to grow in their faith, encourage one another, and demonstrate the love of Christ to the world, it’s a good thing,” says Bob Lenz, speaker, author and founder of Lifest and Life Promotions. “Too often, we’re known for who we fight and what we’re against. Here’s an opportunity to celebrate Who we love and Who we’re for [with HeavenUp].”

Supporting its mission to reach the youth of the nation, HeavenUp is also partnering with YWAM/University of the Nations for their Kona Summer Surge project. The Kona Summer Surge is an exciting initiative taking place this summer from July 5th through September 15th that brings together skilled individuals and talented craftsmen from all around the world to the Kona campus. Participants will complete the construction of several key facilities for the university and missions movement.  Currently, HeavenUp and YWAM are inviting individuals to get involved with the Kona Summer Surge project by signing on via www.konasummersurge.com.

In addition to their efforts in Kona, the HeavenUp team will also embark on a nationwide tour visiting several YWAM campuses cross-country to connect with their missionaries and show them how HeavenUp can be an essential tool in helping raise funds, connecting individuals with their families, sponsors and more.

About HeavenUp.com:

This new social networking website provides never before connected elements of a social media network including video sharing, streaming music and a HeavenUp store.  In addition to having personal pages and uploading photos, HeavenUp is a “virtual fellowship” where users can connect and build relationships with Christian groups, friends, bands, churches, charities, radio stations, TV stations and more. Users can create profiles, access daily devotionals, share thoughts, insights, music, videos, photos, status updates, blogs and bulletins.  Unlike other sites, HeavenUp provides a safe environment for Christian users, while also being a comfortable place for anyone seeking faith.


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