The K-LOVE Christmas Concert Returns to Raleigh

by Camille on November 2, 2013

On Wednesday, I wrote THIS POST about how K-LOVE radio decided to move a Christmas concert from a church in Raleigh to a church in Cordova citing “safety concerns.” Basically, the station dumped Raleigh for the more popular and attractive girl church across town.

So obviously, those who live in Raleigh (and feel perfectly safe), those of us who love our city and hate the unnecessary fear-mongering, and those who think Jesus didn’t care nearly as much about safety as he did about loving people….well, we got into a bit of a tizzy on social media. I wrote a blog and called the station to voice my concerns. Many others sent e-mails and called too. Some truly creative and problem-solving souls started throwing around ideas for hosting a community event to replace the concert.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much. K-LOVE is a big organization, and at most, I expected to get some form e-mail about how they were praying for me or what not.

But on Friday morning, as I loaded the dishwasher in my pajamas while trying to keep Ellie from absconding with all the leftover Halloween candy, I found myself on the on the other end of the phone from Mike Novak, K-LOVE president. He wanted to let me know that he listened to our messages, and he wanted to express his regret for the hurt feelings in Raleigh. He said they wanted to be the kind of organization that can admit when it makes a mistake and that the situation was poorly handled. Then, he said they had decided to move the concert back to Raleigh.

As of today:

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I’m pretty sure I came across as a stammering idiot (I blame the sugar-crazed toddler), as I was definitely caught off guard. In my experience, large organizations almost never reconsider decisions, and even groups calling themselves “Christian” are often motivated only by the bottom line.

Thus, I was immensely encouraged by K-LOVE’s willingness to listen and decision to do the right thing. Thanks K-LOVE.

So….to my Memphis friends, let’s go and support the Raleigh community and show K-LOVE we’re thankful for their attempt to make amends. The K-LOVE Christmas Tour will be at the Raleigh Assembly of God on December 13. I mean, who doesn’t love Christmas music, y’all? Wear a reindeer sweater and bring your holiday cheer. Hope to see you there!

Christie Jarvis November 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

As a member of Raleigh Assembly, I am glad that non Raleigh folks took the time to voice their concerns. I don’t live in the area but drive 20 min to get there and have always felt safe at our church. Sure, we have to be cautious and watchful but that’s anywhere. Crime happens everywhere. I am thankful that K Love realized their mistake and moved the concert back and I look forward to seeing a packed house. Thanks for caring enough to share your concerns and for posting your story.
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Camille November 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Christie, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. 🙂 Solidarity, sister. My husband and I are actually building a house about three minutes from the Raleigh Wal-Mart right now, so I’ll be a regular to the area by the end of the year. I agree; crime happens everywhere, but we can be smart and aware without being fearful. Thanks again!

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