Contact Us

For more information, contact us:

Freed-Hardeman University 
Office of Admissions 
158 E. Main Street 
Henderson, TN 38340 

Direct: 731-989-6651 

Fax: 731-989-6047 




What is Rush?

Reaching Unlimited Spiritual Heights (R.U.S.H.) youth weekend is an annual event planned by employees of Freed-Hardeman University. R.U.S.H. occurs on the FHU campus the last full weekend of September and is held in conjunction with the Chester Co. BBQ Festival. Approximately 1,500 7th-12th grade students attend the event annually.

The mission: Inspire spiritual growth in the lives of young people. 

We do this by providing attendees with a weekend focused on worship, biblical studies, and social activities. With sessions including keynote presentations, corporate and individual worship, small and large group classes, service opportunities, social mixers, games, and various entertainment, R.U.S.H. weekend is full of opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of scripture and form lasting relationships with peers.  

Event planning and execution is managed by a talented and dedicated team of individuals from off and across campus. On the weekend of the event, R.U.S.H. staffers are required to be on campus the following hours:

  • Friday: 8:00am – 11:00pm (15 hours)

  • Saturday: 7:00am – 11:00pm (16 hours)

  • Sunday: 7:00am – 2:00pm (7 hours)


Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning marketing efforts

  • Selecting, contacting, and coordinating keynote speakers

  • Selecting, contacting, and coordinating teachers and class sessions

  • Coordinating worship (A/V media, selecting worship leaders, planning the worship schedule)

  • Planning and decorating the event stage

  • Organizing on- and off-campus housing for attendees

  • Coordinating registration and check-in

  • Planning and executing on-campus activities (free time, on-campus movie, concert, games)

  • Planning and executing off-campus activities (games, meals, BBQ Festival activities)

  • Organizing and executing service activities

  • Managing campus reservations

  • Planning and coordinating on- and off-campus meals for attendees

  • Teaching classes

  • Introducing speakers and worship times

  • Leading singing

  • Post event clean up


While on-campus event coordination responsibilities originate in the Office of Community Engagement, the event is planned and executed in conjunction with the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, consulting youth ministers, various personnel and departments on campus, and community leaders in Chester and Madison County. While many volunteer their time, some roles, contingent on workload and skill, are compensated for their contributions as revenue allows. 

We are always looking for more people to be involved in R.U.S.H. If you would like to learn more or know for certain that you would like to participate, send us an email at