MANATEE -- The Rev. Clarence Honor of Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sarasota said he thinks of his role as a speaker at a revival much like a 1950s gasoline station attendant committed to check tire pressure and oil, clean the windshield and side windows and fill up the gas tank.
"A revival is like pulling into a spiritual gasoline station where you can still get healing, encouragement, relief and deliverance," Honor said. "It's maintenance for the soul."
Although most gasoline station attendants who run out to the car with a rag are long gone, spiritual maintenance is still available at revivals, Honor said.
Honor is one of seven pastors and evangelists scheduled to lead the first Revival Crusade at Victory Faith Assembly Church of God in Christ Church.
The week-long event, which features two religious leaders from the Bradenton area, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3634 Leonard Reid Ave., Sarasota.
Honor, known for sermons where he said God leads him, is the first pastor on stage Monday along with his choir.
The Rev. William Ramos of Sarasota will take the stage Tuesday followed Wednesday by The Rev, Carlton Childs of Clearwater.
The stage belongs to three women evangelists Thursday who will focus on women's revival.
They are First Lady Laverve Scavella of Bradenton, Evangelist Lora Watson of North Port and Evangelist Andrea Hill of Sarasota.
The final day will feature The Rev. Roosevelt Dunbar Sr. of Palmetto.
Superintendent William Gaylord, host pastor at Victory Faith, created the revival.
"This revival is a time for people to renew their faith and get an uplifting," Honor said. "Our spirit sometimes gets weak and at times we get weary. A revival reassures us that despite what we are going through, God has the ability to bring us through it and take us to another level."
The idea for the revival came from Sister Pamela Primous of Victory Faith, a Bradenton resident who told Gaylord the area desperately needed a healing event.
"Every week we are burying our young," Primous said. "The young don't care about going to jail. Something has to be done. Their hearts are hard. Respect for elders is gone. It seems every child has a gun."
The revival will focus on softening hearts, cleansing souls and outreach, Gaylord said.
"We ministers want to be a united force fighting the evils of our world," Gaylord said. "We want to focus on the total man, woman and child."
When Chiles arrives, the public will meet a man who is youth president for 65 churches in the Clearwater area and so that night's focus is on youth, Gaylord said.
Scavella, from New Horizein Church of God in Christ, 804 22nd Ave. W., Bradenton, said she was thrilled to be asked to join the revival roster.
"I'm expecting the sick, those not saved, the lame and those who need healing for their souls to come," Scavella said. "Anyone who needs to be completely delivered is urged to attend."
New Horizein will also send soloist Shanreca Price.