Passion '06 Kicks Off Today

Passion kicks off their anticipated four-day 2006 conference today at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The sold-out event, which opened registration at 2 p.m. CST, is expected to draw 18,000 college students from around the nation, who will spend four days learning, "what it means to live all of life for the glory of God," according to the Passion '06 website.

Featured speakers at the event include Passion founder Louie Giglio, prolific author and pastor John Piper, and founder of Living Proof Ministries Beth Moore, with recording artists Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, and Nathan and Christy Nockels scheduled to lead worship.

As in previous Passion conferences, attendees will also have an opportunity to connect with each other through smaller "Community" and "Family" groups as well as "hang outs" in Nashville's downtown area during the event's "Late Nights."

Last year’s Passion conference, which was also held in Music City, drew nearly 11,000 college-age students from every state, 1,100 campuses and eight foreign countries.

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