Passion 07 Aims to Stir Up 20,000 Students Worldwide

A ministry to college-aged singles is expected to gather more than 20,000 students next year from all across the United States and internationally, with 12 countries already represented, including Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Ireland.

Passion Conferences, founded by evangelist Louie Giglio, is hosting Passion 07 – a four-day indoor gathering for college students to be held Jan. 1-4, 2007.

Leading the worship, teaching and prayer gathering will be Giglio and renowned speakers John Piper, Beth Moore, Francis Chan among others, as well as acclaimed Christian artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and more.

Main Passion 07 gatherings will be held in two locations – the Phillips Arena-Atlanta and the Georgia World Congress Centre – both in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The two venues will be joined via satellite and live elements will take place in each main arena creating one massive worship gathering.

In addition, students will connect through the smaller community groups that make up the fabric of the conference.

Similar to last January’s Passion 06 in Nashville, Passion 07 announced that it will provide smaller sessions through Community Groups, Family Groups and Late Nights.

The Community and Family groups will allow students to unpack what they learn throughout the week in small group environments and the Late Nights give students a chance to “hang out” after the evening session ends each night.

According to the ministry, the heartbeat of Passion is the glory of God through a generation of college students living radically for His name so that campuses awaken to His fame.

“Making our lives count for what matters most is a worthy goal, but a costly proposition, one that must be thoroughly absorbed and embraced if our lives are going to be shaped for His renown,” says Giglio, who also founded Choice Ministries. “Thousands of students will merge from across the nation and around the world to sink their teeth into the confession of Isaiah 26:8. First wrapping our hearts around what it means to be satisfied in Christ, we want to echo the fame of the Satisfier in everything we do.”

According to reports, registrations for Passion 07 are coming in much faster than for last year’s Passion 06, with more than 15,000 students representing 48 states and 12 countries having already registered.

Students are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. Although the venues are larger than last year, the Passion 06 conference sold out in advance, bringing together more than 18,000 in Nashville with college-age students representing every state, 1,100-plus campuses and twenty foreign countries.

Registration information, schedule and conference details can be found at www.268generation.com.

The Passion movement began in 1995 with a stirring in the heart of Passion’s founder and director Louie Giglio. Born out of a desire to see the nation’s 13 million college students (over 16 million today) awaken to the reality of a glorious God, the vision took shape under the leadership of men like Giglio and the board of Choice Ministries, the non-profit umbrella for Passion Conferences. Like-minded campus ministers then met together in 1996 and paved the way for the first of three Passion gatherings (1997, ‘98 and ‘99) that united over 18,000 college students with the desire to see God magnified in their lives, their campuses and throughout the earth.

Since then, millions have connected with Passion through one of the several gatherings, such as the OneDay gatherings and the Passion Experience Tour featured by the New York Times, CNN, among others, or through nine Passion worship recordings and four DVDs that have been released worldwide, selling well over one million copies. The domino effect has spawned a movement that has circled the globe.