A massive worship service kicked off the New Year in America at the home of the Atlanta Falcons football team. The Passion 2020 Conference was made up of a huge group of Christian millennials and members of Gen Z designed to tell the world that Jesus is alive and the church is still the answer. More than 65,000 people attended the Conference, filling Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ringing in the New Year. It was a gathering of 19 to 25 year-olds along with their church and campus leaders. The multi-day event was filled with worship and teaching, and it kicked off on New Year’s Eve.
Passion 2020 is comprised of students and leaders from over 1,680 universities, all 50 American states, and 81 countries. For the first time, Passion’s opening night, Dec. 31, was broadcast Live and worldwide on TBN. The remainder of the conference was Livestreamed on the conference’s website. Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio and the Passion Band were joined by guests Christine Caine, Levi Lusko, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, Tim Tebow and Sadie Robertson. Worship leaders and bands included Crowder, Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, Elevation Music, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Social Club Misfits, Tedashii and Sean Curran.
The END IT Movement was launched at Passion 2013, and to date has raised $8.3 million to fight modern-day slavery, assisting in awareness, prevention, rescue, and restoration. This year, Passion is also calling students to give toward Share Light, a campaign to see the Bible translated into the 6,000 known languages during this generation’s lifetime. Only a third of the known languages currently have the Bible in their language, and Passion attendees hope to make a huge impact in realizing the goal of interpreting the Scriptures for the remaining languages in this generation.
In addition, a flame was brought all the way from Jerusalem to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Passion as a symbol of the light of Christ going into the world. “We’re not simply keepers of the light, but we are carriers of the light of Jesus to the world,” said Louie Giglio. “One of the practical ways that we can carry that light to the world is to participate in the goal of Scripture translation. We’re launching a bold initiative at Passion 2020 in this new decade to Share Light.” For more information, visit www.268generation.com or follow @passion268 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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