More than two decades ago, Louie and Shelley Giglio started a Bible study in Texas as a way to reach college students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Christianity and God.
That movement has exploded into the Passion conference, which brings together thousands of the young and faithful.
Passion 2018 will be held at two sites in metro Atlanta - at Philips Arena and the Infinite Energy Center -and The Anthem in Washington, D.C. through Wednesday.
Passion 2018 is a gathering of 18- to 25-year-olds and their church and campus leaders.
An estimated 32,000 people will attend the conferences.
This is the second time in the Passion conference history that events have been held at three different locations and the first time ever in Washington. D.C.
Speakers include John Piper, Louie Giglio and Priscilla Shirer.
There will also be performances by Crowder, KB and Andy Mineo.
Passion 2018 is a Christian-based gathering of young adults typically ranging in age from 18 to 25. This is the 21st year for the conference.
“Passion is more than a conference,” said Pastor Louie Giglio in a statement. The Giglios lead Passion City Church, which has two locations in metro Atlanta. “Passion exists to see a generation leverage their lives for what matters most. For us, that’s the fame of Jesus and the privilege we have to amplify His name in everything we do.”
All three venues are sold out, but those interested in following the conference can register for an online experience.
Students will arrive to serve as well as worship. In the past few years, attendees have given some $8 million to fight modern-day slavery through “The END IT Movement,” assisting in awareness, prevention, rescue and restoration. While ending modern-day slavery is still a focus of Passion 2018, students will also have other opportunities to impact the lives of others locally and around the world.
In addition, Passion attendees will donate thousands of backpacks of supplies for children in Houston who lost everything during the flooding of Hurricane Harvey.
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