Passion Conferences

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Passion Conferences
Passion Conference Hurricane Logo.jpg
Founded 1997
Founder Louie Giglio
Type 501(C)(3)
Location
Website 268generation.com

Passion Conferences is a Christian organization (also referred to as the 268 Generation, originally named Choice Ministries), founded by Louie Giglio in 1997, known for their annual gatherings of young adults between the ages of 18–25, more specifically college students. The organization is also responsible for sixstepsrecords, the Passion Worship CDs, and the church plant of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA in 2009.[1] Passion is legally registered in the State of Georgia as the For – Profit LLC "Passion USA 2011, LLC" of Roswell, Georgia.[2] The first conference was Passion '97, and it was held in Austin, Texas. Today, the headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia.[3] The organization lists its purpose as "...uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation," using Isaiah 26:8 as their theme verse: "Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown are the desire of our souls".[4]

Since its start in ’97, Passion Conferences has operated as a national conference. Then, in 2008, Passion Conferences launched a global tour that visited 17 different cities in 16 countries,[5] kicking off in Kiev, Ukraine and finishing in Sydney, Australia. Since then, Passion Conferences have continued to host gatherings in the United States and all over the world.

History[edit]

Passion Conferences is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization under the name of its parent ministry, Choice Ministries.

In 1985, Louie and Shelley Giglio founded Choice Ministries at Baylor University in Waco, TX.[6] Choice Ministries began as a campus-based student ministry and after 10 years of ministry at Baylor, Louie and Shelley moved to Atlanta, GA. It was here that the Passion Conferences was birthed, while still remaining under the banner of Choice Ministries, Inc.

Driven forward by a desire to gather college students to see a spiritual awakening happen all across the United States and the world, Passion Conferences became a reality in 1997. The first conference took place in Austin, TX where thousands of college aged students came together during January 1–4, 1997.

When Louie and Shelley began Passion Conference in 1997, they did so out of a desire to see the millions of college students [7] (now over 20 million [8]) joined together under one banner of exalting the "name and the fame of Jesus." This vision began to take shape and gain momentum under the leadership of Louie and the board of Choice Ministries, Inc. After the first gathering in 97' in Austin, there were six national Passion gatherings (1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007).[6] These conferences directly united thousands of college students during these years . Also, during this 10 year period, thousands of additional college students connected with Passion through one of several other gatherings, including the OneDay Gatherings in 2000 and 2003 [9] and the Passion Experience Tour, or through the Worship recordings and DVD's produced through Passion that have gone on to be released worldwide.

What then spawned was a movement that has circled the globe. Passion Conferences have gone on multiple world tours, reaching out to 24 different cities in 20 different countries. Passion has launched other tours throughout the years as the movement continues to grow. Some of these tours include: Passion NYC Subway Series, Regionals '07–'08, Passion 2010 University Tour, Passion 2012 University Tour, A Night of Worship with Passion Tour, Passion: Let the Future Begin Tour, and Passion: Take It All Tour [10]

National gatherings and events[edit]

Gathering Dates City / State
Passion '97 Jan. 1–4, 1997 Austin, TX [11]
Passion '98 Jan. 1–4, 1998 Austin, TX [12]
Passion '99 Jan. 1–4, 1997 Fort Worth, TX [13]
OneDay May 20, 2000 Memphis, TN [14]
Thirsty Apr. 11–13, 2002 Atlanta, GA
Thirsty '03 Apr. 3–5, 2003 Atlanta, GA
OneDay03 May 26, 2003 Sherman, TX [9]
Thirsty '04 Mar 31 – April 2, 2004 Atlanta, GA
Passion '05 Jan. 2–5, 2005 Nashville, TN [15]
Passion '06 Jan. 2–5, 2006 Nashville, TN
Thirsty '06 Mar. 29–31, 2006 Atlanta, GA
Passion '07 Jan. 1–4, 2007 Atlanta GA [16]
Thirsty '07 May 2–4, 2007 Atlanta, GA
Passion 2010 Jan. 2–5, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Passion 2011 Jan. 1–4, 2011 Atlanta, GA [17]
Apr. 1–3, 2011 Fort Worth, TX
Passion 2012 Jan. 2–5, 2012 Atlanta, GA [18]
Passion 2013 Jan. 1–4, 2013 Atlanta, GA [19]
Passion 2014 Jan. 16–18, 2014 Atlanta, GA [20]
Jan 30 – February 1, 2014 Houston, TX [21][22]
Passion 2015 Jan. 2–4, 2015 Atlanta, GA [23]
Jan. 16–18, 2015 Atlanta, GA [24]
Jan. 30 – February 1, 2015 Houston, TX

World tours[edit]

Gathering Dates City / Country
World Tour '08 May 16, 2008 Kyiv, Ukraine [25]
May 18, 2008 Stockholm, Sweden
May 23–24, 2008 São Paulo, Brazil
May 30–31, 2008 Kampala, Uganda
June 3, 2008 Paris, France
June 5, 2008 London, England
August 1, 2008 Manila, Philippines
August 3, 2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
August 5, 2008 Jakarta, Indonesia
August 9, 2008 Johannesburg, South Africa
August 13, 2008 Cape Town, South Africa
Oct. 3–4, 2008 Mexico City, Mexico
October 6, 2008 Vancouver, Canada
Oct. 10–11, 2008 Seoul, South Korea
October 13, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
October 16, 2008 Hong Kong, China
October 21, 2008 Sydney, Australia
World Tour '10 May 10, 2010 Kyiv, Ukraine
May 14–15, 2010 London, England
May 22, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
May 25, 2010 Manila, Philippines
June 5, 2010 Hong Kong, China
Sep. 3–4, 2010 São Paulo, Brazil
November 5, 2010 Vancouver, Canada
World Tour '12 March 23, 2012 Vancouver, Canada
September 26, 2012 Pretoria, South Africa [26]
September 29, 2012 Kampala, Uganda
October 2, 2012 Durban, South Africa
October 6, 2012 Cape Town, South Africa [27]
World Tour '14 March 20, 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE [28]
March 22, 2014 Hyderbad, India
March 23, 2014 Delhi, India
Mar. 27–28, 2014 Manila, Philippines
March 30, 2014 Singapore, Singapore
April 1, 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii

People[edit]

Speakers[edit]

Passion Conferences was founded by Pastor Louie Giglio. Other speakers that have spoken at Passion Gatherings include: John Piper, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Beth Moore, Judah Smith, Christine Caine, Carl Lentz, Lecrae, Gary Haugen, Ben Stuart, and Matt Chandler.

Artists[edit]

sixstepsrecords [29] artists form the core group of artists performing at the Passion Gatherings. Those artists include: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, and the Passion Band.

Other artists that have performed at Passion Gatherings in the past are: Brett Younker, Lecrae, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North, Shane and Shane, and Gungor.

Door holders[edit]

The men and women who volunteer at the conferences are called door holders.[30] They serve on different teams such as community groups, logistics and registration[31] and are considered to be at the core of the gatherings. They travel from all over the nation to serve at these gatherings.

Worship + Justice[edit]

Special notice has been given to causes, known as Worship + Justice, culminating in 2011 when over 22,000 students at Passion 2011 raised over $1.1 million towards multiple causes[32] and in 2012 $3.3 million towards freedom[33] and over 72,000 signatures were obtained towards a petition for freedom.[34] At Passion 2013 attendees gave over $3.6 million towards various causes, and it was at this conference that Passion Conferences first launched it's partnership with The END IT Movement.[35]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Notes
Christian Albums[36] Billboard 200[36][37]
1997 Our Souls Desire
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1998 Live Worship from the 268 Generation
  • Released: July 20, 1998
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1999 Better Is One Day
  • Released: April 8, 1999
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
4
2000 The Road to One Day
  • Released: March 14, 2000
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
3 139
2000 One Day Live
  • Released: March 14, 2000
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
12 158
2002 Our Love is Loud
  • Released: April 9, 2002
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
4 77
2003 Sacred Revolution: Songs From OneDay 03
  • Released: August 19, 2003
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
5 107
2004 Hymns Ancient and Modern
  • Released: February 24, 2004
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
8 163
2005 How Great Is Our God
  • Released: April 12, 2005
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
2 74
2006 Everything Glorious
  • Released: May 27, 2006
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
2 69
2008 God of This City
  • Released: February 5, 2008
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
3 74
2010 Awakening
  • Released: March 11, 2010
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1 15
2011 Here for You
  • Released: March 8, 2011
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1 11
2012 White Flag
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1 5
2013 Let the Future Begin
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1 4
2014 Take It All
  • Released: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
1 4

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilations and other releases[edit]

Year Album Notes
2005 Passion 05
  • Released: 2005
  • Label:
  • Format: one iTunes bundle, two songs
[importance?]
2006 Passion: The Early Session
  • Released: February 28, 2006
  • Label: Six Steps
  • Format: Digital download
[38]
2006 The Best of Passion (So Far)
  • Released: December 26, 2006
  • Label: Sparrow / sixstepsrecords
  • Format: 2xCD
[39][40]
2007 Live From Passion07
  • Released: 2007
  • Label:
  • Format: three iTunes bundles, two songs each
[importance?]
2008 A Generation United for His Renown
  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Label: EMI CMG
  • Format: CD
[41][42]
2014 Passion: The Essential Collection
  • Released: November 10, 2014
  • Label: Capitol Christian Music
  • Format: CD/DVD
[43]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra. "Q&A: Louie Giglio". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Georgia Secretary of State office, control number 10018357
  3. ^ Baptist Press – Passion '07 kicks off with 21,000 adults in Atlanta – News with a Christian Perspective
  4. ^ "Passion Conferences". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Tweet Email (January 9, 2007). "Passion Conferences to Go International in 2008 | Christian News on Christian Today". Christiantoday.co.uk. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Louie Giglio: The Heart Behind the Passion". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Documents/20121212_Economics%20of%20Higher%20Ed_vFINAL.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf
  9. ^ a b "Passion Conferences "OneDay 03"". Christian Post. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Kristian Stanfill to Lead 26-City "Passion: Take It All" Tour, Kicking Off September 10". the media collective. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Passion for the Supremacy of God, Part 1". Desiring God. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Live-Worship-From-Generation/dp/B000T00MDG
  13. ^ "Passion: Better Is One Day". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Passion: One Day Live". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Passion, "How Great Is Our God" Review". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ Collin Hansen. "Passion Takes It Higher". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Passion 2011 Brings in Record High $1.1 Million". Christian Post. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "College kids vow to end slavery". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Passion 2013 tackles sex trafficking, slavery". 11alive.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Over 20,000 Students Attend Passion 2014 Conference in Atlanta". Christian Post. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Passion 2014 - CCMMagazine.com". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ Houston Toyota Center. "Houston Toyota Center :: Passion Conference". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  23. ^ Philips Arena. "Philips Arena :: Passion 2015". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  24. ^ Philips Arena. "Philips Arena :: Passion 2015 Atlanta". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  25. ^ "404 Not Found". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Passion World Tour 2012 Pretoria Concert Tickets -Centurion, GT". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Passion World Tour 2012 Cape Town Concert Tickets -Cape Town,". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Passion Tours". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ "sixstepsrecords". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Door Holders – Passion 2015". Passion 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Door Holder Teams". Passion 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Passion 2011 Brings in Record High $1.1 Million". Christian Post. 
  33. ^ "College kids vow to end slavery". 
  34. ^ "Christian students fight slavery". 
  35. ^ "Passion 2013 Donates Over $3 Million to Fight Human Trafficking". Christian Post. 
  36. ^ a b "Passion". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Chris Tomlin". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  38. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Passion-early-session-01/dp/B000SZHFG4
  39. ^ Russ Breimeier. "The Best of Passion [So Far]". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Review: The Best Of Passion (So Far) – Passion – Cross Rhythms". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  41. ^ "Review: A Generation United For His Renown – Passion – Cross Rhythms". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  42. ^ "Passion: A Generation United For His Renown". Last.fm. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  43. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Essential-Collection-DVD-Combo/dp/B00NFSM4MG