Passion Conferences

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Passion Conferences
Passion Conference Hurricane Logo.jpg
Founded 1997
Founder Louie Giglio
Type 501(c)(3)

Passion Conferences is a Christian organization (also referred to as Passion and 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, 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. Passion World Tour 2010 also started in Kiev, and continued in London, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong, São Paulo and Vancouver.[citation needed] Passion World Tour of 2012 was held in Vancouver, Pretoria, Kampala, Durban and Cape Town.[citation needed]


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]

In 2016, Passion Conference was simultaneously held in three arenas in two cities: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas; Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, Georgia; and Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Through live streaming capabilities, students were able to see the various speakers and musicians from each of the three venues throughout the 3-day event.[11]

In 2017, Passion held their annual collegiate event in Atlanta, Georgia's Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons before renovations.[12] That year, Passion set out to ensure all that children awaiting sponsorship would be sponsored by their partner Compassion International. By the end of the conference, all children on the sponsorship waiting list from El Salvador, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Tanzania were all off the waiting list and then another 900 were sponsored from Bolivia which went above and beyond what was expected from event holders.[13] Among the artists and speakers, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, and Passion Music all were present with surprise appearance by Carrie Underwood and the debut of sixsteprecords latest artist Jimi Cravity.[citation needed]



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, Ravi Zacharias, Matt Chandler, Levi Lusko, Jay and Katherine Wolf, authors of the book "Hope Heals"


Chris Tomlin performing at the May 23–24, 2008 Passion Conference in São Paulo, Brazil.

Sixstepsrecords artists form the core group of artists performing at the Passion Gatherings, including Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill.

Other artists that have performed at Passion Gatherings include Brett Younker, Lecrae, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North, Shane and Shane, SonicFlood, Gungor, Rend Collective, and Sean Curran of Bellarive.

Door holders[edit]

The men and women who volunteer at the conferences are called door holders.[14] They serve on different teams such as community groups, logistics and registration[15] and are considered to be at the core of the gatherings. They travel from all over the nation to serve at these gatherings. At various times throughout the year Passion City Church has special events for Door Holders.[16][better source needed]

Charitable contributions[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[17] and in 2012 $3.3 million towards freedom[18] and over 72,000 signatures were obtained towards a petition for freedom.[19] At Passion 2013 attendees gave over $3.6 million towards various causes, and it was at this conference that Passion Conferences first launched its partnership with The END IT Movement.[20]

At the 2015 Atlanta conference, attendees collected items to donate to Atlanta's City of Refuge homeless ministry.[21] In 2016, attendees gave $811,813.39 towards Project Haraka حركة, a partnership with World Vision USA to fund the building of a health facility in Syria. This building is intended to serve as the first newborn ICU in opposition-controlled Syria.[22]



All albums were produced on the Sparrow / sixstepsrecords label unless specifically noted.

Year Title Peak chart positions Notes

1997 Our Soul's Desire
1998 Live Worship from the 268 Generation Live album
1999 Better Is One Day 4 Live album
2000 The Road to One Day 3 139 Studio album
2000 One Day Live 12 158 Live album
2000 Our Love is Loud 4 77 Live album
2003 Sacred Revolution: Songs From OneDay 03 5 107 Live album
2004 Hymns Ancient and Modern 8 163 Live album
2005 How Great Is Our God 2 74 Live album
2006 Everything Glorious 2 69 Live album
2008 God of This City 3 74 Live album
2010 Awakening 1 15 Live album
2011 Here for You 1 11 Live album
2012 White Flag 1 5 Live album
2013 Let the Future Begin 1 4 Live album
2014 Take It All 1 4 Live album
2015 Even So Come[25] 1 18 Live album
2016 Salvation's Tide Is Rising 1 19 Studio album
2017 Worthy of Your Name[26] 1 32 Live album
2018 Whole Heart 1 37 Live album

"—" 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
2006 Passion: The Early Session
  • Released: February 28, 2006
  • Label: Six Steps
  • Format: Digital download
2006 The Best of Passion (So Far)
  • Released: December 26, 2006
  • Label: Sparrow / sixstepsrecords
  • Format: 2xCD
2007 Live From Passion07
  • Released: 2007
  • Label:
  • Format: three iTunes bundles, two songs each
2008 A Generation United for His Renown
  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Label: EMI CMG
  • Format: CD
2014 Passion: The Essential Collection
  • Released: November 10, 2014
  • Label: Capitol Christian Music
  • Format: CD/DVD


List of singles and peak chart positions
Single Year Peak chart positions

Christ Air.

US Christ Digital
"White Flag"
(featuring Chris Tomlin)
2012 8 3 White Flag
"One Thing Remains"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
1 6
"The Lord Our God"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2013 18 Let the Future Begin
"In Christ Alone"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2014 32 25
"My Heart Is Yours"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
13 12 32 Take It All
"Even So Come"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2015 7 3 7 Even So Come
(featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone)
2016 16 16 27 Salvation's Tide Is Rising
"Simple Pursuit"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
41 27
"Glorious Day"
(featuring Kristian Stanfill)
2017 25 19 Worthy of Your Name

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Interview Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra. "Q&A: Louie Giglio". 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". Archived from the original on May 10, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  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". Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Louie Giglio: The Heart Behind the Passion". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "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. ^ "40,000 Christian College Students Flood Three Arenas for Massive 'Passion' Event – and Here's the Remarkable Thing They Accomplished". The Blaze. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Poole, Shelia. "Passion 2017: Atlanta faith-filled event reaches out to millennials". ajc. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Passion Students Sponsor Every Compassion Child in Four Countries". Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Door Holders – Passion 2015". Passion 2015. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Door Holder Teams". Passion 2015. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "US Conference – Passion City Church". Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Passion 2011 Brings in Record High $1.1 Million". Christian Post. 
  18. ^ "College kids vow to end slavery". 
  19. ^ "Christian students fight slavery". 
  20. ^ "Passion 2013 Donates Over $3 Million to Fight Human Trafficking". Christian Post. 
  21. ^ "Passion Conference returns to Philips Arena". WXIA. January 2, 2015. 
  22. ^ Longs, Herb. "Passion 2016 Raises Over $800,000 To Build Hospital in Syria". Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Passion Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Passion Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  25. ^ "iTunes - Music - Passion: Even So Come (Deluxe Edition) [Live] by Passion". March 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Integrity Direct - Passion: Worthy Of Your Name - Christian Music, Worship Music, Books and DVDs". Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Passion: the early session 01". Retrieved November 11, 2017 – via Amazon. 
  28. ^ Russ Breimeier. "The Best of Passion [So Far]". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Review: The Best Of Passion (So Far) – Passion – Cross Rhythms". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Review: A Generation United For His Renown – Passion – Cross Rhythms". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Passion: A Generation United For His Renown". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Passion: The Essential Collection". November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2017 – via Amazon. 
  33. ^ "Passion - Christian Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Passion Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Christian Airplay. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Passion Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Christian Digital Song Sales. Retrieved April 7, 2018.