More than 65,000 young adults rung in the new year at Passion 2020. Passion 2020 is a gathering of 18- to 25-year-olds and their church and campus leaders-is the largest gathering of its kind for the age group in the United States, showing that the church is alive and well, and that Jesus is still important to millennials and Gen Z.
Passion 2020 comprises of students and leaders from more than 1,680 universities, all 50 states and 81 countries. This year marks a return to a single location, as past years have featured multiple venues and a mix of live and streamed performances and speakers. For the first time ever, Passion's opening night, Dec. 31, will be broadcast live and worldwide on TBN. No one has to miss out on the powerful next few days as the remainder of the conference will be livestreamed on the conference's website.
Leading the way at Passion 2020 will be Passion founders Louie and Shelley Giglio, and Passion Band, joined by guests Christine Caine, Levi Lusko, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, Tim Tebow and Sadie Robertson.
Worship leaders and bands include Crowder, Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes, Elevation Music, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Social Club Misfits, Tedashii and Sean Curran.
Passion believes that worship and justice go hand in hand, so students will arrive to serve as well as worship. 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. Ending modern-day slavery is still a focus of Passion 2020; however, Passion is also calling students to give toward Share Light, a campaign to see the Bible Scriptures 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 can make a huge impact in realizing the goal of interpreting the Scriptures for the remaining languages in this generation. A flame from Jerusalem is making its way 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."