One of the questions that was texted in this past Sunday said, “How was the Passion Conference? Scott, what is that green bracelet on your wrist?”
Well, I thought you’d never ask!
Last week my wife Kristen and I took a group of six college students and two high school seniors down to Atlanta for the Passion 2013 Conference. This is a gathering of students in the 18-25 age range for the purpose of worship, teaching from God’s word, prayer, and raising awareness and funds for ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery. This year’s conference drew 60,000+ students, and these “poor” college students raised over 3 million dollars to go to twenty different organizations such as International Justice Mission and others that are working all around the world to put an end to slavery in all its forms! Wow!!!
The worship times were powerful. We were led in worship from some of today’s most prominent leaders and songwriters: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Kari Jobe, David Crowder, and several others. There is something so significant and inspiring about being in a stadium with 60,000 people all singing the praises of Jesus together!
We also learned from some great Bible teachers, including John Piper, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Judah Smith, and Louie Giglio, the founder of Passion Conferences. I was so encouraged by the conversations we had with our students about their faith, and hearing about all God is doing in their lives. We had a great time together, and each one of us walked away with a renewed love for God and the challenge to be the generation that sees slavery ended in our lifetime!
After each main conference session, we were divided into community groups of 3,000 people each that met in different venues throughout the Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center. Each person had a bracelet with a color that denoted what community group they were in. So that’s what my green bracelet was for. Within each community group, we broke into small groups of 8-10 people and discussed what God was teaching us throughout the week.
Below is a video piece that CNN did on the Passion Conference.