Passion 06 opened at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in downtown Nashville at full conference capacity with 18,000 in attendance and students representing all 50 states, 20 countries. Passion 06 is a four-day indoor gathering for college students from around the nation and world and is the second such conference held in Nashville, following last year’s Passion 05.
“We told you at the end of Passion 05 to bring your friends and apparently you took us up on that challenge because we cannot fit one more person in this building,” said Louie Giglio, Passion Conference founder/director, at the gathering’s opening session. Registration closed last week when the conference reached its capacity. Registration numbers surpassed the 11,000 that attended last year’s Passion 05.
“Passion is a tiny speck in what God is doing among college students in this nation and the world,” Giglio said. “But we have been praying for months that God would change you and that generations from now, people would be talking about what God has done in this town, in these days, in your life.”
Passion 06 is being held at the GEC and at numerous venues in downtown Nashville from January 2 – 5, and will be led by renowned speakers Giglio, John Piper and Beth Moore, among others, as well as artist-worshipers Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Nathan and Christy Nockels, and more.
Similar to last year’s gathering, Passion 06 will provide smaller sessions through Community Groups, Breakout Sessions and Late Nights in various venues through the downtown area. The more intimate sessions will allow students to unpack what they learn throughout the week in small group environments and the Late Nights give students a chance to “hang out” after the evening session each night.
The unique purpose of Passion is to gather college students from campuses and churches across the nation, uniting them across ministry and denominational lines to seek the face of God together in worship and prayer. Affirming and valuing the work of local churches and campus ministries, Passion seeks to foster unity and connectivity among them, encouraging them to draw strength and encouragement from each other, resulting in a louder anthem of God’s renown.