Passion Conferences’ OneDay03 Set

In May of 2000, Passion Conferences’ OneDay gathering was the largest collegiate
gathering of its kind in over 25 years, drawing more than 40,000 college students from all over the world. On Memorial Day
Weekend, May 24-27, 2003, a completely new generation of college students will be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime
event during OneDay03.
To be held on a private 400-acre ranch near Sherman, TX, OneDay03 is a solemn assembly, gathering college-aged people in
worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation. Hosted by Passion Conferences, the event will begin May 24 and
build to the focal point, OneDay, on May 26. Prior to the final closing session Tuesday morning, May 27, various well-known
worship leaders, bands and speakers will lead the students gathered at OneDay03 through movements of intercession, celebration,
confession, reflection, adoration and repentance.
OneDay03 is open to all those in the 18-26-age range, as well as graduate students, adult leaders and students entering their senior
year in high school. Detailed schedule and registration information can be found at, with discounts for early
registration by January 31.
“At its core, OneDay03 is really quite simple: God is amazing. Unrivaled. Glorious. Central,” says Louie Giglio, Passion
Conferences founder/director. “That’s true everywhere in the universe today, yet in large measure His praise is absent from the
campuses of the nation and the world. Our desire is to see God’s name magnified in this collegiate generation. That simple
heartbeat fuels the vision for OneDay03.”
“OneDay is a belief that some things never change,” continues Giglio. “It is a conviction that we, as a nation, are in a desperate
dilemma. The solution is not more stuff, another clever idea, some catchy program, a new plan or the next passing fad. The
answer is the mercy of God unleashed through fervent prayer.”
The Passion movement began in 1995 with a stirring in the heart of Passion founder Louie Giglio. Born out of a desire to see the
13 million college students of the nation awaken to the reality of a glorious God, the vision took shape under the leadership of
men like Giglio, Jeff Lewis and the board of Choice Ministries, the non-profit umbrella for Passion Conferences. Like-minded
campus ministers then met together in 1996 and paved the way for the first Passion gathering in January 1997. Two thousand
students converged on Austin, TX, for Passion ’97, seeking God for radical change in their lives and world.
Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, a generation began to emerge with a passion for God’s glory among the nations. In 1998,
5000 students returned to Austin and in 1999, 11,500 gathered in Fort Worth, TX, for Passion ’99. Challenged by leaders like
Bill Bright, Beth Moore, John Piper, Louie Giglio, Gregg Matte and others, students left Fort Worth centered on a God-ward
lifestyle and inspired by the idea of a solemn assembly that was to become OneDay.
In May of 2000, Passion’s OneDay gathering was not a festival, nor a demonstration, but rather a sacred assembly of prayer,
repentance and worship, uniting tens of thousands of collegians from every state in the nation, and from around the world, on the
expanse of Shelby Farms just outside Memphis, TN.
Following the first OneDay event, Passion embarked on the Passion Experience national tour in the fall of 2001 and again in the
spring and summer of 2002. Featuring numerous workshops with popular worship leaders, the tour shared the Passion vision.
In the spring of 2002, Passion also hosted the “Thirsty Conference,” its first gathering specifically for campus ministers. On
October 24 of that same year, Passion hosted a nationwide concert of prayer and worship by satellite linking students from
coast-to-coast as Giglio and sixsteps/Sparrow Records artists Chris Tomlin, the David Crowder Band and Charlie Hall led the
students to seek the face of God for awakening in this collegiate generation. The Link was broadcast to an estimated 50,000
students on over 200 campuses and churches.
Through Passion’s partnership with Sparrow Records, five Passion worship recordings and two DVDs have been released to
markets worldwide. To date, nearly 1,000,000 copies of the recordings have been sold.
“Uniting a student generation is not an easy task,” says Liz Crystal, OneDay03 team coordinator. “To blow the trumpet
throughout the nation requires the dedication of a massive team, a collective army of vision-spreaders in every corner of the land.”
Toward that end, Passion is looking for students who will help carry the OneDay03 vision where they live. To find out more
about OneDay03, go to
The unique purpose of Passion and OneDay03 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.


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