Following the groundbreaking Passion Experience Tour gathering this past April at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Passion is returning for the Subway Series. These localized events are designed to connect students in worship and prayer throughout the New York area. Passion founder Louie Giglio and some combination of lead worshippers Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall and the David Crowder Band will lead each night in partnership with New Hope New York and area campus ministries and churches.
Subtitled "Connecting New York City College Students For His Renown," the Subway Series, kicked off September 16 in the historic St. George Theater on Staten Island, known around NYC as the forgotten borough, but home to at least three colleges/universities. Seven hundred students gathered for a night of worship and prayer and Louie Giglio addressed them saying:
"This was a huge, a significant first step in our desire to bring the Passion movement to the communities of New York. It was a massive privilege to partner with the churches of Staten Island tonight, and with our friends at New Hope New York, and it was humbling to be raising the banner of Jesus in a place where few people come. Staten Island is not forgotten in the economy of God. He is here, alive and well, and He is going to do great things in the hearts of people on this Island. Tonight was just the beginning."
For the next two months, the every-other-Thursday Subway Series schedule will make stops in Staten Island, Lower Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and Upper Manhattan. More information, including directions to each gathering and local church listings, can be found at www.collegeconnectionnyc.com.
Passion often targets major metropolitan areas and conducts special gatherings to strengthen, connect and encourage the local faith community. Following the Subway Series in the greater NYC area, the next metropolitan area Passion will target is Nashville, TN for Passion ’05, a four-day gathering that seeks to inspire college aged people to live for the glory of God.
Uniting Christians from all over the world, Passion ‘05 will be held indoors at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in the heart of Downtown Nashville and is specifically designed for college students between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. Passion ‘05 is also providing smaller breakout sessions called Community Groups, Family Groups and Late Nights in various venues throughout the downtown area within walking distance from the arena. The Community and Family groups are designed to 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 ends each night. Various speakers and artist worshippers will join Late Night, Breakout, and Community Group sessions.
Passion '05 is rooted in Isaiah 26:8 and the 268 Declaration, calling students everywhere to discover what it really means to live for the glory of God on their campuses and throughout the world.
More Passion ’05 information, along with detailed schedule and registration information can be found at www.268generation.com. Discounts for early registration by October 15 are available. Registration fee includes conference materials and lunch on January 3 and 4.
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.