Upwards of 50,000 young adults packed into the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia for the Passion 2024 conference earlier this month. The event, which was hosted by Atlanta’s Passion City Church, was designed to draw thousands of young Christian adults together for an affirmation of faith and has left leaders calling for a nationwide revival.
Louie Giglio, the lead pastor at Passion City Church, was taken back by the event’s massive turnout and predicted that a revival could be on the horizon. “If 50,000 students are going to come so that they can worship God and offer their lives to Him, there’s an awakening happening in our generation,” Giglio said.
“Every year at Passion, we have seen the gospel displayed and on the move and what does that look like? Well, that does look like chains breaking it does look like people being humbled to the point of ‘no I need a Savior.’ It looks like a live chain, it looks like the dead coming to life. It looks like the blind seeing. It looks like the Bible, right?” the pastor went on to say in a video statement.
The Atlanta Passion City Church was founded in order to counter the rise of secularism and decline of Christianity in America’s universities. “Passion was born up because we thought there needs to be a conference. But it was born out of the burden that we had for at the time, close to 20 million college students in America. And so what we’ve been praying for from day one is a spiritual awakening in this generation,” Giglio said.
The group previously organized an event that drew upwards of 40,000 Christian young adults to a field in Memphis, Tennessee.