Singing sensation and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood made a surprise appearance in Atlanta last night at Passion 2017, the annual Christian conference that draws tens of thousands of millennial Christians each year.
This year, upwards of 50,000 are expected to attend the conference that focuses on not only worshipping and praising God corporately, but going out and doing positive things for the community. Raising money to fight human trafficking and donating clothing items for the local homeless in Atlanta are among just some of the charitable actions taken this year.
Young Christians from more than 90 nations are gathering in the massive event, which some argue contradicts claims that the church is dying, especially among young people.
“Maybe the statistics are wrong because it looks like Jesus is doing something big in this generation,” said Brad Jones, global ambassador for Passion conferences and a pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta. “I don’t believe it’s as bad as it seems.
A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that millennials are less likely than older Americans to be religious, although they may believe in God and have spiritual practices. Only about four-in-10 millennials say religion is very important in their lives.
Additional, 27 percent of millennials say they attend religious services on a weekly basis, much lower than 38 percent of baby boomers and 51 percent of the so-called silent and greatest generations.
“College students are at that critical time in life and the decisions you make can affect the trajectory of your life, specifically about your faith,” Jones said. “We want to stand at that crossroads and point people toward what matters most and that, we would say, is the name and glory of Jesus.”
Thanks @crowdermusic for an amazing night of music and to our special guest @carrieunderwood for joining us at Passion 2017! What at start! pic.twitter.com/I0xpy43n8b
— Passion Conferences (@passion268) January 3, 2017
What a way to kick off #passion2017! Come on! Thanks @carrieunderwood for joining me & bringing the house down! photo cred: @marycarolinem pic.twitter.com/XhalkYhJiH
— David Crowder (@crowdermusic) January 3, 2017
Here’s a short clip of her performance:
YALL CARRIE UNDERWOOD WAS @ PASSION @passion268 @carrieunderwood ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/MInYq91UWc
— Macy Baldwin (@macybaldwin) January 3, 2017
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