This past week, Uncommon Sports Group was able to host seven USG members in Atlanta, GA, for Passion Conference 2023. If you are unfamiliar with Passion, it is a conference hosted by Passion City Church in the Atlanta metro that seeks to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer, and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. This year, the conference was held in both Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA. Our group attended in Atlanta at the State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks.
Throughout the three days, our members were able to lay aside the tasks and responsibilities that are usually required in their busy athletics schedules and focus on resting in the Lord. The conference kicked off on January 3rd and began with worship from Passion City Music, Kari Jobe, and Cody Carnes. It is always such a joy to worship the Lord with 18,000 other believers! The first night was capped off by a powerful message from Christine Caine, as she taught on the book of Exodus.
The second day of Passion consisted of some worship from Elevation Worship, Passion City Music, Sean Curran, and Crowder! Our group was encouraged and challenged by some incredible speakers, including Jackie Hill Perry, Jonathan Pokluda, and Louie Giglio. We also had the opportunity to visit Overtime Elite’s facilities in downtown Atlanta. Overtime Elite (OTE) is a basketball prep program for high school athletes. One of our USG members, Justin Wrenn, works full-time with OTE as a Data Scientist. Justin gave our Passion group a tour of the OTE facilities and answered questions regarding his faith and career journey. Opportunities such as these are very eye-opening for our members who desire to pursue a career in sports, as it shows them the ins and outs of various sectors of the sport industry.
Our final day at Passion Conference was quick but powerful! We worshiped one final time with Passion City Music and heard from two incredible and well-known speakers, Tim Tebow and Sadie Robertson. As inspiring as it is to see our members grow in their careers, it is doubly as inspiring to see them grow in their relationships with Christ. Passion Conference is an incredible opportunity to be challenged, encouraged, and equipped by some of the most influential leaders within the faith community.
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