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Oct 27 2006

What percentage of college students profess faith in Christ?

PassiongothicIf you are involved in collegiate ministry, you may be aware of the CIRP survey.  According to the website, the CIRP survey is a "freshman survey conducted by this national research program, and is designed to provide community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities a cost-effective method of collecting comparative data on their entering students for use in institutional decision-making, research, and assessment activities."

Louie Giglio comments on the finding that according to the survey 78% of college students do not consider themselves to be "born-again Christians."  It is this staggering statistic that provides much of the motivation behind Passion, whose January 2007 conference in Atlanta is fast-approaching.  Writes Louie, at the 268 Blog:

That means sometime in the next few hours, millions of students will close their eyes for another night, not knowing (and possibly never hearing) that they are objects of Divine affection…and that as mysterious as it sounds, the Son of God actually put Himself in harms way so that their messed up lives could be mended and restored in the grace of God.

If you’ve ever wondered, that’s what’s driving Passion. Yes, we are moved by the glory of God, and the desire to see His fame come to the campuses of the nation. But there is a direct correlation between these millions of hearts awakening and His name echoing through the courtyards.

We are not pouring our energies into Passion07 just so we can have another fantastic event for believers. Rather so that every student might have a chance to breathe mercy and be embraced by hope. We know another Passion gathering is not the solution. That lies in the kindness of God and the willingness of those who do know Him to live out vibrant faith in open spaces so that one by one the numbers can shift and the anthem can grow louder for His renown.

So we are inviting belivers to come from north, south, east and west. Come representing your campus and city. Come and listen to what He has done. And come believing that you can make a difference… and we can see the tide turn for the sake of millions more.

College student? Register for Passion ’07

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