At the beginning of January 2009, when many of our current pledges were probably still in diapers, I attended a retreat at Sky Ranch called 52. I had worked as a counselor the previous summer at Sky and was signed on to be back for the upcoming summer.
To my knowledge, they called it 52 because they wanted it to be a time that prepared you for the next 52 weeks. Those couple days in East Texas allowed me to reflect on what had happened over the course of the previous 52 weeks, which was a ton, and what I wanted the next 52 to look like. The retreat really set a tone for the coming year in a season where I was trying to transition out of Christian infancy.
Starting the year by really digging into the Lord and spiritually preparing yourself for what he might have for you over the next 52 weeks is extremely valuable. And that’s exactly what you will be able to do if you choose to attend Passion Conference as part of BYX Winter Break.
Passion is the premier gathering of college students on the planet. National Director & CDO Brian Lee has positioned BYX incredibly well by developing a strategic partnership with Passion, providing our men with an incredible opportunity to attend such a spectacular event with brothers from across the country.
Let me tell you, I have never been to Passion, but my brother does have one of the CDs from the event, so I’m kind of an expert. You will get to learn from authors who write New York Times Best Sellers in their sleep and speakers whose rhetorical prowess would make Obama himself jealous. Leading us in worship will be Christian artists who have probably sold more than Garth Brooks. We are talking about the Christian Super Bowl here. Passion Conference is second-to-none.
At Passion, we will sit under teaching from the best of the best. These individuals who will take the stage not only have a knack for teaching the Word of God, but they also have a capacity for speaking into the lives of young men and women. These are teachers whose impact will reach far beyond the current generations. My podcast app and Right Now Media queue will be throwing up on the Passion stage.
The most prominent and gifted worship leaders in the country, including Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill and Hillsong United, will be leading take the stage for an epic worship experience. I can’t imagine what it will be like to worship with a stadium full of young men and women.
And we get to experience all of that with our brothers!
Our men will have the opportunity to experience Passion in its entirety. On top of that, a section will be reserved exclusively for BYX brothers to worship together. Men will be able to stay in the same hotel, providing a chance to enjoy down time with brothers. One evening, the National Staff will host an additional session for brothers to come together for a meal and teaching from a prominent alumnus.
I can think of no better way to start the year than to join my brothers in Atlanta to be sharpened and prepared for what The Lord has in store over the next 52 weeks. Get all your brothers together and sign up to attend Passion as part of BYX Winter Break!