The Blaze | More than 12,000 teens pack Atlanta stadium to worship God — and then raise tens of thousands of dollars for the needy

More than 12,000 teens converged on an Atlanta-area arena for a Christian conference hosted by Jentezen Franklin’s Free Chapel Church.

The “Forward Conference,” as reported by Faithwire, was held to inspire young people to make a difference in the world.

According to its website, the “Forward Conference is dedicated to teaching, equipping, and empowering students to live out their greatest potential, and to move Forward in their relationship with Christ. Our focus is worship, self-growth, and having the best times of our lives. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.”

What are the details?

The conference took place at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, in June. Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz was in attendance, as well as VousChurch’s DawnChere Wilkinson. Both preached at the event.

“Why not use what has been provided for you?” Lentz asked. “Why do we do things on our own? The next chapter of your faith starts with a renewed desire to get to know the Holy Spirit. We desperately need the Holy Spirit to refresh us every day.”

Worship leaders from Hillsong Worship, Passion Music, Bethel Music, and Free Chapel Music were also featured at the event.

Franklin told Fox News that young people can always be counted on to make a change in the world.

“When students are given more than just rules and regulations, and given the opportunity to really make a difference in the world, I have found time after time they rise to the occasion,” he told the outlet.

He also posted about the event on Twitter, writing, “I believe the greatest generation the world has ever seen is right here and right now.”

Fox reported that the teens came from 32 states and five countries.

What else?

In addition to worship, students raised money for New Beginnings, a ministry benefitting abused women in Atlanta.

Donations were also made to the Dream Center, a group that “finds and fills the needs of struggling people from all over the United States,” according to the outlet. Such “needs” include those suffering as a result of experiencing poverty, addiction, and abuse.

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