Winter Break Conference Lineup

Young adults looking to attend a Christian conference between their fall and spring semesters can choose CROSS CON21, Passion 2022 or Cru’s Winter Conference.


Several organizations that minister to 18- to 25-year-olds take advantage of the fact that many young adults are available during the stretch between Christmas Day and when their college classes resume in January. This window of time has become popular for faith-based conferences targeted at that age group.

For the convening organizations, it’s a time when their potential attendees are likely available and willing to travel. For the attendees, it’s an opportunity to begin a new calendar year worshiping with peers. It’s a way to set the tone for the next 12 months.

Below is a breakdown of three conferences for 18- to 25-year-olds and those who lead them.

When: Dec. 29-Jan. 1
Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville
Speakers: David Platt, John Piper, J.D. Greear, Trip Lee and more
Notes: CROSS CON21 is offering a Digital Access Pass, which essentially means virtual registration to access the content live or on demand.
Notes: This is the only conference with sponsors. Sponsors include Radius International, Radical, Crossway, Reaching & Teaching and Desiring God. The convention center has a capacity of up to 19,500 people.

Passion 2022
When: Jan. 1-2
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Speakers: Louie and Shelley Giglio, Christian and Sadie Huff, David Platt, Christine Caine, Tim Tebow and more
Notes: Passion will be streamed outside of North America and translated into several different languages in real time. This is the shortest conference, with just an evening session on Jan. 1 and then programming for all of Jan. 2. It’s also the largest conference, with a potential capacity of 71,000 people at the venue.

Winter Conference (Cru)
Winter Conference is facilitated by Cru, an organization with ministries on 2,300 U.S. college campuses. Like in recent years, Cru is holding four regional gatherings and a virtual event over winter break. Attendees don’t have to be part of a Cru group on a college campus to attend the conference, though the content is all geared toward students.

When: Dec. 28-Jan. 1
Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Speakers: Eric Rivera, Darryl Smith, Rachel Gilson

When: Jan. 1-5
Where: Hilton Anatole
Speakers: Dr. Crawford Loritts, Jada Edwards, Kyle Worley

When: Dec. 28-Jan. 1
Where: JW Marriott Indianapolis
Speakers: Eric Rivera, Darryl Smith, Rachel Gilson

When: Dec. 28-Jan. 1
Where: Hilton Minneapolis
Speakers: Rich Perez, Hung Thach, Heather Holleman

Feb. 2-6
Speakers: Jennie Allen, Mark Sayers, Dusty Hoffman