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Everyone has experienced pain, disappointment, failure, loss, discouragement, regret. Everyone has a
yesterday, but…
Life was meant to be lived in one direction Forward.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining FORWARD to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 3:13-14
In 2004, God called Pastor Jentzen Franklin to host the first ever Forward Conference at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA. 500 students encountered God and left that conference unwilling to be contained.  500 students filled with God’s love for their generation turned into a blazing fire drawing thousands from the southeast, the nation, and the world. In 2014, Forward Conference celebrated it’s 10th birthday with over 12,000 youth and young adults flooding the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga to experience an encounter with the One True God. Forward Conference is more than fun games, more than amazing speakers, more than phenomenal worship. Forward Conference is a calling to this generation to leave the past behind and press Forward to what God has planned ahead. 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
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Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin

Jentezen Franklin is a compelling speaker renowned across the globe for his creative and captivating messages. He is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, one of the top twenty-five churches in America (Outreach Magazine) with two campuses in Georgia (Gainesville and Gwinnett) and one campus in Irvine, California.

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Reggie Dabbs

Reggie Dabbs

Reggie is an author and is also considered to be one of the most popular public school and motivational speakers in the world. Reggie speaks to 2.5 million students every year. Reggie makes his home in Ft. Myers, Florida, with his wife Michele and their son Dominic.

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Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, a multi-site church based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation meets at nine locations in the Charlotte area, as well as one location in Toronto, Canada.

Pastor Steven has been privileged to minister to a global audience, speaking at conferences and churches around the world including Catalyst Conference, Hillsong Conference, and the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. He is the New York Times® best-selling author of Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, and Sun Stand Still.

Pastor Steven holds the Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey.

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Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Rich Wilkerson Jr. is a worldwide dynamic communicator with a passion to encourage and inspire this generation to live for Christ. His honest and upfront approach brings a fresh viewpoint and clarity to life’s issues. Rich truly believes in empowering youth and young adults around the world to serve God in a local church. Rich currently serves as an associate pastor at Trinity Church in Miami, Florida. Rich and his wife, DawnChere, lead a weekly young adult gathering in Miami called The Rendezvous. The Rendezvous has grown from 60 people since 2007 and now breaks attendance over 1300 weekly. You can watch Rich every week on JCTV as he hosts the talk show Top3 which features popular Christian personalities and round table discussion on current news.

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Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture band was formed organically through the momentum of a movement whose focus is to equip a generation to be influencers of society. It’s hard to separate the team from the movement, as they really are joined together with one focus: to bring people into an encounter with God’s love through worship and to disciple them to transform society. The Jesus Culture band is fronted by Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala with Ian McIntosh playing keys, Jeffrey Kunde as the lead guitarist, Brandon Aaronson as the bassist, Josh Fisher as the drummer, and Skyler Smith as acoustic guitarist. Each member of the team knows the weight of the call God on their lives and they live devoted to a lifestyle of worship, hoping that their music can help lead all those who hear it into an experience of His presence that won’t leave them the same.
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Banning Liebscher

Banning Liebscher

Banning has been on staff at Bethel Church for over 10 years. He is the director of Jesus Culture Conferences. These conferences are held around the world and are an event where youth and young adults can encounter God, be trained and equipped in the realm of the supernatural, and sent into their city to minister in power. Banning’s passion is to see people fall madly in love with Jesus, demonstrate the power of God, and give themselves to a life of prayer for worldwide revival. His heart is to ignite a prayer movement and raise up and release healing revivalists in cities around the world. Banning & his wife SeaJay love life and always have fun especially with their three children, Ellianna, Raya, and Lake.

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Beth Redman

Beth Redman

Beth Redman is married to Matt, mother to five children and an author, songwriter and communicator. She is a passionate ambassador of the A21 Campaign, fighting to abolish modern day slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century. Beth’s books include God Knows My Name, Soul Sister and Beautiful and with Matt she has co-written songs such as You Never Let Go and Blessed Be Your Name, the latter of which received a Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year. Beth lives in England, UK.
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Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship

Elevation Worship is based out of Elevation church, started
in 2006, in the Charlotte, NC area. From the beginning, Pastor Steven Furtick had a vision for Elevation Worship to write and record songs that reflect the
church’s journey, experiences, and needs. The music released by Elevation
Worship is characterized by a guitar-driven, versatile sound, and lyrics that
reflect the “heart of the house”. The albums range from studio sessions that
correspond with certain seasons in our church, to live recordings that reflect
special nights of worship with the people of our church.

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Lecrae

Lecrae

What started as a practical approach to mentoring the youth population at a local juvenile detention center has led to a worldwide mission. Lecrae has released six bestselling albums and two mixtapes, won a Grammy award and landed a global distribution deal.

Recently, Lecrae co-headlined the highest selling tour in the country. With great coverage in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, XXL Magazine, Vibe Magazine and a Huffington Post Magazine cover, Lecrae is accomplishing his humble goal realized back when performing for juveniles at the detention center.

His current album, Anomaly, was the first solo hip-hop effort by a Christian MC to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart and the Gospel Albums chart in the same week.

Israel Houghton

Israel Houghton

An internationally recognized Grammy award winning worship leader, recording artist, songwriter, and producer, Israel Houghton is a long-time senior worship leader at Lakewood Church. Israel has won five Grammy-Awards, 13 Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Music Award. He has been in full time worship ministry since 1989 and, along with his wife, Meleasa, founded New Breed Ministries in 1995 – a ministry comprised of world-class musicians and singers who travel around the world with a message that crosses cultural, generational, and denominational boundaries. His latest album, Jesus at the Center, debuted on multiple Billboard charts and was listed by Worship Leader Magazine as one of the Top 15 Worship albums of the decade. He, His wife Meleasa, and his children, Mariah, Sonny and Lillie reside in Houston, Texas.

 

 

Area Info

Schedule

Thursday

12P

Check-in

6P

Doors Open

7P

Session 1

Friday

9A

Doors Open

10A

Session 2

12P

Break

6P

Doors Open

7P

Session 3

Saturday

9A

Doors Open

10A

Session 4

12P

Break

5P

Doors Open

6P

Session 5

Sunday

9A

Free Chapel Gainesville | Gwinnett

11A

Free Chapel Gainesville | Gwinnett

While Forward Conference is focused on Middle School through College aged students, all ages are welcome to attend. Ages three and up must pay full price admission. Ages two and under must remain seated in a guardian’s lap throughout the conference if not paying admission.
Forward Conference is held at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, GA. For directions please check out the Area Info.
The registration fee only covers the cost of admission to the conference. It does not cover food, lodging, or any other expenses.
Food and lodging costs are the responsibility of the attendee. Merchandise will be available for purchase throughout the conference.
The preferred method of payment is credit card via the registration site. If you can only purchase by check, please contact our Conference Registration Coordinator at 678-677-8300.
Sorry, all sales are final, and cannot be transferred or refunded.
Yes; however, ticket pricing at the door will be $110 and we cannot guarantee the availability of tickets at that time. We recommend you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to get the lowest price and to avoid the disappointment of ticket unavailability.
Tribes are a fun way to get students involved in the conference. They are seated in the four corners of the arena and “compete” against each other in various games and activities throughout the conference. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed for their tribe!
2015 Tribe names have not been selected yet. Your group leader will receive email notification once tribes have been named.
No. Your confirmation email is all that is required in order to check in for the conference. Upon check in you will receive wristbands for your entire group. These wristbands will be your “ticket” into the conference and will need to remain on each attendee’s wrist throughout the conference. If a wristband is lost, the attendee will be required to pay full price for a replacement.
Wristbands are in limited supply. Please make sure everyone in your group places their wristband securely on their wrist immediately after receiving. Damaged wristbands may be replaced at the box office upon the return of the damaged wristband. Lost wristbands will be required to pay full price for a replacement.
Yes. Ticket purchases of 10 or more will receive an automatic 10% discount and groups of 20 or more will receive an automatic 20% discount.
Select Seating attendees are allowed to enter the arena 30 minutes prior to general entry to ensure that their groups are able to find seats together. To qualify for Select Seating you must be a Free Chapel Member, a Kingdom Connection Partner, or make a single ticket purchase of 70 tickets or more. If resources allow our next largest groups will be contacted if we can accommodate them.
There are no reserved seats. To qualify for Select Seating and gain entry 30 minutes before general admission your group will need to make a single ticket purchase of 70 tickets or more. If resources allow, our next largest groups will be contacted if we can accommodate them.
Day and session passes are not available.
Your wristband is your ticket for Forward Conference. To pick up your wristbands please bring your confirmation email to check in at the arena.
There is no fee for parking at the Gwinnett Arena.
Handicap seating is available throughout the arena. If you need assistance getting into the arena due to crutches, wheelchairs, casts, etc., please notify Guest Solutions upon check in.
Childcare is not provided for this event. Children two and under must be seated in a guardian’s lap during the conference and children three and up are required to pay full admission.
Many area hotels offer group discounts depending on the number of rooms being reserved. Free Chapel and the Forward Conference do not coordinate these rates with the hotels. Please contact your preferred hotel for more information.
No, there are many other hotels available in the area. Partnered hotels listed are simply recommended.
Bus transportation will be provided to Free Chapel students from the Gainesville Campus. Space is limited and a parent or guardian must sign a release form in order for students to participate. Sign ups will be available during Free Chapel services beginning May 3, 2015.
Due to the close proximity of the Gwinnett Campus to the Arena, transportation will not be provided.
Yes, we do! We have a press kit you can download here.
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