Bethel Music is a ministry of Bethel Church that facilitates and administrates the creation and exportation of worship songs, events, teachings, resources and technology. Our Mission is to carry the culture of Heaven to the nations through worship and to see the global expansion of God’s Kingdom through His manifest presence.
Formed in 1998, Hillsong United is led by Brian and Bobbie’s son, Joel Houston. Hillsong United has created 16 albums. Their song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” from their album Zion reached platinum status in the U.S. The group has toured for many years, packing out large venues like the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. In 2016, Hillsong United was named Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Their latest album, of Dirt and Grace, released July 2016.
New York native Andy Mineo is a hip hop recording artist known for his reflective lyricism. His sophomore album, Uncomfortable, became the No. 1 Independent record in the country and delivered a No. 3 and No.10 position on Billboard’s Hip Hop and Top 200 album charts, respectively. Andy Mineo carries his music beyond through scripting, producing and directing many of his own music videos.
Free Chapel Music brings a unique take on modern worship, emphasizing God's love and leading others to dive deeper into his presence. Based out of Gainesville, GA, Free Chapel Music's goal is to bring joy to worship and to help others connect to God in unimaginable ways. Lead by Jonathan Ernstly Etienne, the heart of FC Music for God is undeniable.
Joel Houston is a world-renowned songwriter and worship leader. He is a Creative Director for Hillsong Church globally and he currently lives in New York City, where he is helping to build Hillsong NYC. Joel travels the globe with Hillsong United who desire to see a generation across the earth awakened to real love, rise up with hearts as one and find value in the broken, hurting and lost. Joel’s other passion is his family, being the husband to Esther and father to his newborn son Zion.
JENTEZEN FRANKLIN IS THE SENIOR PASTOR OF FREE CHAPEL, A MULTI-CAMPUS CHURCH WITH A GLOBAL MINISTRY. FREE CHAPEL IS KNOWN FOR HELPING PEOPLE ENCOUNTER GOD IN A RELEVANT WAY. JENTEZEN IS ALSO A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND HE SPEAKS AT CONFERENCES WORLDWIDE. HE AND HIS WIFE CHERISE HAVE FIVE CHILDREN AND two grandchildren.
Chad Veach is the pastor of ZOE Church in Los Angles, California. Pastor Chad is a leading voice to this generation, who travels both nationally and internationally. He has devoted his life to loving God, loving people, and building the local church. In addition, he has recently authored the book, “Unreasonable Hope.” Chad and his wife Julia have three beautiful children: Georgia, Winston, and Maverick. .
Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. Christine has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. In 2015, they also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for success and develop a sense of God-given purpose. Her most recent book is, Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny.
Born to an unwed teenager who once considered abortion as an option for solving her "problem," Reggie Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive. After graduating from college, Reggie began public speaking. During one speaking engagement, his host asked if he would be interested in addressing a high school assembly. From that small beginning in 1987, Reggie has become a popular public school speaker. Reggie lives in Ft. Myers, Florida with his wife Michele and their son Dominic.
Ben Prescott and his wife Caressa are lead pastors of Free Chapel Orange County. Free Chapel is a multi-campus church with a global reach under senior Pastor Jentezen Franklin. Ben attended Planet Shakers Church in Melbourne, Australia where he served on the youth staff for twelve years. He also spent two years as state director for a national youth movement known as "Youth Alive" that reaches teenagers across Australia. Ben's passion is to see people's lives transformed by the power of God.
Each year, 13,000 students gather at the Infinite Energy Arena to be part of an incredible weekend of worship and fun. Featuring the best worship artists and guest speakers in the world, Forward Conference is a weekend you will never forget. It’s more than just a conference - it’s a call to this generation to leave the past behind and push forward into the plans God has for their lives.
Check-In Begins | 3P
Doors Open | 6P
Session 1 | 7P
Doors Open | 9A
Session 2 | 10A
Break | 12P
Doors Open | 6P
Session 3 | 7P
Doors Open | 9A
Session 4 | 10A
Break | 12P
Doors Open | 4P
Session 3 | 5P
Free Chapel Gainesville, Gwinnett, Buford | 9A
Free Chapel Gainesville, Gwinnett, Buford | 11A
Forward Conference is catered toward middle school, high school, and young adults — ages 11 and up.
Forward Conference is held at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA. For directions please check out the Area Info.
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The early bird rate is $90 until April 30. Price increases to $100 after May 1st.
Sorry, all sales are final, and cannot be transferred or refunded.
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!
Tribe A = ICE (blue)
Tribe B = QUAKE (yellow)
Tribe C = Cyclone (red)
Tribe D = Lit (orange)
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.
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 80 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 80 tickets or more. If resources allow, our next largest groups will be contacted if we can accommodate them.
Check-in will begin at 3PM and will be available all weekend long.
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 Infinite Energy Arena.
Childcare is not provided for this event. Forward Conference is catered toward middle school, high school, and young adults — ages 11 and up.
Yes. You can download our press kit here (ZIP archive, 219.2 MB).