Passion is not an event.
it’s not a concert.
Passion is simply defined
in one word better than
any other word, and
that’s the word ‘Jesus.’
– Louie Giglio
From its inception in 1997,
Passion has striven to represent
Jesus to people everywhere.
Founded with a mission to
awaken the 20 million-plus
college students around the world to the
reality of a sovereign God, seventeen
years later, Passion is one of the largest
conferences in the world, reaching thousands
of people around the globe every year.
Led by an all-star roster including founder
and lead speaker, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin,
Kristian Stanfill, Christy Knockles, Matt
Redman, David Crowder and others, Passion
boasts a caliber of excellence largely
unmatched. More than skill, though, it is the
heart of the movement that electrifies arenas
from the United States to Africa to Europe
and everywhere in between. It’s that same
heart that has played a hand in fighting for
basic human rights and freedoms for women
and men who are oppressed in far reaches of
the world. Each year, as Passion reaches out
to college students, it teaches them to also
As committed to social justice and
empowering young people to affect change as
they are to the music and speaking that has
defined them, Passion enables young people
to step up, give back and take a stand against
some of the world’s greatest injustices from
human trafficking to religious persecution.
In 2012, $3.3 million was raised to fight
human trafficking. 2013 brought in another
$2.9 million to the cause. In 2014, the 35,000
college students who attended Passion in
Atlanta and Houston were challenged to give
$500,000 to send Bibles to Iran. That amount
was exceeded by more than $150,000,
totaling $670,000, which provides 65,000-plus
Bibles for the people of Iran.
As radical as it may seem to get that
kind of response from college students, it’s
not at all surprising given the faith of the
founders of Passion. These are people who
have committed their lives to loving young people and showing God’s love to them. And
for every broken college student who walks
through the doors at any Passion event, there
is a prayer of promise, hope and expectation
for him already in place, along with the
steadfast belief in the potential of everyone
to live in the fullness of Christ.
“Our God can make all things new. We’re
not holding out vain hope for you—
formula or some system,” Giglio says. “We’re talking about the resurrection power of Jesus.
Whatever you need isn’t bigger than Jesus
being raised from the dead.”
The strength of that statement is reflective
of the guiding Scripture that has shaped the
vision of Passion from day one: “Yes, LORD,
walking in the way of your laws, we wait for
you; your name and renown are the desire of
our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).
That desire resonates through every Passion album, which captures the annual
event live as only they could — powerfully
and with the type of expertise that allows
listeners to get lost inside the music and the
praise wherever they may be hearing it.
Passion: Take It All
is the 2014 offering,
which tied the 2013 album, Passion: Let the
Future Begin, at No. 4 on the overall Billboard
chart and No. 1 on the Christian album chart.
The single “My Heart is Yours,” featuring
Kristian Stanfill, is striking all the right notes
on radio, as well.
Kristian, one of the newer members of
the small Passion team, relatively speaking,
has also been changed and impacted by the
music and the mission of Passion.
“Chris [Tomlin] is so awesome and funny.
It’s been so cool to be a pastor with him,”
says Kristian. “He’s such a great friend and
mentor. To watch him lead our team like he
does with such humility, and to let guys like
me come up and stand with him, is so cool.
It’s the same with Giglio. All the people who
are leading are the real deal. Integrity is all
over their lives.”
Apparently, it’s contagious. As Passion
continues strong in its mission of walking
in the footsteps of the Lord, awakening the
world to His presence and enabling others
to be the hands and feet of Christ, it’s not a
stretch to imagine that each person who has
a Passion encounter is made better, more
alive, more passionate.
Seems like Louie Giglio was right. A
concert won’t save a soul. No event will stir
the innermost workings of a heart. Only one
thing does that, and that one thing is what
Passion truly is—it’s all Jesus.
“We are not obligated to live a life
according to the Word of God,” concludes
Giglio. “But we may, because mercy has come
and mercy sends us out.”
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