The Story of Passion

Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.

From its start in 1995, the Passion movement has had a singular mission—calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. For us, what matters most is the name and renown of Jesus. We believe in this generation and are watching God use them to change the climate of faith around the globe.

Since the first gathering in 1997, Passion has had the privilege of encountering millions of students and 18-25 year olds, a sea of young people whose lives have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Their voice is getting louder as they rise, united as a generation, bringing hope and light to the world.

Since 2007, believing worship + justice are two sides of the same coin, students at Passion have generously given over $18 million to 70 amazing partner organizations around the world.

Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His Name.

The wave is growing into a global awakening.

See Our Heartbeat

Since our first gathering in 1997, Passion has had one goal: calling students from across the country and around the world to leverage their lives for what matters most—the name and renown of Jesus. Decades later, this is still our heartbeat.

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Leading the Way

Louie + Shelley Giglio

Louie and Shelley, together founded Passion Conferences in 1997, uniting college-aged people in events around the globe. In 2009, sensing God calling them to extend the heartbeat of Passion to the local church, they planted Passion City in the city of Atlanta. Louie and Shelley have a desire to see our neighborhood and the world come to know the grace we have found in Christ. In everything we do here at Passion City Church, they lead us towards one single name…JESUS.

268 Declaration


During the early days of the Passion Movement, God connected our story to the confession found in Isaiah 26:8, specifically the last phrase which says, “For your name and renown are the desire of our souls.” The heart of Passion is God’s glory, and God is most glorified in us when we live lives that are fully satisfied in Him.

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    A passion to know God above all things

    Because I was created by God and for His glory, I desire to make knowing and enjoying God the passionate pursuit of my life.

    God, give me a desire to know You more.

    Colossians 1:16-18, John 17:3, Revelation 3:20, Philippians 3:7-10, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Psalm 16:11, 63:2-5, 73:25-28, Isaiah 43:7


    Love for the local expression of His church

    Because Christ established the Church for God’s glory, I will invest the gifts He has given me in the life and mission of my local church.

    God, give me a greater love for Your church, the body of Christ.

    Ephesians 2:18-22, 3:20,21, 4:1-13, 5:25-27, Hebrews 10:23-25, Acts 2:41-47


    Unity among believers that amplifies His name

    Because God’s fame is amplified when believers love each other, I will strive for unity among all Christians on my campus.

    God, give me a desire to lift up your name above all other names.

    John 13:34-35, 17:20-26, 1 Corinthians 3, Psalm 34:3, 12-14, 133:1, Colossians 3:12-17, James 3:17-18


    A desire to see Christ celebrated where I live

    Because many around me are separated from God, I will share the story of Jesus where I live.

    God, cause my life to be an unmistakable source of grace and hope to those around me.

    2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Romans 10:11-15, Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 5:13-16, 1 Peter 2:9-12, Philippians 2:12-16, 1 John 5:14-15


    Willingness to shine the gospel to all people

    Because God is seeking worshipers of all peoples, I will spread His fame among the nations, fully participating in His global purposes and engaging poverty and injustice in Jesus’ name.

    God, kindle in me the desire to go anywhere, at anytime, at any cost, to do anything to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Psalm 67, 86:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Isaiah 49:6, Revelation 5:9-14, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, James 1:27, Proverbs 31:8-9, Isaiah 1:17