“Worship is… our response, both personal and corporate, to God – for who He is, and what He has done, expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live."
-Louie Giglio, The Air I Breath
Louie Giglio (Wikipedia)
Have you heard of Louie Giglio and the Passion Movement?
In an effort to follow Christian trends, TWW has been learning about Giglio in recent days because of a huge Christian conference – Passion 2012 – that concluded earlier today in the Georgia Dome. (More on that in tomorrow's post).
Giglio hails from Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary. As the Wiki article states, after finishing his seminary training "Giglio and his wife Shelley began a weekly Bible study called Choice at Baylor University where he was doing graduate studies. After several years, over 10 percent of the Baylor student body was attending the weekly gathering and Giglio's heart for the significance of the "university moment" was set."
According to the Passion website Giglio (with the help of his wife) led a campus-based student ministry at Baylor University for ten years from 1985-95. This ministry, which began with a handful of students, "grew to a movement that soon impacted 10% of the campus population in its weekly gatherings".
In 1995 the Giglios decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia to be close to Louie's parents because his father's health was failing. Before they fully transitioned, Giglio's father passed away in April 1995. Two months later Giglio was on a flight from Dallas to Atlanta when he caught a vision from God to establish a ministry targeting young people around the world. In August 1995 the Giglios officially became Georgia residents, and the following winter the name "Passion" emerged as the Board of Directors and key individuals clarified the vision and planned for its first national gathering of 18 to 25 year olds. According to its website, "Passion exists to glorify God uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation."
This organization is also referred to as the 268 Generation, based on Isaiah 26:8, which states:
"Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and renown and the desire of our souls." (NIV)
In January 1997 the first Passion Conference – Passion 97 – was held in Austin, Texas. Around two thousand students attended this four-day event. The following year five thousand students attended Passion 98. Then in 1999 the event had grown so much that it was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Over 11,500 students attended Passion 99. The ministry has continued to expand around the world, with Passion 2012 drawing 45,000 young people to Atlanta this week.
Contemporary Christian music plays a big part in the success of these Passion Conferences, and artists such as the David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Lecrae, and others inspire the students who attend.
In addition to Louis Giglio, speakers at these Passion conferences include: Francis Chan, Beth Moore, John Piper, among others.
One aspect of this ministry that greatly appeals to young people is "Do Something Now" – a collective financial effort that funds important causes such as rescuing sex slaves and curtailing slave labor around the globe. The younger generation seems to be motivated to take action, and their valiant efforts will be highlighted tomorrow.
According to the ministry website, the Passion Team (consisting of Giglio and a Board of Directors) is "committed to spreading the fame of Jesus Christ to the 16+ million college students of the nation and countless others around the globe." Giglio and his team appear to be effective in carrying out their mission, as will be discussed in the upcoming post.
Louie Giglio and his ministry team have also planted a church in Atlanta called Passion City Church (link).
Here is Louie Giglio explaining how We are Wonderfully Made.
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