Passion 2016 is a gathering for 18-25 year olds. The Jesus Generation united for His fame. On January 2-4, we will be connecting three locations across two cities with a single heartbeat — to lift up the name of Jesus! Over the course of our time, each location will experience live worship in each session and speakers will be both live and live via video.
Times for Passion 2016 Atlanta schedule are ET. Times for Passion 2016 Houston schedule are CT.
*All times are tentative and subject to change.
It is our privilege to lead the way as we lift up the Name of Jesus together. We are honored to have several special guests joining in with us.
Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and the Founder of Passion Conferences, a movement gathering collegiate-aged young people since 1997 in events across the US and around the globe.
Most recently, Passion hosted over 45,000 people at Passion 2015 in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX, uniting students in worship and prayer, and raising awareness for modern-day slavery. In 2008, Louie and his wife Shelley led the team that planted Passion City Church, a local community of faith with the DNA of the Passion movement. Their desire is to inspire this generation to live for what matters most.
With songs including "How Great is Our God," "Jesus Messiah," "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies), "Our God," and most recently, "Jesus Loves Me," to name a few, Chris Tomlin continues to write songs that help people voice their worship to God.
With nine records, numerous No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, 21 Dove Awards, one platinum and five gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music.
With songs including “Come As you Are,” “I AM,” and “Here’s My Heart,” David Crowder has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate songs. His songs have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country.
Crowder’s first solo project, Neon Steeple, has released the Top-5 radio single, "I AM" and the #1 Radio Single “Come As You Are.” Continuing to perform as part of the Passion movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world, Crowder has also penned two books including his acclaimed release, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.”
With songs including “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” “Your Grace Finds Me,” “The Wonderful Cross,” “Blessed Be Your Name,” and “The Heart of Worship,” Matt Redman's songwriting is synonymous with integrity and continues to impact churches around the world.
Leading a generation of worshipers, his songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder*Band, Matt Maher, Hillsong and Passion among others. A key songwriter for today's church and an active worship leader for Passion conferences around the world, Redman has a history of success having garnered two GRAMMY Awards and an ASCAP Award for the song, 10,000 Reasons and additionally, eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The single “10,000 Reasons” has been certified Platinum with over one million downloads by RIAA. Redman currently has three songs populating the Top-5 of the CCLI chart, compiled by churches reporting songs led weekly.
With songs including “Let It Be Jesus,” “Waiting Here For You,” “Healing Is In Your Hands,” “My Anchor,” and “A Mighty Fortress,” Christy Nockels has long had a huge appreciation for music and the role it plays in the kingdom of God.
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997. She's seen first hand how music can sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. On her latest release, Let It Be Jesus, Christy's prayer is to further explore biblical truths that elevate our worship and bind us in our hearts even closer to our creator. Christy believes that her calling in life "is to be a songwriter for my generation to proclaim Jesus' renown."
With songs including “Even So Come,” “My Heart Is Yours,” “Jesus Paid It All,” and “Always,” Kristian continues to be a powerful voice in worship music.
Kristian met Passion Founder, Louie Giglio in 2002. In the fall of 2004, Louie asked Kristian to lead worship for 7:22, a weekly young adult gathering for the city of Atlanta. In 2005, he became actively involved with the Passion movement, first leading a community group at Passion 05, then as a lead worshiper at Passion 06. In 2008 he led at both Passion Regionals USA and on the Passion World Tour and joined the sixstepsrecords family in 2009. In 2013, Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill released the song, "One Thing Remains," from Passion: White Flag and topped the Christian Radio charts for a multiple weeks. Kristian is currently carrying "Even So Come", the latest single from Passion: Even So Come at radio. He currently lives in Atlanta where he serves as a Worship Pastor at Passion City Church.
Brett Younker is a worship leader and songwriter based in Atlanta, Georgia. Brett's heart is for people to see and experience the fullness of God in their lives. Inspired by the words of A.W. Tozer , "Whatever comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us," his desire is to lead people to know Jesus and respond to the greatness of who He is and what He has done.
Currently, Brett, his wife, Aynsley, and their two kids are a part of Passion City Church in Atlanta, where he serves as one of the lead worshippers and as a songwriter for sixsteps Music.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
Christine Caine is director of Equip & Empower Ministries and cofounder of the anti-human trafficking organization The A21 Campaign.
She is also the founder of Propel, a women's initiative to empower women's leadership. She is the author of UNSTOPPABLE: Running the Race You Were Born to Win. Christine and her husband, Nick, live with their two daughters in California.
Rend Collective have never lacked imagination. From the bewildering array of children’s toys and whimsi-cal, handmade oddities they call instruments, to the hare-brained and wonderfully impractical scheme of recording a live album on the beach around a campfire, to the safety-defying audacity of shooting a music video on a fully-operational fishing boat in the turbulent Irish Sea, this fascinating worship community have always pursued the colorful and unexpected.
Fittingly, the genre-blurring artists have an unusual backstory. Hailing from the small coastal town of Ban-gor in Northern Ireland, the Collective developed organically, outside of the influence of the music indus-try and CCM culture, as a self-described “group of confused twenty-somethings trying to figure out faith, life, God and community.”
They gathered at Rend, a ministry for spiritually hungry young adults, desperately seeking an authentic, raw and real expression of church, which was informally pastored by bandleader, Gareth Gilkeson. This honest and genuine movement of prayer and missions was accompanied by the birth of a new breed of worship songs that became the foundation for their first and critically acclaimed 2010 album, “Organic Family Hymnal.”
Since these formative years, the folk-influenced troubadours have, to their surprise, been thrust onto the world stage as leading voices in the evolution of modern worship. Following the 2012 release of artisanal alt-pop project, “Homemade Worship by Handmade People,” the band has gone from strength to strength. Their endearingly raucous live show has brought out thousands of fans to sold out tours on both sides of the Atlantic, and they have shared stages with some of the biggest names in Christian music, such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tenth Avenue North. Foot-stomping revival hymn, “Build Your Kingdom Here,” proved to be a mold-breaking hit at Christian radio and, with views numbering in the mil-lions, the accompanying concept music video was honored with a Dove nomination.
Refreshingly, the international spotlight has little altered the heart of the Irish worshippers.
“We aren’t really so much of a band as we are a family,” explains Rend member Chris Llewellyn. “People are more important than music, art or apparent success.”
This defining passion to foster community is embodied in the intimacy of their live acoustic-folk project, “Campfire.”“Is there anything quite like a campfire?” Gareth asks, “The community that’s built there by people sharing their stories and songs? There’s the smell of burnt marshmallows in the air and it’s like being 10 years of age again and telling all your secrets to your best friend. That’s why we wanted to record an album around the campfire - that kind of openness and vulnerability is exactly what we should see in the great-est community on earth: the church.”
This rootsy, indie-folk style record was a ministry-defining success, rising to number one on the iTunes charts in both the UK and US. The profound, yet simple message of “worship and community re-imagined” clearly resonated with a generation seeking a fresh expression of faith and belonging.
The fun-loving creatives deliver yet another prophetically sharp and sonically innovative message on the studio album,“The Art of Celebration.”
Anyone who has experienced the (barely!) controlled chaos and infectious wildness of a Rend Collective performance know that celebration and joy have always been core values for the worship artists.
“We at Rend Collective have a confession to make,” says Gareth. “We are not actually an indie-folk band - despite all the beards and bow-ties and banjos. We are a celebration band. It’s just a coincidence that folk music and celebration make a great pairing!
“The Art of Celebration is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God,” continues Gareth. “It’s a call to the cynical to once again choose celebration over condemnation and a reminder to the broken that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength’.”
Ravi Zacharias is Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014. Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 43 years in scores of universities, notably Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Cambridge.
He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique.
Mr. Zacharias has direct contact with key leaders, senators, congressmen, and governors who consult him on an ongoing basis. He has addressed the Florida Legislature and the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Texas and Louisiana, and has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN General Assembly each year. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House. He has had the privilege of addressing the National Prayer Breakfasts in the seats of government in Ottawa, Canada, and London, England, and speaking at the CIA in Washington, DC.
Born in India in 1946, Ravi immigrated to Canada with his family twenty years later. While pursuing a career in business management, his interest in theology grew; subsequently, he pursued this study during his undergraduate education. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Well-versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults, and philosophy, he held the chair of Evangelism and Contemporary Thought at Alliance Theological Seminary for three and a half years. Dr. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era, and has been honored with the conferring of six doctoral degrees, including a Doctor of Laws and a Doctor of Sacred Theology.
Mr. Zacharias has authored or edited well over twenty books including the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live Without God (Word, 1994), Walking from East to West (Zondervan, 2006), The Grand Weaver(Zondervan, 2007), Has Christianity Failed You? (Zondervan, 2010), Why Jesus, (FaithWords, 2012), andBeyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2007), which includes contributions from RZIM’s global team. His latest books are a graphic novel version of The Lamb and the Fuhrer (Kingstone Media: June 2014) and Why Suffering?, coauthored with Vince Vitale and released by FaithWords in October 2014. Several of his books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, and other languages.
Ravi has appeared on CNN, Fox, and other international broadcasts. His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” airs on 2152 outlets worldwide, his weekday program, “Just Thinking,” on 721, and his one-minute “Just a Thought,” on 488. Various broadcasts are also translated into Romanian and Turkish, and “Let My People Think” airs as the Spanish-language program “Pensemos” on over 250 outlets in sixteen countries. Additionally, his television program, “Let My People Think,” is broadcast internationally in several countries including Indonesia. RZIM is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, Austria, Spain, and South Africa. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.
Over the last few years, Hillsong UNITED has evolved as a band, but never lost focus on their one purpose and passion: Worship. Creative, diverse and not limited to any one demographic, the heart of Hillsong UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is.
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