To kick off the new year, Pastor Nolan took 16 seniors to the Passion Conference in downtown Atlanta Jan 2-4.
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...the name and renown of Jesus.
During the three days of the conference, attendees heard from a variety of Christian speakers, musicians, and special guests, including Crowder, Christine Caine, Louie Giglio, Lecrae, and Matt Chandler.
We asked senior Alexa Cosgrove to share her experience at this year's Passion Conference.
Passion 2019 was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I have been asked since I got back what it was like, or what I could compare it to. The only answer I have been able to give is that Passion was like attending six different mega-churches, all while staying in the same room.
The conference (which consisted of over 40,000 people physically attending as well as millions online watching) was spread out over four arenas in Georgia, Texas, and Washington, D.C. The five different speakers spoke at various locations throughout the sessions, and their messages were broadcast to the other arenas. There were also many different worship bands that traveled to the different arenas, which made each individual session a different experience.
One of the most amazing parts for me was just seeing how large a community I was now involved in and how we were all there to worship one amazing God. I remember just looking around at the 20,000 other people in that arena with me and thinking how amazing it was that we were all there for the same reason. That moment is one that I will definitely never forget.
On day two of the conference, there was a video played about a girl named Ira who lives in the Philippines and is deaf. The video described how she is only able to communicate through a specific type of sign language that is native to her country, and so, until she was 21, she was unable to hear the Gospel and the word of God. It was when she was 21 that she was given videos in her language that preached the gospel to her, and she began to pass them around to her other friends in the deaf community in the Philippines. It turned out that Ira was at Passion this year for her first time, and she was able to come up on stage and talk about her journey and pray over the Passion Conference. Watching Ira pray with such rawness and emotion in front of thousands of people without fear was truly inspiring and something that I will remember forever.
The Passion Conference was something where I had no idea what I was walking into, but I am so glad I took that step in my faith, and I am excited to see what God has planned for Passion 2020.