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Atlanta’s Passion City Church, sixsteps records—a label with signiﬁcant inﬂuence in today’s modern worship scene with a roster boasting names like Chris Tomlin and David Crowder Band—and Passion-oriented tours stateside and abroad. “We didn’t set out to make a bunch of Passion worship albums or to produce live events,” says Giglio. “Our heart and focus is to see a spiritual movement in this generation of university students.” And though business is good, Giglio’s musical roster often topping Christian music bestseller’s lists, the pastor’s original intent remains intact. “ [Our aim] is to see the spiritual climate change on college campuses across America, and the world, as students awaken to live their lives to make Jesus famous.” sixsteps recording artist Christy Nockels seconds that notion. “What a for the world, for music, for college students and, most importantly, the pursuit of the glory of God.” That pursuit, says Cheryl Bell, director of events for Passion Conferences, is not just eventoriented. “Passion is about leveraging your life for the name of Jesus Christ. It is about living with eternal perspective.” Inspired by Scripture, the Passion staff is hoping to raise up a “268 generation,” deﬁned by the words of Isaiah 26:8: “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” “When someone who is at such a deﬁning moment (as they are between 18-25) gets that everything in this life is for, about, in and through Jesus, then it alters the course of their life,” Bell says. And rather than just hoping for a passing “mountaintop experience” again and “Passion has changed the way I do life Each gathering has helped to shape my heart as a writer, a worship leader, a wife and a mom.” —Christy Nockels joy to see that [Passion’s] core has not wavered. It is still about the fame and renown of Jesus.” As a team member since day one, Nockels has witnessed the movement’s evolution from a local outreach to an international ministry. “Passion has changed the way I do life,” the singer/songwriter says, confessing the call is not only for those in attendance but for those leading as well. “Each gathering has helped to shape my heart as a writer, a worship leader, a wife and a mom. Because of the way Passion stays connected with what is going on in culture, my heart has broadened 28 [ccmmagazine.com] again, Bell desires to inspire a true worship lifestyle, day in and day out. “Our heartbeat is about connecting students to a movement rather than doing events.” Some onlookers may remain skeptical that bigger and better wasn’t the mindset from the get-go, but Giglio conﬁrms Passion was not a marketing plan. And considering the inﬂuence the conference and its offspring has had on not only music culture but the church culture at large, it is safe to say there’s a Greater Hand helping create the volumes of worship resources Passion produces each year. Looking back, Giglio says from a pastoral heart, “We had no idea what was ahead but were expectant along the way as we sought and followed what Christ had set before us.” For more info on Passion, visit 268generation.com. Have you attended a Passion conference? Click here to share how Passion has made a lasting mark on your life.