I usually do not blog about this type of thing, but this information was too unique to ignore.
Most younger Christians are familiar with the Passion Network and the Passion Conferences. If not, the network usually hosts conferences with speakers like Louie Giglio, John Piper, and Beth Moore. Not to mention musicians like David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Charlie Hall. The last passion conference I attended was in Nashville, Tennessee. If I am not mistaken about 15,000 college aged people showed up, thats pretty big.
Well I recently found out that Louie Giglio and the Passion Network are starting a church. In a video interview Louie casts vision for the church. Just a little background, Louie Giglio has provided leadership for the Passion Network and worked alongside Andy Stanley (The two met at camp…sharing bunk beds in the 7th grade) at Northpoint and Buckhead for a while now.
Louie Giglio argues that ‘the local church is what Christ died for’ and though I have worked alongside the church throughout my life ‘I have never lead a local community’, and ‘God is stirring my heart in that direction’. Louie describes it as ‘a passion to see the local expression of the face of Christ in the city’.
The church will be located in Atlanta. You might be thinking Atlanta? Some might argue that there are enough church’s in Atlanta already? Louie counters that ‘Atlanta is full of people, hundreds of thousands of people, who do not attend a local church, it’s not about how many churches are in a city, but how much of the Kingdom is in a city’. Plus, Atlanta is a great hub for everything else God is doing with the Passion network.
For those of you wondering ‘what this church will look like’, the Passion DNA will be in this local expression. Giglio mentions that Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and the Nockels have alreay moved to Atlanta. The vision is simple “God make your name famous in Atlanta”.
To see the full interview click here.