Passion City Music Coming to HSU By: Annabelle Smallwood

Passion City Music is coming to Hardin-Simmons University on Nov. 9, for a city-wide night of worship.


Passion City is a church located in Atlanta, Ga., that is led by Pastor Louie Giglio. Each year, Giglio puts together an event called “Passion” with the goal of reaching college students. The main purpose of this event is to unite college students for a spiritual awakening in this generation. At that event, over 50,000 college students are led in worship by Passion City Music.


There are many different leaders who contribute to Passion City Music, but Hardin-Simmons will be welcoming Jeff and Jourdan Johnson into Behrens Auditorium as they lead students and people across the city in worship. Jeff Johnson is not only a part of Passion City Music, but he has also written a well-known song for Lauren Daigle. His song, “How Can It Be,” received a Dove Award in 2015.


This event was mainly put together by Tiffany Stotts, director of Worship Leadership and associate director of Spiritual Formation for Worship, and Dr. Travis Craver, director of Spiritual Formation. They are also partnering with student life and enrollment to host this major event. Stotts has been friends with Jeff and Jourdan Johnson for a long time, and she reached out to see if they would be interested in coming to Abilene for a worship night.


“We wanted to open it up for the whole city because HSU hasn’t hosted a city wide worship night in several years,” Stotts said. “President Bruntmyer wanted it to be a community gift, so admission is free, but you do have to have a ticket.”


According to Stotts this group has a strong gospel emphasis on diversity and they are passionate about college students. This is why she believes that this event is fitting for our city.


A worship workshop will be held earlier that day, and Passion will be able to work one-on-one with our chapel band students to teach them worship-leading skills. The actual worship event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Behrens Auditorium. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.


There will also be a coffee truck outside of Behrens for everyone to enjoy.


“Any opportunity that we can take together as a community is something that we don’t get very often,” Stotts said. “That would be the first reason people should come--to come together as a city with people that you may not cross paths with, but we are all followers of God. Secondly, because Passion is rooted in wanting to see college students in a relationship with the Lord, they have a lot of experience in that area. This night will be very beneficial to hear directly from them instead of having to go to Atlanta. We are already singing their songs in chapel, so why not actually be with them and sing their songs to the Lord?”