Passion Church is a growing non-denominational charismatic Church in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. You might be wondering, "What is a charismatic Church?"
A charismatic Church is a branch of Christianity that believes in the practice of the "gifts of the Holy Spirit." The English phrase "gifts of the Holy Spirit" is derived from the Greek word charis (gifts) and the plural form charismata (use of the gifts) from which the English word charismatic emerges. Thus the words charismata and charismatic describe the visible effects of God's grace in word or deed, known more commonly to us as spiritual gifts.
The Bible and church history demonstrate the belief, practice, and continuation of healing, prophecy, and other supernatural gifts of the Spirit through Christians (see 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-12). In fact, the charismatic or Pentecostal branch of Christianity today is the largest segment of Christianity, comprising nearly 700 million of the 2 billion Christians worldwide.
The practical manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit can be seen in Christians who routinely pray for the sick and the needy fully expecting God to bring supernatural healing, deliverance, or otherwise answered prayer through the power of the tangible presence of God.
At Passion Church, we believe exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit should be normal lifestyle of every Christian. We have a heart for the broken and believe that God wants His people to carry His love and power beyond the four walls of the church to those in need. Our desire is to see each member equipped for ministry and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be used by God in establishing His Kingdom in Tucson and beyond. Thus we consistently train our church family how to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit as a normal part of their Christian walk and in living an evangelistic lifestyle. We like to call this "encounter evangelism".
As a charismatic church, we place strong emphasis on worship and prayer. In our meetings we strive to create a place of passionate praise and intimate Spirit-filled worship of our King, Jesus. As we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. In His presence is fullness of joy and we invite His presence to invade our lives, changing us to be more like Him. Our worship, along with being contemporary in style, has a prophetic element that enhances the biblical truth that our songs strive to communicate. It is in the glory of His presence that the prophetic realm opens up to us and we hear God's voice, we sense Holy Spirit direction, and we see God's sovereign acts of healing, deliverance, and salvation.
We take time at the end of every service to pray for the sick and other needs. Our altar team members operate in the gifts of the Spirit as conduits of God's love and grace for those needing healing or other ministry.
Passion Church is part of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening, directed by Dr. Randy Clark (www.globalawakening.com) and the Revival Alliance Network led by Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, and others. These are non-denominational Charismatic/Spirit-Filled ministry networks that believe in and practice the continuance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.