Christy Nockels has led worship for gatherings of Christians around the globe for two decades. A key leader for Passion Conferences, her new album, Let It Be Jesus, released this spring. TCW connected with Christy to hear more about her album and how she navigates the relationship between difficult emotions and heartfelt worship.
Christy, you’ve been involved in the Passion movement since the beginning. As you look back over your 18 years with them, what do you see God doing in and through this worship movement?
It’s really powerful to be a part of helping young people express themselves and be in communication with our living God. Honestly, it’s quite humbling. Leading worship is sort of like setting the table as a kid. It’s exciting to get to prepare the table, and you also get to sit down and be a part of the big meal. It’s beautiful to get to do that as a worship leader.
From the moment participants walk into a Passion event, you can see them carrying such heavy, heavy loads (wounds, or sin, or the effects of sin on their lives). But as we spend two or three days leading them in worship, as they’re able to connect with the living God and have this time set aside for him, you can see the walls start to come down. You can see the softening of hearts and the expressions of brokenness. After just a few days of worshiping God together, you can visibly see a difference.1