2015 Annual Report
Hillsong Church Australia
With growing uncertainty in our world, it is encouraging to know that ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Hebrews 13.8 (NIV). He remains compassionate, loving and intensely interested in the wellbeing of each one of us.
In 2015 our theme for the church was ‘Unusual Miracles’ where we stretched our faith and prayed, asking God to work miraculously in our lives and for those in our world. We heard story after story of God intervening, providing for people’s needs, restoring relationships and opening opportunities in workplaces and businesses. We launched Hillsong Buenos Aires where the miraculous continues to be seen. We were given an unprecedented opportunity to launch the ‘Hillsong Channel’, a 24-hour cable channel through the Trinity Broadcasting Network which is available in millions of homes across the USA, Europe and in Australia, providing Hillsong with the opportunity to present the gospel message in contemporary ways into homes across the globe. I was also pleased to become a signatory of the ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery’ which has received wide international support.
Our church services are focused on helping people find answers and purpose in Jesus Christ. In 2015, we were thankful that 26,841 people made decisions to follow Jesus at Hillsong Church. Starting on a journey towards peace, hope and security.
We are pleased that our regular weekly church attendance in Australia grew to 35,675 this year increasing from 34,083 in 2014.
Our programs for young people foster healthy relationships and positive self-esteem in a faith-filled environment with opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership abilities. There are now close to 2,400 young people engaged in our youth programs each week.
We are thankful for our Pastoral Care team who support over 1,000 people each week who are facing relationship or health challenges, trauma, crisis or many other troubling issues.
We continue to provide opportunities for people to find a place to belong and to establish strong relationships. Whether that’s through being a part of a bible study ‘connect group’ or volunteering, we encourage people to get involved. There are now 2,535 connect groups meeting regularly and 5,000 volunteer roles being filled every week, and we are incredibly thankful to them for the giving and sacrifice of their time.
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a growing problem in our nation. Through the generosity of our congregation and local businesses, Hillsong opened three transitional homes for families who have been affected by DFV. These were renovated and furnished in 2015 with the first people entering the programs in 2016.
I cannot say enough to thank our congregation for their generosity and commitment and donation of 103,601 food and toy items and the many great community organisations we work alongside in supporting those in need.
We welcomed Melinda Dwight to our Board in March 2016, she is proving to be a great addition with a wealth of not-for-profit experience. I would like to express my appreciation to Dwayne Neilson who faithfully served on the Board for many years and completed his tenure in early 2016. Dwayne’s wise and steady-handed approach gave many in Mt Gravatt reassurance at the time the congregation joined to become our Brisbane Campus.
There are great opportunities ahead for our church and to all our congregation and those we partnered with in 2015, thank you for making it an incredible and miraculous year.
The best is yet to come!