In many ways, we are an ultra-connected society – yet research suggests that many people feel more isolated and lovely than ever before. In fact, the 2018 Australian Loneliness Report found that 1 in 2 Australians sometimes or always feel alone.
Within each of us is the desire to belong, therefore it is central to our wellbeing to feel connected to others in some way.
As Hillsong Church, it is our hope that every person who walks through our doors feels welcomed, included and accepted; able to find ‘home’ and a deep sense of connection, both with God and those around us.
About two years ago, I was not in a great space, isolated and struggling to find my feet. As a ‘last ditch effort’ to get my life back on track, I decided to attend a local Hillsong Church one Sunday morning. It was there that I immediately felt surrounded by love and embraced by a community of people who accepted me just as I was. Within a few months of coming to church and finding a place to belong, my life had dramatically turned around. I found renewed purpose for my life, joined the Creative team and am now actively involved in serving each week.
In 2018 I completed the Melbourne Leadership Program, gaining a Certificate IV in Ministry. Through finding ‘home’ at Hillsong Church, I know I am a different person now – confident in who I am and excited for all that the future holds.
A Place to Belong
At Hillsong Church, we are passionate about making sure each individual who finds their way into our church through Sunday services or midweek programs feels included, at home and a part of a loving community. Olivia is a great example of one individual in our church who was at a crossway in life and, through attending church and finding a place to belong, was able to turn her life around. Each person has a story, and there are countless people in our church with powerful testimonies that showcase the difference being in healthy community can make. We love seeing people find ‘home’ like Olivia did, and our reach continues to widen and extend to people all over the globe with this in mind.
State Leader (Victoria & Tasmania)