What is Hillsong College?
Hillsong College is a part of the heartbeat and vision of Hillsong Church. Under the direction of Senior Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, the college is committed to raising, training and equipping a leadership generation for global influence, in accordance with the mandate of Hillsong Church.
Under the banner of Hillsong Church, we believe in offering every student the unique opportunity to be a part of a full discipleship and ministry training program. We believe our program will empower you to have your life transformed as you engage in the full breadth of our training experience. This transformation and training takes place in a number of ways:
To help you maximise this exciting leadership journey, our College and Church team are committed to ensuring that you are developing in every area of your life.
Our goal is that you would not simply graduate with a training qualification, but that your life would be transformed by our investment into you and your own personal investment in the discipleship process.
Contact Hillsong College
1-5 Solent Circuit
Baulkham Hills, NSW, 2153, Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 1195 Castle Hill , NSW , 765 Australia
Hills Contact Details
Phone(02) 8853 5200
188 Young Street Waterloo, NSW, Australia
Unit2, 138-196 Bourke St Alexandria
NSW, 1435 Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 797 Strawberry Hills NSW 2010 Australia
City Contact Details:
Phone: (02) 9775 3614
655 University Drive Mesa, AZ, 85203 USA
Phoenix Contact Details
Hillsong Church Vision Statement & College Mission Statement
The Church I Now See
The church that I see is a global church. I see a global family: One house with many rooms, outworking a unified vision. I see a church apostolic in calling, and visionary in nature; committed to boldly impacting millions for Christ in significant cities and nations throughout the earth with the greatest of all causes – the Cause of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I see a church that champions the cause of local churches everywhere; encouraging them to be all that God has called them to be. A Church that refuses to be content with the triumphs of the past, but is constantly looking towards the future – filled with a vision that inspires and influences many.
Positioned in the heart of culture, in great diverse urban centres, I see buildings that struggle to contain the increase of all that God is doing; occupying land and places that are miraculous in provision and impossible to ignore.
I see a church that is big enough to dream on a global scale, yet personal enough for every ONE to find their place. I see a church that beckons ‘WELCOME HOME’ to every man, woman and child that walks through the doors.
The church that I see is a worshipping church whose songs reflect such a passion for Christ that others sense His magnificence and power. A distinct sound that emanates from a healthy church, contagious in spirit – creating music that resounds from villages and tribes to great cities and nations.
I see a church that is constantly innovative: A church that leads the communication of a timeless message through media, film, and technology. A church with a message beamed to people around the globe through their television screens, bringing JESUS into homes, palaces and prisons alike.
I see a church with a world-class college that raises, equips, and empowers generations of young, anointed leaders from across the globe. Graduates who serve God in all walks of life, released to salt the earth with dynamic ministries and churches throughout the continents of the world.
I see a church graced with layers of ‘once-in-a-generation’ type leaders – who are naturally gifted, spiritually potent and genuinely humble. Leaders who will pay the price and count the cost of impacting cities and nations with great, God-glorifying churches.
I see a church whose leadership is unified in their commitment to the authenticity, credibility and quality of its heart. Leaders who dare to be themselves, yet live secure in the knowledge that “what they are part of is bigger than the part they play.”
I see a church committed to an innovative NETWORK that connects hundreds of thousands of pastors and leaders and equips them to flourish. A network committed to the apostolic anointing of leaders who are desperate to see the Church of Jesus Christ rise up to live the un-lived life within her… His glorious Church.
I see like-spirited churches in cities of influence that exemplify faithfulness manifested in bricks and mortar. Churches with supernatural provision of buildings and properties standing as beacons of light that bring glory to God and hope to humanity.
I see a church that loves God, loves people and loves life. Youthful in spirit; generous at heart; faith-filled in confession; loving in nature and inclusive in expression.
Hillsong International Leadership College: Mission Statement
The Mission Statement of Hillsong College is based on the Mission Statement of Hillsong Church:
To provide Bible-based ministry training, within the culture of the Hillsong Church ethos and practice, that equips leaders with competence to challenge pervading world views and to impact in every sphere of life with the Christian message.
History of Hillsong College
Hillsong College arose as an integral part of the overall national and international ministries of two churches: Hills Christian Life Centre and Sydney Christian Life Centre. The church is now known collectively (since 2001) as Hillsong Church, with numerous campuses throughout Australia and around the globe. The church currently has an attendance in excess of 100,000 people each weekend.
Historically, Hillsong College Ltd emerged from two separate entities founded by the two churches that are now Hillsong Church, however, both Colleges were integrally connected from the beginning and developed along the lines of a similar ethos. The shared goal was to provide a training centre that specialised in ministry and leadership development and was grounded in the local church setting. Theological education and training were based on a ministry model with a creative arts emphasis and strongly undergirded by values of excellence, dedication and servanthood.
College courses were specifically developed to meet the practical needs of leadership in the Assemblies of God denomination, while at the same time providing graduates with a recognisable level of qualifications comparable to theological colleges of other Protestant denominations.
The two separate college campuses in Sydney specifically (Hills and City) each have their own unique history:
What is now known as the City Campus of Hillsong College, began in 1983 as the International Institute for Creative Ministries (IICM) under the vision and leadership of Sydney Christian Life Centre. The curriculum centred largely around the creative arts with the goal to train students to express their faith in the areas of music, dance, drama and visual arts in both church and secular contexts. Ministry, theology and missions were also incorporated into the courses. The awards, Advanced Ministry Certificate, Diploma in Creative Ministries, Diploma in Ministry, and Diploma in Missiology were available to students. International students comprised a high proportion of the student body and courses were endorsed by the Department of Immigration and recognised by the Asia-Pacific Theological Association (APTA) and the Assemblies of God (AOG) denomination.
In 1990, Robert Fergusson became Principal, taking the reins from David Johnson, and led the College to focus more on practical ministry training in the local church setting.
College classes were moved back to the church venue and in 1993, the name was changed to Aquila College of Ministries to reflect this shift. At this stage, the student body numbered approximately 50-70 students.
During the decade of the 1990s, students could study 1-year (Advanced Certificate of Ministry) or 2-year courses (Associate Diploma in Ministry or Creative Ministries).
In 2000 the College amalgamated with Hills Leadership College and Duncan Corby was appointed Principal of the City campus. Today, the City campus of the College has a student body of approximately 500 students and has its own distinct flavour with ministries and training centring on the suburbs of the inner city.
What is now known as the Hills Campus of Hillsong College began as the training arm of Hills Christian Life Centre in 1988 as an extension of IICM. It began under the leadership of Ian Fuller with approximately 75 students. It was known as Power Ministry School, soon after to become Power Ministry College in 1992 under the direction of Steve Kelly. In 1993 the Hillsong School was established to provide training for Christian musicians, as well as a School of Music established to nurture younger musicians.
PMC pursued its own curriculum and gained official accreditation initially with the Department of Foreign Affairs, then later with VETAB, gaining recognition for the Certificate IV in Ministry in 1996 and the Diploma of Ministry in 1999.
Mark Hopkins became Director in 1996 and the name changed to Hills Leadership College, incorporating the Hillsong School and the School of Music. In 1998, Marilyn Brett joined the faculty as Principal of the Hillsong School, replacing Cathy Coluccio as well as Max Zalakos, who was Principal of the Leadership College from 1991 to 1997.
In 1999 Hills Christian Life Centre became Hillsong Church and soon after joined with Sydney Christian Life Centre, to become one church in two locations. During 1999 preparation began to bring the two colleges together and at the beginning of 2000, Aquila College of Ministries and Hills Leadership College officially became one. The new College became Hillsong International Leadership College with two campuses: City and Hills.
As Hillsong International Leadership College, the student population has grown rapidly to approximately 1,700 full-time students across the two campuses with a majority of students originating from overseas countries. The College was approved as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in December 2002 and current courses are all accredited bythe Australian Government and include the Certificate IV in Ministry, the Diploma of Ministry and the Advanced Diploma of Ministry. The Advanced Diploma is unique in its combination of class work with a part-time Practicum placement for students alongside Hillsong Church staff in a variety of church and ministry departments. Currently, the College offers Higher Education courses in order to further broaden its capacity to train leaders and provide excellence in all facets of training including academic fields in both Master and Bachelor programs in Ministry and Theology.
In 2013 the Leadership program extended to our Queensland Church campuses and in 2018 to our Melbourne Church Campuses to include local students who are attending these locations.
Lee Burns was appointed the Executive Vice President in 2014 and Angela Bachtle became the Principal across both Hills & City campus’ in 2017. Up until this time the college was still operating under Hillsong Church and trading as Hillsong International Leadership College. In 2017 the college was established as its own entity Hillsong College Ltd as changed it ownership registration with Australian Quality Skills Authority (ASQA). Most recently college opened a new campus in Phoenix Arizona in July 2019 launching its first offshore training facility with Blake Robinson as the Campus Principal.
Throughout its history, the College has remained committed to building, empowering and releasing leaders for ministry. Today the College is in a stronger position than ever with a core of committed and qualified staff, plus an international network of guests and ministries. Hillsong College ever reflects the heart and life of Hillsong Church whose mission is to build and empower leaders to impact every sphere of life.