Faith on the increase as one million tune into Hillsong Easter service
28 April 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital role faith plays in the lives of Australians, and churches are on the front line of social, emotional, physical and spiritual support, according to Hillsong Church Senior Pastor Brian Houston.
Pastor Houston revealed that one million unique viewers tuned into Hillsong’s Australian online services over Easter, and while some would be watching from overseas, other Hillsong locations across the globe streamed their own services in their time zones and languages.
“But it’s more than numbers. Every Sunday our pastoral team is connecting with thousands of Australians online who need some sort of support, and they are reaching out for a life and purpose bigger and higher than themselves.”
He said churches across Australia were helping people on a personal and practical level.
Hillsong’s welfare arm CityCare has distributed thousands of food hampers and individual meals and provided counselling and psychology services through telehealth nationally.
It is also fast-tracking a finance course to be delivered to vulnerable families who have lost work, and developing other areas of support.
“There is a perception that the relevance and role of Christianity in today’s culture is decreasing but the opposite is true,” Pastor Houston said.
“While governments play their important role, it is more than often the church – across denominations – who is walking beside people at ground level, loving and supporting them in their time of need.”
In turn many are dealing with personal battles, isolation and economic loss, and are looking to a God who gives them value, peace, purpose and hope.”
Hillsong has also announced that this year’s annual conference in Sydney, scheduled for July, won’t be held.
“In light of the current global climate, as the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, it is with a devotion to wisdom and to the health and wellbeing of all that we have made the decision to postpone Hillsong Conference 2020 until 2021,” Pastor Houston said.