2019 ANNUAL REPORT
Hillsong Church Australia
We are truly grateful for the dedication, generosity, and commitment of the people who call Hillsong Church their home. Thirty-six years on, we remain firmly focused on loving God, loving life, and loving people. We are still passionate about Jesus and making His name known; passionate about loving others and seeing them walk into all God has purposed for their life.
Although this Annual Report relates to the 2019 year, as I write this, we are facing unprecedented times as a nation. Never has it been more important as a church that we support the physical and pastoral needs of our community, particularly as we have stepped into this new decade with the impact of bushfires and floods, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we moved to online church in March this year, over 250,000 calls have been made to care for people suffering from the effects of isolation, supporting those who have lost their jobs or whose businesses have been affected, as well as partnering with organisations to provide food to those who are most vulnerable at this time. As a church we place value and dignity on the individual, and in this season of heightened cultural issues, it is also important we embrace diversity, and understand that Jesus died for every person, regardless of their race or creed. Whilst we are sensitive to those who are struggling, we also rejoice with people who have prayed and seen God open opportunities that counter the season we are in.
During our Vision Weekend in February 2019, we declared it to be A YEAR OF REVIVAL; an awakening in people’s lives, an awakening to God’s presence and purpose – for a REVIVAL in our hearts, in relationships, to see the prodigals return home, and for a REVIVAL in our finances. My prayer was that our church would experience a year of breakthrough and blessing as we live a life of extravagant generosity toward God and toward people. As we continually hear story after story of the Lord bringing restoration and blessing to people’s situations, God’s faithfulness is evident as He responds to our faith and prayers.
This past year we launched weekly services in Geelong, Launceston, Ku-ring-gai, Sunshine Coast South, and Denpasar in Bali, as well as in Milan, Italy; Dallas, Texas; and Monterrey, Mexico. In February of 2019 we launched our Online Campus – an exciting opportunity to reach people who cannot get to church due to location or health restrictions. This became the basis of the streamed church services being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Easter services included 80,501 attendees, an increase of over 3,500 people from 2018.
We want to extend our gratitude to the Board of Directors for all they do and for the Godly wisdom with which they govern our church. Thank you to our four state oversights who have led, pastored, and overseen the building of Hillsong Church locations within their state. Thank you to every single staff member – you continually excel in your sacrifice and effort to make church incredible for others. Thank you to every volunteer for your unseen, faithful service – we are always complimented on the army of volunteers we are so blessed to serve alongside.
Bobbie and I are full of vision as we enter this new decade with so much to do, as we continue to learn and increase our capacity to reach our community with the love of Jesus. As a church, so many possibilities lie ahead with God-inspired vision and the guidance of His Spirit. God is ever faithful.