2018 Annual Report

Hillsong Church Australia

For 35 years now, we have remained dedicated to loving God, loving people and loving life. We are so thankful for the people who call Hillsong Church home, and their continual commitment to the vision of our church. It is through their involvement we can reach our communities with the hope and love found in Jesus. Each week in 2018, over 43,000 people attended Hillsong Church Australia at one of our 30 locations.

The theme for this year was “There is More”. This message encouraged our congregation to live with the expectancy that God has more for each of us, has great plans for our lives and has more for us to do in the lives of others.

As a church family, we responded to the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq, by partnering with Preemptive Love Coalition in their work with displaced families and refugees. We partnered with World Vision to provide life-saving assistance on the ground in Indonesia, following a series of devastating earthquakes. We were also able to contribute to relief efforts aimed at supporting drought-affected Australian farmers.

In 2018, we launched new global locations in Ottawa and Toronto, Canada, with our Australian church providing practical and financial support for these new locations. This year our Australian locations also continued to experience growth, as we watched newer locations commence regular services, included our Perth location, which now has 1,110 people attending weekly.

There have been exceptional highlights during the year. Easter is a time when many Australians consider their faith; over 76,942 people joined us for services centred on the sacrifice of Jesus for humanity. Hillsong presents the Christmas Spectacular each December and rolls out the red carpet for our local communities to attend. It was a joy to see over 100,000 people from across Australia celebrate the Christmas season at these performances.

Hillsong Conference is held each July; this year, 27,916 people gathered in Sydney to be inspired in their personal faith journey and equipped with Christian leadership principles. We would like to thank our Church Board for their continued commitment to the governance and oversight of our church, our staff for their tireless efforts and the thousands of volunteers who give of their time in countless and often unseen ways.

Joel and Julia A’Bell resigned from their roles as Australian Lead Pastors. They leave with our blessing and gratitude for their contribution during the 19 years they faithfully served on our team.

Bobbie and I are more excited than ever for the season ahead as we enter 2019 with an enlarged vision and love for this nation and the world. We refuse to settle and are constantly looking towards the future and all that is to come. Let us step out and move forward together into all that the Lord has for us.

Brian & Bobbie Houston