2016 Annual Report
Hillsong Church Australia
Hillsong Church is committed to playing its role; serving our local and global communities as we seek to provide answers and hope that only Christ-centred care and the message of Jesus can bring.
Close to 30,000 people made a decision to place their faith in Jesus Christ through the programs and services of Hillsong Church this year. Countless stories of lives being uplifted, relationships restored and personal transformation have followed.
Weekly church attendance grew by 5% to 37,384 people in 2016. We welcomed three new locations including Darwin being led by great young pastors, Emma and Jared Cooke.
We are incredibly thankful for the volunteers who serve in our church and communities each week. Over 5,000 roles are filled by members of our congregation on teams such as children’s ministry, worship, creative arts, pastoral care and our community care programs including street teams, emergency food provision and counselling.
In early 2016 Hillsong CityCare launched Homes of Peace, providing emergency housing and support programs for victims of Domestic and Family Violence. We appreciate Brian & Bobbie Houston the generous support of local businesses who assisted with the fit out of these homes that provide respite whilst families take steps to heal and get back on their feet.
Our children’s and youth programs are aimed at equipping young people with a sense of value and purpose. The 2016 Mission Australia Youth Survey of youth attending our programs highlighted three main areas of support; coping with stress, school and study problems and family conflict. Programs provide positive peer and leadership support, with the aim to strengthen a young person’s resilience as they learn to navigate these important issues.
Weekly attendance at our youth and children’s programs grew to 7,968 from 7,439 the previous year.
I’d like to thank Joel and Julia A’Bell, our Australian Lead Pastors, and the Board of Hillsong Church for their ongoing service. Their efforts ensure our church remains healthy and committed to good governance.
We continue to look forward to the opportunities before us to provide answers and hope through the gospel. As we serve in communities across Australia, from as far south in Hobart to as far north as Darwin, it is our prayer that we can see countless people’s lives lift as they encounter Jesus in a real and personal way.
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