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Hillsong Church is a globally diverse church which is committed to racial equity and justice for all. Our mission is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ which has immediate and eternal implications for human flourishing. Jesus is the hope of humanity—his Kingdom is the expression of his rule and reign in and amongst the nations. As a global Church centred on Jesus and his gospel, we are compelled to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.

We believe that racism is a sin and we do not endorse, support or accept any form of racism, both implicit and explicit – the very nature of racism is an affront to the Gospel, and we are committed to listen, reflect and act to play our part in being the change.

Therefore, we are announcing several commitments to build racial equity and reconciliation both internally and externally across our church. We will be working strategically and collaboratively to:

Provide strategic direction

We are committed to providing strategic direction to enable us as a global church to make progress in racial diversity and equity.

Build a racial equity lens into our church’s strategic planning, policy and governance process by establishing a Global Racial Diversity and Inclusion committee to formulate, present and deliver a Global Racial Equity Framework to be implemented across all of our locations Details of these committees can be found here.

Develop and implement a Racial Diversity and Equity strategy.

Develop a theological paper on Racial Inequality.

Provide education & awareness

We are committed to providing training and awareness for all staff and volunteers to increase our capacity and understanding across our global church.

Provide mandatory training focused on diversity and racial equity for all staff, key leaders and volunteers.

Engage external experts and consultants to help develop ongoing awareness, education and training and development which will be rolled out across various departments and campuses on an ongoing basis.

Use our platform to educate, highlight and promote racial equity.

Improve Representation

We are committed to being a church which looks like and serves its community.

Assess and improve the diversity of our leadership team across every department and level.

Identify qualitative and quantitative measures of success.

Attract students of diverse backgrounds and provide targeted scholarships to ensure Hillsong College is accessible to all.

Review all campus human resource policies and procedures with a focus on improving recruitment and retention of diverse staff.

Our commitment to advancing racial justice requires intentionality, action and accountability. We must lean into the conversations that deepen our understanding about racism, and implicit bias and how it impacts our Church and our community. Our Global Board and committee will routinely review these action items to assess our progress against our goals and to make the changes we believe will accelerate our success.

We recognise that our objectives require ongoing learning, reflection and action and there’s still more work to be done. Although we are focusing on race explicitly, we are not focusing on it exclusively and recognise the need to adapt as we encounter new perspectives and additional information. We will amend this statement as we gain new understandings. We need to work together to collaboratively address issues and concerns and invite you to reach out to us with feedback and ideas. Please e-mail us at [email protected]

“A lot of conversations are happening across our church… we are seeking to open our eyes wider, listen more intently, and understand more deeply… we are committed to seeing this world healed once and for all, in Jesus’ name.”

Pastor Bobbie Houston




Interview with Brian Houston and Pastor Willie Dumas




Interview with Pastor Bobbie Houston & Fadzi Whande




Panel discussion with Brian & Bobbie Houston, Pete & Laura Toggs & friends.

Black Lives Matter

An OPEN Letter to Hillsong Church

Hillsong Church is opposed to racism, and we believe black lives matter. The needless and tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the much deeper systemic issues towards African American people that his death has highlighted, must lead to radical and permanent change. Racism must stop, and my prayer is that this moment in history will be a moment of lasting equality, transformation and change. – Pastor Brian Houston

Global Racial Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion Committee

Harry Phinda

Harry Phinda

Harry Phinda has over 10 years’ experience in campaigning, policy and advocacy. With a background in International Relations, Harry has worked as a Policy Advisor to the UK government, Parliament and numerous International organisations.

Fadzi Whande

Fadzi Whande is an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and Social Justice Advocate. Her work primarily focuses on addressing systemic inequality for underrepresented groups with specialisation on race and gender equality.

Mahlatse Mashua

Mahlatse Mashua is the regional Director of RZIM Africa and a member of the organization’s global speaking team. He studied biochemistry at the University of KwaZulu Natal before serving as a pastor and elder at Every Nation Church Durban where he was also involved with training the congregation in evangelism and discipleship.

Femi Olu-Lafe

Femi Olu-Lafe, PhD is a senior consultant at YSC Consulting. In her role, she helps organizations design and execute custom Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) programs. She also provides assessment, coaching, and leadership strategy services to C-suite leaders and senior executives.

Darren Kitto

Darren Kitto

Darren Kitto is a key member of the Hillsong Global Team. He has worked closely with Pastor Brian Houston developing the Global Ministry and has been on the Hillsong Team for 25 years.

Emily Langloh

Emily Langloh did her Masters degree in Global Migration and Policy, specializing in Human Rights Advocacy, with a primary focus on international policies on inclusion, integration and equal rights at the university of Tel Avivi in Israel.

Terry Crist

Terry Crist is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Phoenix. As a fifth-generation pastor, he has a rich history of building churches and helping hurting people. He has a Th.M. and D.Min. and has completed two business certificate programs from Harvard Business School.

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke is the former lead pastor of Hillsong Church London. He has given his life to building the church and helping people. Gary is extremely driven by his passion for people to encounter Jesus, He loves raising up leaders, empowering the next generation, and has a deep drive to help the most marginalised and oppressed people in society towards security and wholeness.

Recent Activity

Compulsory Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training for all staff with Pastor Willie Dumas and Benny Eggmolesse. (Aug 2020)

Compulsory Racial Equity Training for all staff with Fadzi Whande. (Sep 2020)

Announcement of Global Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Reconciliation Week stories from our own community.
Read The Stories

Commencement of Hillsong Australia Reconciliation Committee.
View The Committee

Upcoming Activity

    • Establishment of Hillsong Australia Racial Equity Working Group
    • Further training and support for our staff, volunteers & wider church

 

Australian Reconciliation
Action Plan Committee members

Pastor William & Sandra Dumas

Pastor William & Sandra Dumas

Pastor’s William & Sandra Dumas are the Senior Ministers of Ganggalah Church, Ganggalah Training Centre, and Ganggalah Aboriginal Arts, based in the beautiful Tweed Heads region of Northern NSW – Bundajlung Country. They are also the National Leaders of the Australian Christian Churches, Indigenous Initiative Committee.

Both William & Sandra know God has a mandate on their lives to “raise” up the next generation of Indigenous leaders in our Nation, who are comfortable with their identity as Indigenous Christian leaders.

Dr Robyn Ober

Dr Robyn Ober

Robyn Ober is a Mamu/Djirribal woman from the rainforest region of North Queensland. She is employed as a research fellow with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and has recently completed her PhD studies focusing on ‘Aboriginal English as a Social and Cultural Identity Marker in an Indigenous Tertiary Educational Context’. Robyn has an extensive educational background, teaching in early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors in remote, rural and urban contexts. She has a strong interest in both-ways education, educational leadership and Indigenous Australian language in particular, Aboriginal English. Robyn has undertaken several research projects focusing on these topics and has published papers in educational and linguistic journals, both nationally and internationally.

Benny Eggmolesse

Benny Eggmolesse

Benny Eggmolesse has over 10 years’ experience heading up Indigenous Workforce Development for organisations such as HealthShare NSW and St Vincent’s Health Australia and achieving monument growth for both organisations seeing him nomination for SVHA Innovative and Excellence Awards 2017. Since then Benny has expanded into business development owning AAK-ITHER, Ice Cream Productions and Yawul.

Hillsong Australia Racial Equity Working Group

Fadzi Whande

Fadzi Whande is an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and Social Justice Advocate. Her work primarily focuses on addressing systemic inequality for underrepresented groups with specialisation on race and gender equality.

*More committee members to be announced soon.