Hillsong – A Local Church with a Worldwide Reach

Jimi Williams —  February 15, 2011

At first glance, if all you knew about Hillsong was from listening to their recordings or attending a concert, you might think that Hillsong is just a successful record label and publisher. It’s true they are hugely successful, launching worldwide church anthems such as Mighty To Save, Salvation Is Here and Forever Reign.

But at the heart, Hillsong is a local church and all their creative endeavors are a product of the ministry that happens at their home in Sydney, Australia. After spending the week “down under” with Hillsong, it’s obvious that everything they do flows out of the ministry. Every conversation about songs leads back to an experience or a particular ministry need at the church.

Many of their leaders grew up in the church and began leading in the youth ministry or attended the Hillsong college and there are over 1,500 volunteers in the worship ministry! Every week, Hillsong has over 30 services in the greater Sydney area in various locations. Every service has a worship team, along with sound, lighting and projection techs.

Hillsong is a creative church with many large events throughout the year. From the Hillsong conference that happens yearly in July to their Vision Sunday in February, there’s always another big event coming up on the calendar. This keeps key leaders busy with planning, writing songs for the church and constantly raising up new leaders – things you might find in any active church.

Hillsong has also managed to take the ministry DNA from here in Sydney and reproduce thriving local churches around the world in places like London, South Africa, Kiev, Stockholm and most recently New York City. Hillsong’s passion to reach the nations with the Gospel propels them forward. God has given Hillsong a unique position to influence people worldwide for Christ. After spending a few days with the church, it’s apparent that they have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

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Jimi is VP of Worship Resources for Capitol CMG Publishing, overseeing all Worship Together initiatives and resources. He also leads worship at his home church and at various events and conferences.