In February 1978, Brian and Bobbie Houston moved to Australia as newlyweds from New Zealand, joining the ministry team of Sydney Christian Life Centre which was pioneered in July 1977. In the early 1980s, after successfully pioneering two other churches in the Sydney region, they saw the need to provide people in Sydney's North West with a fresh and contemporary church. In August 1983, they founded Hills Christian Life Centre. It has grown from a congregation of 45 to what is said to be the largest church in Australian history.
Today Hillsong Church is headquartered in Sydney, with campuses in 15 countries on 6 continents.
Currently, Hillsong has a global audience quickly approaching 100,000 in weekly attendance.
Hillsong Church has three globally renown music ministries; Hillsong Worship, UNITED and Young and Free (Y&F). Hillsong Worship, started in 1998 has released 24 albums totaling over 275 songs. UNITED, established by Brian and Bobbie's son, Joel has received international recognition and praise for their innovative worship music. Young and Free (Y&F) is the newest of the three worship teams, focusing on youth worship ministry. They currently have two albums.
Since 1986, Hillsong in Australia has hosted its annual conferences where thousands of people gather to hear about church leadership, worship, and community engagement from Hillsong’s key team members and other renowned Christian leaders. Churches of all denominations from across the globe are able to experience what God is doing in and through the people at Hillsong Church through the annual Hillsong Conference, Colour Your World Women's Conference and Hillsong Men's Conference.
Located in Sydney, Hillsong International Leadership College offers leadership and ministry courses to help shape future leaders around the world. Since its creation in 1995, more than 10,000 students, representing more than 65 countries have graduated from the college.
Hillsong Church is also actively involved in ministry initiatives partnering with organizations like The A21 Campaign, Vision Rescue, Hillsong Africa Foundation, The Colour Sisterhood, Greenlight, iCareRevolution, The Platt Centre and CityCare Australia.
The vision of Hillsong Church is to reach and influence the world by building a large Christ-centered, Bible-based church, changing mindsets and empowering people to lead and impact in every sphere of life.