|Years active||1986 - present day|
The Hillsong Conference is a conference held each July in Sydney, Australia, London, England, and New York, United States and hosted by the Hillsong Church. It is the largest annual conference in Australia. The conference is hosted by Hillsong Church and Brian and Bobbie Houston with singing led by Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Singing Team Australia including Reuben Morgan and Hillsong United.
- 1 History
- 2 Conferences
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early years: 1986–1994
Sydney Olympic Park: 2001–2010, 2012–Present
Hillsong Conference Europe: 2007 - Present
In 2007, an offshoot of Hillsong Conference Sydney began in London at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre known as Hillsong Conference Europe. Since its inception in 2007 it has become an annual conference held in London attracting people from inside and outside Europe. HSE was moved to the Netherlands and Sweden for 2012 due to the Olympics in London. Past guests for Hillsong Conference Europe have included Joel and Victoria Osteen, Nicky Gumbel, Joseph Prince, Judah Smith, Jentezen Franklin, Joyce Meyer, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Craig Groeschel, Hillsong United, Christine Caine, Darlene Zschech and T.D Jakes.
25th anniversary celebrations: 2011
The Hillsong Conference was held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour, in the city of Sydney for one year only. One-day pre-conferences were held in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane in May with Brian, Bobbie Houston and special guest Casey Treat, with singing led by Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Team.
USA Conferences: 2013
In July 2012, Brian Houston announced they will be bringing the Hillsong Conference for the first time ever to the USA. Hillsong Conference will be hosted in two cities, New York City 4–5 October and Los Angeles 18–19 October 2013.
|Year||Dates||Delegates||Night Meetings||Special Guests||Notes|
|1986||?||150||?||?||The first Hillsong Conference.|
|1988||12–15 July 1988||350||?||?||?|
|1991||?||750||Hills Entertainment Centre||?||?|
|1992||6–10 July 1992||1,000||Hills Entertainment Centre||?||?|
|1993||?||1,000||Hills Entertainment Centre||?||?|
|1994||?||1,000+||Hills Entertainment Centre||?||?|
|1995||?||?||State Sports Centre||?||Celebrated 10th Anniversary.|
|1996||?||?||State Sports Centre||?||?|
|1997||?||5,000+||State Sports Centre||?||Opening of new Hillsong Church Building in Baulkham Hills|
|1998||6–19 July 1998||8,500||State Sports Centre||Alvin Slaughter, Ron Kenoly, Rick Godwin, Ray McCauley||Album recorded with Integrity Music: "Shout to the Lord 2000" led by Darlene Zschech & special musical guests Alvin Slaughter & Ron Kenoly.|
|1999||6-9 & 12–15 July 1999||10,000||State Sports Centre||Tommy Barnett, Charles Nieman, Abraham Laboriel, Ray McCauley||Conference is held over 2 weeks. First United recording: "Everyday"|
|2000||4-7 & 11–14 July 2000||10,000||State Sports Centre||Phil Driscoll, Cathy Lechter, Paul Scanlon||Conference is held over 2 weeks.|
|2001||2–6 July 2001||12,500||Sydney SuperDome||Jentezen Franklin, Delirious?||First year at Sydney Superdome.|
|2002||8–12 July 2002||16,000||Sydney SuperDome||Tommy Barnett, Casey Treat, Paul Scanlon, Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick||'Worldwide worship' night on the Thursday, featured several singing teams from around the world. Theme: Forward Together.|
|2003||7–11 July 2003||18,000||Sydney SuperDome||AR Bernard, Kong Hee, Delirious?, Frank Damazio, The Katinas, John Maxwell, Jentezen Franklin||Album recorded with Delirious?: "UP – Unified: Praise". Theme: Shout God's Fame.|
|2004||5–9 July 2004||21,600||Sydney SuperDome||Joyce Meyer, Frank Damazio, Paul Scanlon, Planetshakers||Theme: Passionate.|
|2005||4–8 July 2005||29,000||Sydney SuperDome||Joyce Meyer, Reinhard Bonnke, Jack Hayford, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith||10 night meetings held. Theme: Strength.|
|2006||3–7 July 2006||30,000||Acer Arena||Reinhard Bonnke, Jentezen Franklin, Delirious?, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Alvin Slaughter, Israel & New Breed, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Matthew Barnett, Frank Damazio, Rick Godwin, Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill||10 night meetings held. Celebrating 20 years of Hillsong Conference.|
|2007||2–6 July 2007||26,000||Acer Arena||TD Jakes, Joseph Prince, Jentezen Franklin, John Bevere, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Israel & New Breed, Ed Young Jr., Ron Luce, Brooke Fraser, Watoto Children's Choir||10 night meetings held.|
|2008||7–11 July 2008||24,000||Acer Arena||Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Judah Smith, Leeland, Michael Gungor, Marcos Witt, Israel Houghton, Alfred Kua||10 night meetings held.|
|2009||7–10 July 2009||22,000||Acer Arena||Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen, Jentezen Franklin, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Craig Groeschel, Israel Houghton||Major program changes include capping conference for the first time.|
|2010||5–9 July 2010||21,000||Acer Arena||Judah Smith, TD Jakes, Andy Stanley, Ed Young, Nancy Beach, Nathan and Christy Nockels, Tim Hughes & Israel Houghton||Theme: An Unshakable Kingdom|
|2011||5–8 July 2011||Sydney Entertainment Centre & Darling Harbour (Change of Location is a Special event only for 2011)||John Maxwell, Priscilla Shirer, Nicky Gumbel, Jentezen Franklin, Israel Houghton, Sidney Mohede, Jesus Culture & Hillsong Team||25th Anniversary Celebrations|
|2012||2–6 July 2012||23,000||Allphones Arena||Joyce Meyer, Louie Giglio, Steven Furtick, Joseph Prince, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman||The Church Is Alive|
|2013||1–5 July 2013||Allphones Arena||TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen, Judah Smith, Rick Warren, Craig Groeschel, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Leeland, Charles Nieman, Steven Furtick, Louie Giglio, Robert Madu & More||This Is Revival|
|2014||30 June – 4 July 2014||26 000+ (from 18 June 2014)||Allphones Arena||Brian Houston, Bobbie Houston Joel and Julia A'Bell, Carl Lentz, Christine Caine Gary and Cathy Clarke, Bethel Live, Robert Furgesson, Bill Hybels, Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, Robert Madu, Lecrae, Steven Furtick, Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United (No Other Name Album Release), Hillsong Young and Free ( We Are Young & Free ) Hillsong Music Australia||No Other Name / We Gather Under No Other Name / Jesus|
|2015||29 June – 3 July 2015||?||Allphones Arena||Brian Houston, Bobbie Houston Rick Warren, Joseph Prince, Mark Driscoll, Jentezen Franklin, Martin Smith, Matt Redman, Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Hillsong Young and Free ( We Are Young & Free ) Hillsong Music Australia||Speak, we're listening|
For the first time, ticked seating was implemented for the night programs, guaranteeing seats and reducing the frustrating queues experienced during the 2005 conference.
The conference is capped for the first time. This conference also featured major program changes that include a shorter conference (-1 day), only 1 night meeting and revised streams and electives. There is an appearance on the Thursday night by Joel and Victoria Osteen of Lakewood Church.
Changes were made since the 2009 conference to reflect previous conferences, most notably, the conference is once again 5 nights and 4 days and is not capped. The Night Rallies are also not ticketed.
Hillsong Conference has had a wide range people on the platform. Below are the contributors from years gone by:
A.R Bernard, Adrian Ross, Alvin Slaughter, Bayless Conley, Bill Hybels, T.D Jakes, Casey Treat, Cece Winans, Charlotte Scanlon Gambill, Chris Tomlin, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Craig Groeschel, Delirious?, Ed Young Jnr, Frank Damazio, Gary and Marilyn Skinner, Graham Kendrick, Israel Houghton, Jack Hayford, Jentezen Franklin, Joel and Victoria Osteen & the Lakewood Team, John Bevere, John Maxwell, Joseph Prince,Joyce Meyer, Judah Smith, Kevin Gerald, Kong Hee, Leeland, Louie Giglio, Marcos Witt, Matt Redman, Matthew Barnett, Michael Gungor, Michael W. Smith, Mike Pilavachi, Nancy Alcorn, Nancy Beach, Paul Baloche, Paul De Jong, Paul Scanlon, Phil Driscoll, Ray Bevan, Ray McCauley, Reinhard Bonnke, Rick Godwin, Rick Warren, Robert Barriger, Ron Kenoly, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tommy Barnett, Watoto Children's Choir, Wayne Alcorn.
- "Australia's largest annual conference draws 30,000" (Press release). Hillsong Church. 2005-07-01. Retrieved 2006-07-28.
- "Hillsong conference less than one week away" (Press release). Hillsong Church. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2006-07-28.
- Stephen Ollis (1992-04-13). "Hillsong '92". Newsgroup: aus.religion. Usenet: firstname.lastname@example.org. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- W T Harvey (1998-05-13). "Ron Kenoly". Newsgroup: rec.music.christian. Usenet: 3559BB73.email@example.com. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- Family World News - Article 08 Hillsong Conference '99
- Rowland C. Croucher (1998-12-18). "1999 Events in Australia". Newsgroup: aus.religion.christian. Usenet: 367AA2B8.B0FD48C7@mira.net. Retrieved 2008-12-11.