Hillsong Conference

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Hillsong Conference
Genre Christian
Location(s) Sydney, Australia
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.[1] 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.

Hillsong's Brian Houston claims, "The vision and heartbeat has never changed. The conference exists to 'champion the cause of the local church' and make [God's] name known around the earth".[2]


Early years: 1986–1994[edit]

The first Hillsong Conference was held in 1986 in Baulkham Hills.[1] In the early 1990s, night rallies were held in the Hills Centre where Hillsong Church was holding meetings.

Growth: 1995–2000[edit]

From 1995, night rallies were held at the State Sports Centre in Sydney Olympic Park. Two identical conferences were held in 1999 and 2000 across two weeks.

Sydney Olympic Park: 2001–2010, 2012–Present[edit]

Hillsong Conference was first held in the Acer Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome) and various venues throughout Sydney Olympic Park from 2001.

Hillsong Conference Europe: 2007 - Present[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]


Year Dates Delegates Night Meetings Special Guests Notes
1986  ? 150  ?  ? The first Hillsong Conference.
1987  ? 200  ?  ?  ?
1988 12–15 July 1988 350  ?  ?  ?
1989  ? 400  ?  ?  ?
1990  ? 500  ?  ?  ?
1991  ? 750[4] Hills Entertainment Centre  ?  ?
1992 6–10 July 1992 1,000[4] 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[5] 8,500[6] 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[7] 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[8] 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[9] 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

Other developments[edit]

2006 Conference[edit]

For the first time, ticked seating was implemented for the night programs, guaranteeing seats and reducing the frustrating queues experienced during the 2005 conference.

2009 Conference[edit]

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.

2010 Conference[edit]

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.

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