Hill$ong Bulldung

The Vision

Mission Statement

To reach and influence the world by building a large Christ-centred, Bible-based church, changing mindsets
and empowering people to lead and impact in every sphere of life.

This mission is outworked through four major campuses (Hills, City, South West and Brisbane), a city-wide network of connect groups,
contributing ministries and extension services.

The Church I See

The Church that I see is a Church of influence. A Church so large in size that the city and nation cannot ignore it. A Church growing so quickly that buildings struggle to contain the increase.

I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches Heaven and changes earth; worship which influences the praises of people throughout the earth, exalting Christ with powerful songs of faith and hope.

I see a Church whose altars are constantly filled with repentant sinners responding to Christ’s call to salvation.

Yes, the Church that I see is so dependent on the Holy Spirit that nothing will stop it nor stand against it; a Church whose people are unified, praying and full of God’s Spirit.

The Church that I see has a message so clear that lives are changed forever and potential is fulfilled through the power of His Word; a message beamed to the peoples of the earth through their television screens.

I see a Church so compassionate that people are drawn from impossible situations into a loving and friendly circle of hope, where answers are found and acceptance is given.

I see a people so Kingdom-minded that they will count whatever the cost and pay whatever the price to see revival sweep this land.

The Church that I see is a Church so committed to raising, training and empowering a leadership generation to reap the end-time harvest that all its ministries are consumed with this goal.

I see a Church whose head is Jesus, whose help is the Holy Spirit and whose focus is the Great Commission.

YES, THE CHURCH THAT I SEE COULD WELL BE OUR CHURCH – HILLSONG CHURCH.

From: http://myhillsong.com/vision

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Gag now. Maybe they’re mindsets will change if they read their bible’s:

(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5


31 thoughts on “Hill$ong Bulldung

  1. the very idea of a great end-time harvest is virtually heresy.

    Jesus told us that at the end-times, christians will be hated by all Nations because of their belief in Him.

    It will not look like we are winning. It will look very much like we are losing.

    Well. Lets not let the words of Jesus get in the way of a good mission statement, shall we?

  2. Agreed. Yet we must also be aware of our hearts and being their judge in our hearts. Ward people off false teachings, but always in a spirit of love in your hearts or we will be right in line with them on judgment day.

  3. The church I see is already in the community. It is in the workplaces, the nursing homes, the schools, the hospitals, the local shopping centre and the streets. It needs neither roof nor walls. Men may neither build it, nor tear it down. It is the result of Holy Spirit transformed hearts.

    It recognises no fences, and neither does it require any altar for repentance other than right where we stand. It values relationships over televisions. It does not try to protect itself; it builds trust. It does not hide, neither does it seek glory. It is widely dispersed, yet strongly connected. Its members recognise each other – mostly. And though it’s numbers cannot be counted, it is growing.

    Just my opinion, of course.

  4. I once downloaded and listened to a H$ podcast all about building the church and inspired by a passage from the Bible… unfortunately, Houston completely misinterpreted the word “church” to be about a physical building and setting up buildings.
    So a lot of it was about the glorious and radiant church being about shiny happy people in a shiny building.

  5. What a joyful lot you are!

    Hillsong has, in fact, taken great strides to achieve these goals. Most of the commentary here is void of any kind of understanding of their motives or modus operandum.

  6. By the way, scripturally, the end times began on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room and are still in motion.

    God has not told us to stop harvesting. The harvest is still white and as ripe as ever.

    Some of you should-be harvesters need to get off your buts and get to work instead of griping from the hedges about those who are already at it.

    Remember this, according to Jesus, if you’re not gathering, you’re scattering.

  7. I’d be interested to know what proportion of Hillsongers are ex-members of other churches. I’d say pretty high given Hillsong’s modus operandi is to take over other churches – just like companies do. In the board room.

  8. Hi there Geoff Bullock, what do you think of Hillsong

    I am deeply troubled by the state of Christianity.
    My experiences as a blogger and as one who posts regularly on my Facebook page has led me to believe that the love of God, his grace, mercy and forgiveness is rarely outworked through words and deeds. Instead the tone of the comments I receive are often racist, graceless, judgemental and extreme. I grieve at the lack of awareness of the plight of the marginalised, I grieve for a community that religiously and piously celebrates church attendance, worshipping, giving and maintaining a Christian “culture” whilst condemning anyone who disagrees, or who belong to a different faith, or who happens to be our much maligned P.M, or, God forbid, those struggle with addictions, race, or, for some irrational reason celebrate a different sexual preference. I see a generation of Christians who see grace as something to be received to top up self righteousness without ever extending it to anyone else. The abuse of scriptural texts taken out of context whilst ignoring the ones that deal with love, compassion and humility shows a tragic misunderstanding of the life and message of Jesus and reveals a Christianity without it’s Christ.
    Has modern song happy, prosperity driven, self motivated, shallow and self centred Christianity in essence become “Ianity”. After 34 years of church life I really do not like what I see and hear.

    http://geoffbullock.blogspot.com.au/

  9. If you were any more negative, Bones, you’d stop existing.

    One day you’ll say something anti-positive and pffffft you’ll just vanish in a vapour!

    You must wake up every morning and wonder, “I wonder what detrimental comment I can make on an intrinsically antipathetic blog about something I have gloomy thoughts about today!”

    It’s like you walk around on a beautiful day with a little dark rainy cloud of disillusionment, sadness and sorrow about just about everything hovering over your head whilst everyone else, except Greg and wazza, who seem to huddle under your cloud, basks in the joys, illumination and light of the glowing sunshine of God’s greatness.

    I think Geoff, God bless him, has one of those clouds too.

  10. Steve, I think Geoff makes some excellent points. This is a guy who was instrumental in the early success of Hillsong Music. I went to some of his worship seminars and always found them to be pretty balanced.

    I’d have thought he would be well placed to talk on Hillsong.

    I mean lots of people like the Catholics but many don’t have anything positive to say about them. Maybe they’re just too negative.

  11. My ex-housemate, who considers Hillsong his home church, said that Brian Houston is more of a business man making sure his business doesn’t go under than a preacher.

    If I had to say something positive about Hillsong, it’d be that they are a financially successful organisation. Similarly, Scientology is financially successful.

  12. I think Geoff was speaking generically about successful churches rather than specifically about Hillsong. He has his own reasons for saying what he does about the church.

    I have worked with Geoff and I like him. He is a good man, and genuine in his opinion, but he has shifted a long way from the Pentecostal scene he once embraced, although, it seems he had doubts even when he was a key leader, mainly about his own motives.

    I’m not knocking him or his opinion, or your reference to his scepticism, but I think there is a tendency here to stereotype large churches into a commercial model and take cheap shots simply because they are successful and influential.

    So is Jesus!

    As is the Body of Christ.

    Making comparisons with Scientology is really rather childish.

  13. No. Scientology is a group that seriously believes it is benefiting the community.

    What makes one group superior to another when they both claim their religion heals people when both have had major scandals over the abuse of people under its care?

  14. “My ex-housemate, who considers Hillsong his home church, said that Brian Houston is more of a business man making sure his business doesn’t go under than a preacher.”

    Well your ex-housemate still goes there, so he can’t think it’s that bad…

  15. 59,
    He picked up… and married.</i.

    Yes well your language gives you away.

    You mean he met a lovely Christian girl and fell head over heals, proposed and she accepted. Now they have the security and circle of friends in the same situation with similar interests, and, eventually, will have their own home, children and be part of a thriving Christian community.

    You, on the other hand, remain in the land of the cynical and, presumably, unable to 'pick up' anything but sceptics virus.

  16. Steve, are you going to next say that I am possessed by the cynical spirit and that it needs to be cast out?
    Anyway, what makes Hillsong better than Scientology?

    He wants to move back home to Brisbane but she wants to stay in Sydney. We’ll see how it goes..

  17. PS What’s with the personal attacks, Steve? Can’t you actually address the issues and questions raised?

  18. You mean he met a lovely Christian girl and fell head over heals, proposed and she accepted. Now they have the security and circle of friends in the same situation with similar interests, and, eventually, will have their own home, children and be part of a thriving Christian community.

    I have rellies who are Catholic who agree with you.

  19. 59,
    So tell me you’re neither cynical or sceptical about your friend being at Hillsong married to a nice girl from Hillsong he met, fell in love with and is settling down with in a Christian environment?

    what makes Hillsong better than Scientology?

    And you claim not to have a cynical or sceptical attitude?

    Scientology is undoubtedly a cult. It thinks we are descended from aliens from outer space. It probably considers you to be a cylon since you have such a perverted opinion of a Christian couple meeting and falling in love!

    Hillsong, whether you like it or not, promotes Jesus Christ, worships God Almighty, has touched thousands of lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and has helped build a large community of believers i several centres as well as impacting millions with worship music which glorifies God Almighty.

    But y knew that. You just can’t bring yourself to admit it.

    And, just so you know, there are many ways of bringing what you call personal attacks, and I’ve seen most of them on this blog over time.

    If you don’t recognise your own personal variety and how much it asks for a response in kind then you need help.

  20. I never said she was nice!

    But yet, people still question that it’s the same Jesus they worship? Why is there such a love of money and emphasis on it?

    So would Scientology be better if they got Kate Cebrano to put out some decent music?

    PS I am a “skinjob”.

  21. I thought I detected subhuman tendencies.

    People can question all they want, of course, but questioning isn’t conclusive evidence of anything but doubts.

    I question whether you know very much about Hillsong members if you think everything revolves around money and things.

    It occurs to me that the people more dedicated to money talk are those who oppose bigness and multitudinous growth in churches, who break into a cold sweat at the sound of the word ‘offering’.

    The rather large number of people I know from different towns and cities, walks of life, and backgrounds who attend Hillsong or Hillsong influenced churches appear to me to be consistently a group of sound-minded people, sober, in stable jobs, largely healthy relationships, exhibiting contentment rather than greed, settled in their church community, well able to face the challenges of life, and appreciative of the Presence of God in their lives.

    The important thing is that they very easily and comfortably witness to others and have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    There are three Hillsong members in my workplace from completely different nations and backgrounds, who are very relaxed, relational people and openly willing to witness about Jesus Christ whenever the opportunity arrises.

    Most of the talk of excess, it seems, comes from wannabe critics.

    Reality contradicts the accusations.

  22. The Church of Latter Day Saints talks about Jesus of Nazereth. Are they as correct as Hillsong? They also have a top notch choir!

    When I used to visit Hillsong five years ago, they were still obsessed with money. One night in particular was horribly tacky like a con artist scam. They were on a big drive and brought out a member who told how she gave beyond her means and “God” answered her prayers with a new job and car. They implied everyone she give and give.

    That is the reality I saw.

    If I had to say one positive thing aboutH$, it’s that they are reducing the ratio of crackpot to theologically decent speakers at conference each year. They still have their Joyce Meyers and Osteen but they also have Nicky Gumbel.

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