Hillsong Conference is a mid-year week long annual conference in Sydney with smaller two or three day conferences held in London and New York later each year. It is the largest annual conference in Australia. The conference is hosted by Hillsong Church and Lead Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston.
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|Location(s)||Qudos Bank Arena|
Hillsong Conference grew from 150 people at the first conference in 1986 to now be attended by upwards of 30,000 people each year at Qudos Bank Arena. It brings in over $40 million to the New South Wales tourism sector annually.
Early years: 1986–1994Edit
The first Hillsong Conference was held in 1986 in Baulkham Hills with only 150 attendees. In the early 1990s, night rallies were held in the Hills Centre where Hillsong Church was holding meetings, with attendees growing to as large as 750 by 1992.
Move to Sydney Olympic Park: 2001 –PresentEdit
In 2011 Hillsong Conference was not held in Sydney Olympic Park but instead in the Sydney Entertainment Centre for logistical reasons relating to the availability of Sydney Olympic Park.
In 2018 the Hillsong Conference completely sold out Sydney Super Dome (Qudos Bank Arena). Future growth is expected to continue to overflow into the wider Sydney Olympic Park precinct where currently the Kidsong and Hillsong Young & Free Conference is held simultaneously.
Hillsong Conference SydneyEdit
Hillsong Conference was first held in the Qudos Bank Arena (formerly Sydney SuperDome and named Acer Arena and Allphones Arena at the time) and various venues throughout Sydney Olympic Park from 2001.
The sessions that make up Hillsong Conference are diverse and vary from a typical church service, to presentations from Government Ministers, through to Design and Production masterclasses.
- Opening Ceremony
- Morning/Night Meetings - Hillsong Church Service with special guest preachers
- Masterclasses - One hour presentations in more intimate settings with experts across a wide breadth of topics.
- Closing Ceremony
Hillsong Conference LondonEdit
In 2006, 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.
Hillsong Conference New YorkEdit
In July 2012, Brian Houston announced they will be bringing the Hillsong Conference for the first time ever to the United States. Hillsong Conference was held in New York in 2013 for the first time, and annually since.
Hillsong Conference New York is held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with a seating capacity of 17,000.
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