Given the wide influence that Hillsong churches now exercise, we were interested to read their vision statement way back in 1993, when they must have been much smaller. It’s lovely to to see how much of the original vision is now being fulfilled.

Hillsong Mission Statement 1993

The church that I see is the church of influence. A church so large in size that the city and nation cannot ignore it. The church growing so quickly the 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; 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 people so Kingdom minded that they will count whatever the cost and pay whatever the price of the revival 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 ministers are consumed with this goal.

I see a Church whose head is Jesus, whose help of the Holy Spirit and whose focus is the great commission.

Yes, the Church that I see could well be our church. (Hillsong, 1993)

Some of you might enjoy the Hillsong monthly devotional