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Hillsong vs Hillsong United

Hillsong is a Pentecostal church that is affiliated with the Australian Christian Churches or the Australian Assemblies of God. It was started by Bob and Bobbie Houston in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia in the year 1983.

The couple moved from New Zealand to Australia and joined a church pastored by Brian’s father, the Christian Life Centre. They later formed the Hills Christian Life Centre with a membership of only 45 people, and within 4 years it grew to several hundred.

The church was initially housed in a warehouse and later transferred to the Hills Centre. It has four main campuses located across Sydney and has several extension services in Australia and in other parts of the world. Its popularity grew from the popularity of Hillsong Music. Their songs and albums topped Australian charts and are well known all over the world.

Its name was changed to Hillsong Church in 1999, and the church merged with the Sydney Christian Life Centre. It is well known for its album sales, teachings, television program, and the Annual Hillsong Conference.

Hillsong United, on the other hand, is the youth ministry of Hillsong Church which is now called Hillsong Youth. It is comprised of four age groups namely:

Fuel for the 7th to 9th grade group.
Wildlife for the 10th to 12th grade group.
Powerhouse for the 18-25 age group.
Frontline for the 25 to 35 age group.

The youth group was formed when Hillsong Church was started in 1983 starting with the Wildlife and Powerhouse groups. The two groups get together on United Nights which formed the basis of the youth groups’ name, Hillsong United. In time, four groups were formed.

The Hillsong United youth ministry worship team started writing songs and released the album “Everyday” in 1999. Every year the group releases an album and travels around the world for tours and conferences.

Like all members of the Hillsong Church, Hillsong United members hold the belief in the Bible as accurate and authoritative regarding the Christian faith and that believers should be baptized in the Holy Spirit which enables them to speak in tongues among other spiritual gifts. They are also opposed to homosexuality and abortion.

The Hillsong Church is governed by a board of elders composed of seven members who are senior executive staff and business leaders. They are appointed and their positions are renewable after a year.


1.Hillsong is the name of a church which was started in Sydney in 1983 while Hillsong United is the youth group of the 2.Hillsong Church.
3.Hillsong Church is a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God of which Hillsong United is also a member.
4.All members of the Hillsong Church are active in worship through songs, and Hillsong United started writing music and album released of their songs.
5.Hillsong Church is composed of members from all age groups while Hillsong United is composed of members ranging in age from teens to the early thirties.

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  1. A lot of churches/organizations have a list of things they believe in – where can one find a list of things the Hillsong Church believes in/practices/is governed by – other than the Bible?

  2. You are blessed and also you are a Channel of blessings to many.
    Keep it up

  3. Hi! I’m happy to come across such a unique Christian musical band like Hillsong United. I’ve been and still being touch by those beautiful worship songs from from you guys. Let the AlmightyAlmighty God bless you all. I’m a vocalist and song writer for West Africa Liberia to be specific… I will really love to to be part of Hillsong united, please how can I contact you?..

  4. Wow, I really love Hillsong music. God bless you for your music broadcast of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m also music talented in Christ,from Ghana, and I will be more than glad to join your team one day.

  5. Love this church and everything about it, especially theirs exquisite songs and song group

  6. I just discovered Hillsong en français and I am thrilled that so many songs I know in English I can now learn in French !

  7. I am so greatful to be among the living to hear about many hillsong worship i pray that oneday i will have the grace to be among you guys amen .

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