If you’re familiar with the CCM scene, then you’ve definitely heard of Hillsong – a church that had its humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia and later went on to plant churches globally in places such as South Africa, Europe, and America. The Hillsong Church’s music ministry is well-known worldwide, with Hillsong UNITED being the most recognisable one out of all of them. UNITED started out as a part of their youth ministry but over the years, and with more than eleven albums under their belt, UNITED has gone on to influence millions from around the world with their songs. In fact, it is reported that more than 50 million people sing their songs on Sundays globally. So, how is it that a band which started as a small group has catapulted to such international influence?
The Hillsong movie, entitled Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, aims to answer this question by showcasing the journey of UNITED and how they’re influencing people not only on-stage, but off-stage as well. The movie was initially meant to be released in 2015 but after a few hiccups here and there, moviegoers will finally be able to watch the film in theatres on September 16.
I, for one, am excited to see this theatrical worship experience. I already had goosebumps upon seeing the movie trailer recently at the UNITED worship night in Oakland in April. As someone who grew up listening to Hillsong and being influenced by their movement, I’m looking forward to singing along and worshipping with others in what is sure to be a new theatrical experience for many. For more details about the movie and to find out if it’s showing in theatres near you, head over to movie’s official website.