A new documentary will tell the story of Hillsong UNITED’s “astonishing rise to prominence as an international church whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide.” The film is called Hillsong—Let Hope Rise and releases September 16, 2016.
The director of the film, Michael John Warren, says he is “not a religious person,” yet the year he spent studying the members of Hillsong UNITED made him “a better person.” Perhaps the best endorsement for the group and their commitment to sharing the gospel lies in Warren’s statement, “Their mission—without exaggeration—is to make music to save souls. They are trying to get people to discover Jesus.”
Brian Houston is the lead pastor of Hillsong Church, which started as a youth moment in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. In the trailer for the movie, Houston says, “When I started the church, I wanted to have a church that wrote songs, that influenced the way people worship.”
One of the band members, Joel Houston, says “I believe God created music to connect people, the human heart, our soul, with heaven.”
The film releases September 16th. More information about the movie (including ticket information) is available here. You can watch the trailer below.