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Australian megachurch Hillsong has influenced Christian worship far and wide, with its songs like “Mighty to Save” and “Awesome God” routinely belted out in churches around the world. The Pentecostal church’s music ministry has proven so pivotal to modern Christian worship that its United brand is the subject of a new documentary and, along with Hillsong’s other mainstays (UNITED and Young & Free), has racked up this year 10 GMA Dove Award nominations.
But what is behind 31-year-old Hillsong Church’s singing success?
According to Autumn Hardman, whose role is Worship Oversight for Hillsong Church’s Australian campuses, the secret of Hillsong’s success is simple — keeping Jesus front and center.
The church recently displayed its commitment to lifting up the name of Jesus with a campaign in New York City that saw nearly two dozen digital screens play in a video loop for one hour the name and phrase, “Jesus” and “No Other Name.” The campaign, centered in the Times Square tourist hot spot, unfolded on the occasion of Hillsong Worship’s latest album “No Other Name,” also the theme of this year’s annual Hillsong Conference
Hardman, who just wrapped up Hillsong Church’s 2014 Europe conference leg and was preparing for its October stop in NYC, conducted a brief Q&A via email with The Christian Post about her ministry work and the heartbeat of Hillsong’s worship.
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