Michael John Warren, 43, is known for his documentaries about Jay-Z and other music celebrities, but his latest project, called Let Hope Rise, documents the rise of the Hillsong United movement that is connected with the Hillsong church in Australia and now boasts congregations all over the world. The documentary follows HIllsong’s worship leaders as they play contemporary rock-style praise songs that have been praised by music reviewers for their quality.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Whatever you think about the worship music shared by Hillsong, this documentary picks up some important notes about ministry today.
- People Notice: Hillsong’s music has resonated with so many because it has been tested by experts who note that their songs are high quality.
- Problems with the Medium?Are there challenges, problems, or contradictions with the Hillsong approach to worship in stadium settings?
- Connecting with Music:There’s no doubt that people may connect with music rather than a sermon, and that could tell us important things about ways to move forward with outreach.
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