The Hillsong Movie – Final Trailer

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The final movie trailer for Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong movie is finished.  After an exclusive release we worked out with iTunes, we can now release it to the public.  Hopefully, this version of the trailer will give you a much deeper idea about the motivation and story that surrounds the film.  Please share it with your friends and help get the word out.  Here’s the trailer that is hitting movie theaters across the country this week:

The Hillsong Movie “Let Hope Rise” Will Be Released Nationwide May 29

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I’ve been privileged to be an Executive Producer on the feature film “Let Hope Rise,” that tells the story of the world’s most popular worship band – Hillsong United, based at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.  The picture is finally locked, and as Deadline Hollywood reports, Relativity Media will be releasing the movie to theaters nationwide starting May 29th.  We’re proud of

Why Worship Leaders Should End Rehearsal Before the Congregation Comes In

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Worship leaders are an incredibly important part of today’s church. But from time to time I take them to task, like in this post on What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders. Today I have a different issue. I’ve visited a number of churches this year that on Sunday mornings allow the worship team to continue rehearsals after the doors are open for the congregation.  As a television director, I understand the need to tweak rehearsals until you get it right. But here’s why – for most churches – it’s a mistake for the congregation to watch the rehearsal:

Is Convenience Ruining The Church?

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In my upcoming book, “Unique: Telling Your Story in The Age of Brands and Social Media,” I tell the story of a pastor who never preaches for more than 12-15 minutes because he feels that’s all he can demand of his audience. Today, many churches across the country are slaves to the clock, and wouldn’t think of pushing a service past the hour mark. Last week I was in Nevada shooting some television segments with Pastor Benny Perez from The Church at South Las Vegas. We started talking about the “convenience” culture that’s

What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders

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The truth is, the vast majority of church “worship leaders” aren’t worship leaders at all. They’re simply musicians playing what are called “worship songs” from popular artists who write that sort of thing. The music is fine, and I have no argument with that, but a real worship service should be a lot more than simply a concert. Watch for yourself:  If your church still has both a “traditional” service and a “contemporary” service, I encourage you to attend each and watch the audience. You may not care for traditional hymns, but guess what