Hillsong has it’s fair share of critics. Concerns about size, transfer growth, image and prosperity teaching seem to dominate.
This article in Christianity Today has a balanced outsider’s view of the Hillsong factor, outlining some of the history and tackling some of the issues. However, I tend to agree with Matt Stone’s concern about the statement, "The church is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church." I think it’s meant to affirm that the church is God’s vehicle for blessing the world, but it does rather come across as suggesting the world isn’t important. As Matt notes, "God so loved the world that he sent his Son…".
Hillsong is not quite my kind of church, but I’m always glad to be a visitor to a local Hillsong inspired congregation here. Find me a church where some of us don’t have a bit of an issue with the way things are done and some theological reflection about the way things should be. Hillsong is just one of the ways God seems to be renewing his church and making it accessible to those who are of this culture, and several generations away from so much of what passes for church.