Planet Shakers

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Planetshakers is a youth movement that began as an annual conference and grew into a ministry and church in Melbourne, Australia.

Conferences

Planetshakers runs annual conferences in several Australian states.

The 2007 conference period saw Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as venues, and marking the 11th anniversary. Melbourne, being the primary venue, hosted the conference in Hisense Arena (formerly Vodafone arena), part of Olympic Park.

The conferences were held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth in January 2008. Melbourne at Hisense Arena from 2–5 January 2008; Brisbane 7–10 January 2008 at Brisbane Convention Centre; Sydney 9–12 January 2008 at Sydney Olympic Park in the Sports Centre (formerly State Sports Centre); and finally Perth on 15–18 January at Challenge Stadium.

The 2009 Planetshakers conference was moved to April, instead of January as in all past years. It was themed 'ONE' as the 4 conferences in the 4 venues were merged to become one major conference in the Hisense Arena from 13 to 16 April 2009.

Conference speakers have in the past included Glen Berteau, Jurgen Matthesius, Rich Wilkerson, Mal Fletcher, Pat Schazline, Jude Fouquier, Matthew Barnett, Judah Smith, Reinhard Bonnke, Reggie Dabbs, John Bevere, T. D. Jakes and Chris Hill.

Growing internationally, Planetshakers now also runs conferences in Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa, with a desire to expand to the United States of America. They ministered at Singapore's Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore Expo's max Pavilion in 2006.

Internationally in 2007, Planetshakers band played at events in Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Planetshakers also has relationships with Australian Youth Alive events, which often cross-promotes the conference and college to tens of thousands of young people.

Planetshakers held a conference in San Diego, California in January 2013.

City Church

Planetshakers City Church (formerly Melbourne City Church) is a Pentecostal Christian church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Assemblies of God in Australia. The church started when the Planetshakers band and ministry moved to Melbourne in 2004. The church is pastored by Russell and Sam Evans and has attendance over 6000, and throughout most of 2005 it ran three services per weekend, commonly approaching capacity. Currently, the church is held at the Dallas Brooks Centre. There is also a Geelong Campus and a North East campus (previously Yarra Plenty Church). The City campus also made use of the Arrow building for baptism services but due to the increased attendance the baptism services have been moved to Richmond AOG Church in Melbourne.

The youth ministry has become so successful that the Catholic and Anglican churches are looking at adopting Planetshakers' methods.[1]

The church also runs a children's ministry called 'PlanetKids', which is held concurrently with the main church service. Planetkids runs an annual children's conference at the same time as Planetshakers Conference. Planetshakers has also created a children's ministry resource aimed at reaching children and training leaders, branded 'Planetshakers Kids Curriculum'.

"planetUNI" is the church's university students ministry and comprises local and international students as well as recent graduates being active in the group. In addition to fortnightly meetings (Urban Life groups), a new outreach event will be held once a month on a Friday night aiming to attract university students.

"Urban Life" groups (basically cell groups) are run fortnightly in homes spread around all parts of Melbourne. They include different age areas, such as kids (held in the Church service each week), teenagers (PlanetBoom), university students (planetUNI), young adults and adults.

There are also various other ministries serving and reaching out to women (Beautiful Woman), men (Mighty Men) and business people (Kingdom Life).

Planetshakers runs a Bible College and Internship In Melbourne. Under the leadership of Pastors Russell and Sam Evans along with the college principle, Paul Bergin the college has seen increase every year taking students from all across Australia and internationally

Controversy

It was reported in 2006 that former bass player Michael Guglielmucci, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer.[2][3] During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters who believed his illness was real.[4] Guglielmucci also released the hit song Healer, an anthem of faith for believers who were suffering from cancer.[5] Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long term addiction to pornography.[6][7][8]

Music

Planet Shakers
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Worship music
Contemporary Christian
Christian Rock
Years active 2000 – present
Labels Integrity Music
Website http://www.planetshakers.com

The Planetshakers band is an Australian rock and worship band, a part of Planetshakers's ministry. Their music is a contemporary style of praise and worship tempered with mainstream rock and pop.

The Planetshakers band is the central part of their events. The 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian was also a part of the Planetshakers band for several years, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences.[9] Many of the musicians originated from Youth Alive South Australia, which also released CDs. Some of the songs written by current band members for the Youth Alive albums, such as 'Phenomena' and 'God of Miracles' (from Youth Alive Western Australia) have also featured on Planetshakers earlier albums.

In 2004, their CD Open Up The Gates was nominated for Praise and Worship Album of the Year for the Dove Awards.

Planetshakers announced at their 2008 conference that they would begin to release tracks via subscription to the "Planetshakers Revolution" - an online music/resource distribution system designed to consolidate and build upon different products that they had previously offered. "Revolution" was then discontinued on June 2010, with Planetshakers informing users they planned to move to other mediums to distribute their resources.

Discography

  • When the Planet Rocked (2000) Recorded live at conference.
  • So Amazing (2001) Recorded live at conference.
  • Phenomena (2001) Compilation. (International release - live recording)
  • Reflector (2002) Recorded live at conference.
  • Open Up The Gates (2002) Studio recording.
  • My King (2003) Recorded live at conference.
  • Rain Down (2003) Studio recording.
  • All That I Want (2004) Recorded live at conference.
  • Always and Forever (2004) Studio recording.
  • Evermore (2005) Recorded live at conference.
  • Decade: Lift Up Your Eyes (2005) Special 10th Anniversary Compilation.
  • Arise (2006) Studio Recording.
  • Pick It Up (2006) Recorded live at the 10th anniversary conference.
  • Praise Him (2006) Compilation of 25 greatest Praise anthems.
  • Worship Him (2006) Compilation of 25 greatest Worship anthems.
  • Never Stop (2007) Studio recording
  • Saviour of the World (2007) Recorded live at conference.
  • Free (2008) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
  • All for Love (2008) Recorded live at conference.
  • Beautiful Saviour (2008) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
  • Deeper (2009) Recorded live at Planetshakers City Church.
  • One (2009) Recorded live at conference.
  • Even Greater (2010) Recorded Live at Planetshakers City Church
  • Nothing Is Impossible (2011) Studio Album - DVD Recorded Live at Planetshakers Conference 2010
  • Heal Our Land (2012) Recorded Live at Planetshakers Conference 2011
  • Nothing Is Impossible : The Planetshakers Collection (2012) Compilation Planetshakers Hits [Limited Edition]
  • Limitless (2013) Recorded Live at Planetshakers Conference 2012
  • "The Victory"(2012)
  • "Get up"(2012)

See also

References

External links

Australian

  • Official website

News Articles

  • Heart Cry of a Generation as Young Christians Jump for Jesus - article in the Sydney Morning Herald
  • Mosh pit crowd jumping for Jesus - article in The Age
  • The Idol Edge - article in The Age
  • Praise pit to faith - Transcript from feature in the 7:30 Report (Current affairs program on the ABC channel)
  • Young believers pray and sway to a new beat - article in The Age
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