by Andrew Flores, staff writer
The Outcry Tour made a stop in Chicagoland on April 17, 2016. Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship, Martin Smith and Brian Houston brought worship and teaching to over 12,000 people in attendance at the All-State Arena in Rosemont.
“OUTCRY is the lights and sounds of a movement in progress,” said Ryan Romeo, creative director of Outcry tour, which is a tour of worship bands who encourage the local church in America and believe that “the next big thing” has arrived: the local church.
“And there is no greater movement to give your life to than the powerful, worldwide movement that begins at the local churches in your city,” said Brian Houston, founder of Hillsong Church in Australia.
The Outcry movement is a response to the discouraged state of the local church in America. The Outcry team met with pastors and worship artists, and what they found was that the local church is in a state of discouragement and is tired. There is a loss of perspective on the true impact of the local body of Christ.
Over the years, Outcry changed from a conference or music festival to a tour. Thus began a movement to bring worship bands to cities across America to encourage the local church. In 2015, Outcry had over 120,000 people attend the tour and had thousands respond by giving their lives to Jesus.
Outcry truly believes that Jesus cares deeply for the church. “That is why Jesus calls it his bride, he calls it his body…Every local church plays a significant role in the global movement of Jesus” Brian Houston.
At the Rosemont event, many local pastors and youth groups were in attendance. At the beginning of the concert, all pastors in attendance were asked to congregate near the stage to pray for the night’s concert.
Houston said, “The next chapter of Church history is being written and we are at the center of it. And we are louder when we are together.”