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Planetshakers is essentially a Christian youth outreach movement that grew into an annual conference and eventually evolved into a full-fledged outreach ministry and church in Melbourne, Australia. A key part of these conferences, which have been held every year since 2007 in various locales, including Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney, with additional conferences held in South Africa, Malaysia, and Singapore, is the Planetshakers band, which mixes praise & worship material with a rock approach. The band and Planetshakers Ministries released some 30 or so studio and live albums, beginning in 2000 with When the Planet Rocked, which was recorded live in concert at one of the conferences, as are many of the band's releases.
Planetshakers is an adults and youth movement that began as an annual conference and grew into a ministry and church in Melbourne, Australia. Planetshakers revolves around empowering a generation to win other generations.
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 & Exhibition 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. The 2014 Planetshakers conference will be called Planetshakers Awakening; it is planned to record a live album and broadcast night sessions on God TV.
Conference speakers have in the past included Glen Berteau, Jurgen Matthesius, Rich Wilkerson, T.D Jakes, Bill Johnson, Tim Hall, Jentezen Franklin, Judah Smith, Reinhard Bonnke, Reggie Dabbs, John Bevere, and Chris Hill.
Growing internationally, Planetshakers now also runs conferences in Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa. They have ministered at Singapore's Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore Expo's max Pavilion in 2006.
Planetshakers also has relationships with Australian Youth Alive events, they have played a very active role in putting together the youth alive events and making it what it is today. PS Ben Prescott was youth pastor of planetshakers from 2009-2013 and was national director of youth alive Australia from 2010-2013.
Planetshakers 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 over 10,000 members. Currently, Planetshakers has 4 campuses in Melbourne; City, North East, South East and Geelong, with an additional 2 international campuses; Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles, USA.
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 ministry and comprises local and international students as well as recent graduates. 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 bible study groups) are run fortnightly in homes spread across all parts of Melbourne. The groups cater for a variety of age groups, kids (held in the Church service each week), teenagers (PlanetBoom), university students (planetUNI), young adults and adults.
PlanetBoom is the Youth Ministry of Planetshakers Church and is catered for high school students. The weekly meetings are run by the youth pastor,Andy Harrison. They also run annual events like camps and beach parties. Their itinerary is on http://www.planetshakers.com/planetboom/. It has become so successful that the Catholic and Anglican churches are looking at adopting Planetshakers' methods.
There are also various other ministries serving and reaching out to women (Beautiful Woman), men (Mighty Men) there are annual conferences.
Planetshakers runs a Bible College and Internship program in Melbourne. The college has seen an increase in numbers every year with students from all around Australia and the world. As of 2015, Zoran Paunovich is the principal and also Senior Pastor of the Planetshakers Geelong campus.Lallo, Michael (8 April 2007). "Young believers pray and sway to a new beat". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
Fraud allegations against band member
It was reported in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer. During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters who believed his illness was real. Guglielmucci also released the single Healer, a song of encouragement for believers who were suffering from cancer. Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction.Smith, Sharon (29 August 2008). "Chart-topping pastor's cancer lie". 7News (Adelaide, Australia). p. 1. Wheatley, Kim (22 August 2008). "Go to police, church tells lying pastor; praise to the fraud". The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia). pp. 1–2. Wheatley, Kim (11 September 2008). "Porn pastor unlikely to face charges | The Advertiser". The Advertiser. Retrieved 21 February 2014. Russell, Mark (16 November 2008). "That's Sir Conman to you, copper: 2008's bizarre rap sheet". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). "Fake cancer preacher admits porn addiction". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. "Money back pledge from disgraced pastor". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 26 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
The Planetshakers band is an Australian rock and worship band, a part of Planetshakers' 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. 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 album Open Up The Gates was nominated for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award. In 2014, the Planetshakers Kids album Nothing Is Impossible was nominated for the "Children's Music Album of the Year" Dove Award, and the song Endless Praise for "Long Form Video of the Year".
Planetshakers announced at their 2008 conference that they would begin to release tracks via subscription to the "Planetshakers Revolution" - an online music and 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.