Van Andel Arena to see ‘Outcry’

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

outcry235The highest-profile worship event of the year in West Michigan is The Outcry Tour, a collection of top worship leader/artists coming to Van Andel Arena at 6 p.m. Tues. April 19.

Kari Jobe, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture with Martin Smith and Brian Houston (Hillsong Church's senior pastor) are all part of the line-up.

The collection of artist-leaders is touring major venues across the country.

Jobe, a worship leader at one of the campuses at the huge Gateway Church, has visited Van Andel previously, performing several years ago on the Winter Jam Tour. And she comes to Grand Rapids as a new mother: her son Canyon was born in February.

Hillsong Worship is a collection of worship leaders from the Hillsong network of churches, based in Australia. They have birthed worship music standards such as "Mighty To Save," "Cornerstone" and the latest anthem, "One Thing." Lead pastor Brian Houston is part of the tour.

The group Elevation Worship is from Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. and has national releases of several albums.

The worship-based Jesus Culture is also part of Outcry. The band will perform without its chief singer-songwriter Kim Walker-Smith. But a welcome addition to the tour is Martin Smith, lead singer of the now defunct British worship band Delirious ("I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.")

At least one West Michigan worship pastor said there's value for area worship leaders in a tour such as "Outcry."

"We labor each weekend to lead worship ourselves in our faith communities," noted Jordan Koller, who recently joined the worship staff at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland. "To attend 'Outcry' and to be able to actually soak in worship from the "other side" of things is extremely important. We don't often get to do that."

The tour has been drawing large crowds in major U.S. cities. Hillsong pastor Brian Houston presents a message each evening.

"I attended the Hillsong Conference last fall and Brian and team bring such a spirit and attitude of worship that Outcry feels less like a worship 'concert' and more like 'church.'
"Having all these 'major' worship bands in one place at one time is too good to pass up."
See a promo at

Tickets range from $29 (upper bowl) to more than $100 for areas nearest the stage; available via and at Ticketmaster outlets.
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Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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