Hillsong Church Scandal: Houston the wake of Brian Houston’s ouster by the church’s board, two more Hillsong Church U.S campuses leaders have indicated that they are taking their campuses in a new direction. The New York Times reported that the Australian church lost nine of 16 American churches in the last two weeks. Houston resigned on March 23rd after the Hillsong board issued a statement stating that it believed he sent inappropriate text messages and had spent time in a hotel room with a woman. The resignation was accepted by the board.
Hillsong Church Scandal
Houston was on leave from his senior pastor duties since January. He was being tried for failing to report sex abuse by his father, also a minister. Terry Crist, the Hillsong Phoenix pastor, announced in a tweet March 27, that he would withdraw his church from the Hillsong’s “global family.” He also stated that “I’m going to not use social media to process this decision,” and directed readers to a YouTube video of his sermon declaring the move to his congregation. Crist stated that his decision was motivated by a loss in confidence in the global board’s ability to “continue leading us as a congregation” and that the board rejected a request for Phoenix to remain a Hillsong campus operating under local governance.
Hillsong Atlanta pastor Sam Collier announced his separation from the global church via Instagram. telling followers his reasoning was “probably no secret” and announcing that he would open a new church called Story Church on Easter Sunday. He said that “with all of the scandals, articles and accusations, and the church’s subsequent handling of these attacks, it’s become too hard to lead and grow an emerging Church in such an environment.” He thanked the Houston family for their support, and expressed his hope that the Hillsong “family will weather the storm.” Follow For More Update Filmyhunt.com
Collier, the first Black Hillsong Church pastor, opened the Atlanta location in June last year just as scandals were brewing that caused resignations at Hillsong’s New York and New Jersey campuses. Houston, a New Zealander, founded Hillsong Church in Sydney with his wife Bobbie, in 1983. At its peak, the church had 30 locations worldwide and an average global attendance at 150,000 per week.