Hillsong leaves denomination to become independent
Marcus Jones Premier Media
Hillsong Church has announced it is leaving the denomination that it was formed within after two years of prayerful consideration.
Beginning as Hills Christian Life Centre in 1983, the church led by Brian and Bobbie Houston grew and planted into 123 locations across the world.
Up until now it has fallen under the governance of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).
In a letter to supporters, Houston announced a move away – not based in division – but simply one of growth.
“As Hillsong Church has continued to grow, we no longer see ourselves as an Australian Church with a global footprint, but rather a Global church with an Australian base – our global office now resides in the USA,” he said.
“Two thirds of the people attending Hillsong Church each weekend live in countries beyond Australia. We have pastoral staff in twenty-four nations around the world, representing 123 campuses and locations, with 263 different church services on any given weekend.
“With that growing footprint in mind – it has become clear to us that we need to be able to credential our own pastors and restructure our church in a way that enables us to give due diligence to governance, risk, church health, safe church, and many other policies that are crucial to the future progress of Hillsong, globally.”
Houston said the change would enable Hillsong to provide due diligence to “governance, risk, church health, safe church, and many other policies that are crucial to the future progress of Hillsong, globally”.
Hillsong is now registered by the Australian Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, as its own recognised denomination with the ability to appoint its own pastors across the world.
Wayne Alcorn, President of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) has emailed its pastors saying: “Recently Hillsong Church advised its desire for a change in its relationship with the ACC. In a way, this can be likened to a child who has grown up and now has a larger life outside the family home.
“The relationship between Hillsong Church and ACC is strong.” – Wayne Alcorn
“Hillsong Church now has more constituents and churches outside Australia than within, and as such, has announced its intention of establishing its own international denomination to credential their pastors, whilst remaining in Kingdom partnership with the ACC going forward.
“May I emphasise that the relationship between Hillsong Church and ACC is strong. The change in relationship has been facilitated by Hillsong’s global growth, rather than any disagreement.”
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