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Hillsong Church has pulled out from under its denomination in order to create its own denomination. In a letter to Australian Christian Churches (ACC), pastor Brian Houston cites the increasingly global “footprint” of Hillsong as the reason the multi-national church is leaving.
“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,” Houston writes in the letter.
Inception - Hillsong - Covering - ACC - Branch
Since its inception in 1983, Hillsong has been under the covering of ACC, the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God denomination. Houston himself has held his credentials as a pastor through ACC for almost forty years now.
The decision to leave comes after two years of “prayerful discussion” on Hillsong’s Australian and global boards.
Letter - ACC - Houston - Church - Reasons
In the letter to ACC, Houston articulates the church’s reasons for leaving.
First of all, he highlights the global reach of Hillsong, citing the following facts:
Church - Staff - Nations
The church has staff in 24 nations;
123 campuses and locations;
Houston - Hillsong - House
Houston describes Hillsong as “One House, with many rooms.”
With such a global reach, that is continuing to grow, Houston writes:
Pastors - Church - Way - Diligence - Governance
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 writes the church has taken the necessary steps to register Hillsong with the Australian Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages so they can...
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