Hillsong Church is again within the information as soon as once more — and identical to final time, it’s for all of the flawed causes.
And no, this controversy has nothing to do with disgraced pastor Carl Lentz — however the allegations are nonetheless as blinding as a Righteous Gemstone.
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Following an obvious months-long inner scandal, Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston introduced over the weekend that the group’s chapter in Dallas, Texas can be closing up store till additional discover.
In an e-mail despatched to church stakeholders, the Australian couple tabbed as “world senior pastors” for the whole multi-national operation wrote (under):
“Many components, all amplified by the pandemic, have resulted within the tough choice to pause all operations at Hillsong Dallas for now. When the time is correct and now we have recognized and skilled appropriate lead pastors, we’ll take into account relaunching.”
However blaming “the pandemic” doesn’t scratch the floor relating to what’s reportedly been happening behind the scenes!
In response to former members of the Hillsong flock, the previous lead pastors on the Dallas department — husband-and-wife group Reed and Jess Bogard — allegedly exploited congregants for “free labor” and reportedly used church tithe cash to “fund their luxurious life.” Hillsong opened up a brand new investigation into the ordeal, specializing in the reported way of life led by the Bogards after issues have been raised by these round them.
It’s unclear what prompted the preliminary allegations and subsequent deep dive by the org; specific particulars about particular acts of wrongdoing haven’t but been launched. Nonetheless, Hillsong has since accomplished their investigation into the luxurious way of life allegations, the fruits of which got here after they accepted the Bogards’ joint resignations, efficient instantly.
Within the aftermath over the previous few days, Hillsong Church officers have since wiped the slate clear, together with deleting the entire movies on the Hillsong Dallas YouTube web page and re-directing the Hillsong Dallas web site to the church’s worldwide dwelling web page. Reed Bogard additionally deleted all of his Instagram posts and locked his account.
In an announcement saying their resignations, the Bogards mentioned:
“[We] simply actually really feel that it’s time to transition off of our workers and take a while to stay wholesome, get wholesome and to essentially see what this subsequent season holds for us.”
Yeah… Get wholesome… One thing like that!
And whereas the e-mail in regards to the department’s closure is imprecise, they do acknowledge the Bogards’ management “failure” in broad phrases, writing:
“We acquired a number of complaints relating to Reed Bogard’s failure to uphold the requirements of Hillsong management. We suspended him from his pastoral duties as we initiated a overview into these incidents. [They] failed to fulfill the commitments and requirements [of Hillsong Church].”
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Hillsong stakeholders are reacting to that in a brand new report printed by the New York Submit on Wednesday. Brandon Walker, one of many individuals who helped the Bogards begin the Dallas department two years in the past, appeared relieved that Hillsong acknowledged the approach to life drawback.
Chatting with The Submit about Houston’s e-mail, he mentioned:
“All we ever wished was acknowledgment of what was occurring. Now that we bought it, I consider we will lastly transfer on.”
However others are extra involved that it is a sample for the church — straying from the phrase of God and diving into wildly inappropriate worldly scandals.
Jenna Babbitt, who’d been a Dallas department churchgoer earlier than the shutdown, mentioned:
“I’m grateful that there was some motion made on account of individual after individual sharing their adverse expertise of Hillsong Church, however there must be much more progress made by Hillsong Church and particularly Brian Houston in gentle of the entire tales which have come out lately. Jess and Reed have been a byproduct of an unhealthy non secular surroundings that reproduces the identical kind of chief over and over. The tradition of Hillsong is the issue, and the pastors, from continent to continent and coast to coast, are merely the byproduct of the tradition.”
That could be a critically damning assertion!
It actually makes us surprise, too — Hillsong clearly has different critical points and issues at hand moreover Lentz’s downfall. What else may go flawed right here?!
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