Hillsong Church Becomes Own Denomination, Splits From Australia’s Largest Pentecostal Group

The ramifications for this move is stunning if you think about it – they should be officially registered as a “cult” since they are accountable to no one. Historically denominations are formed over theological positions. Our readers should note that Hillsong will be the only denomination in existence that has not been openly upfront and honest about their theological positions – which means they already are a risk to themselves and their followers. — Churchwatch Central

(Leonardo Blair – The Christian Post)  Citing the growing global nature of the church, Brian Houston, global senior pastor of the popular Hillsong Church, has announced a split from Australia’s largest Pentecostal denomination to become a denomination of its own.

Since their inception, Hillsong Church has been a part of the Australian Christian Churches, a branch of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, which is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. In a recent letter to the ACC, Houston said Hillsong’s operation as a church had outgrown the capacity of the ACC.

“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. 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. We consider it to be ‘One House, with many rooms,'” Houston explained in the letter.

“So 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,” he said. View article →


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