Hillsong's Brian Houston Resigns Amidst Scandal

Brian Houston

Hillsong Church's founding pastor Brian Houston has resigned from the mega Australian-based church. Houston resigned in the midst of a report claiming that he had breached the church's code of conduct twice by behaving inappropriately toward two women. 

Hillsonng Church has received two complaints made against Houston. The first complaint referred to Houston sending "inappropriate" text messages to a staff member a decade ago, while the second incident related to Houston going into a woman's hotel room after Hillsong Conference in 2019. Drugs and alcohol were also involved.   

This is the letter Hillsong Church Global and Australian Board have written regarding Houston's resignation:

"We would like to advise you that Pastor Brian Houston has resigned as Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and the board has accepted his resignation.

"We understand there will be much emotion at this news, and we all share these feelings. Irrespective of the circumstances around this, we can all agree that Brian and Bobbie have served God faithfully over many decades and that their ministry has resulted in millions of people across the world being impacted by the power, grace, and love of Jesus Christ.

"Hillsong Church was birthed out of Brian and Bobbie's obedience and commitment to the call of God and we are extremely grateful for all that Brian and Bobbie have given to build His house. We ask that you continue to pray for them, and the entire Houston family, during this challenging time.

"As you can appreciate, there is still much to be done and our church leadership continues seeking God for His wisdom as we set the course for the future. We acknowledge that change is needed. We have committed to an independent review of our governance structure and processes, understanding that this is a time of humble reflection and we are committed to doing what is necessary to ensure God is honoured, and our eyes are fixed on Jesus.

"We value your ongoing support and prayers. We are also praying for our entire church family at this time."





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