Hillsong Worship has announced that they are pulling out of an 18-city concert tour with Casting Crowns that is set to begin in just over two weeks. The tour will also feature We the Kingdom and is slated to kick off on April 22 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The team announces, "Hillsong Worship has asked to be withdrawn from the upcoming Casting Crowns/Hillsong Worship tour with We The Kingdom." The group is "deeply disappointed," the statement continued.
In the light of the church's recent scandals, most notably the resignation of Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston, the church is currently in a mode of reflection and repentance. The team writes. "Now is the time for us to humbly seek the Lord, to grieve in hope and to heal in community, together."
Casting Crowns' Mark Hall supports the decision, "Their church is hurting right now, and they're going through some stuff," Hall said in a video on Facebook. "Hillsong Worship, they're a church-based ministry . . . and when your church is hurting, you need to be with your people. That's what the body of Christ does. So they're going to be home walking this season out with their people, and we're going to be out on the road loving on you guys."