‘I am not going wherever’: Hillsong founder Brian Houston slaps down rumours he is leaving the church amid Carl Lentz intercourse scandal
- Hillsong founder Brian Houston has dismissed discuss he will probably be leaving the church
- Houston did concede he can have a diminished position alongside his spouse Bobbie
- John Termini in addition to Chrishan and Danielle Jeyaratnam groomed for brand spanking new roles
- Hillsong has endured undesirable scandalS globally, with Carl Lentz foremost offender
Hillsong founder Brian Houston has rubbished claims he’s leaving the church, stating ‘I am not going wherever’.
Houston was the topic of media experiences he was handing over international management of the church, just for the person himself to disclaim the suggestion on Twitter.
‘I simply discovered that I am handing over management of Hillsong Church,’ Houston tweeted.
‘Thanks for letting me know. The one drawback is I am nonetheless right here and I am not going wherever.’
Hillsong founder Brian Houston (pictured left) had denied claims he’s leaving the church
Alongside spouse Bobbie Houston (pictured left) the couple can have a diminished position as they nudge in the direction of their 70s
The tweet from Brian Houston (pictured above) confirming ‘he is not going wherever’
A Hillsong Church spokesperson confirmed pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston weren’t giving up their major duties.
‘Reasonably, Gary and Cathy Clarke will probably be transferring right into a assist position in Hillsong World. This can enable Pastor Brian, specifically, extra time to deal with mentorship, management growth and his different pastoral obligations,’ the spokesperson stated.
Houston’s public denial that he’s leaving his publish follows a tumultuous few months, with the worldwide church enduring a intercourse scandals and ugly lawsuits, notably involving disgraced pastor Carl Lentz.
Actual-estate dealer John Termini in addition to ‘energy couple’ Chrishan and Danielle Jeyaratnam have been earmarked to take over from the fallen Lentz.
Lentz, who was head of the New York church earlier than his dramatic fall from grace, additionally admitted to dishonest on his spouse final November.
In a leaked e-mail final 12 months, Houston admitted that Lentz had not created a ‘caring’ or ‘wholesome setting’ for parishioners within the Huge Apple.
In a observe up letter to members of the East Coast chapter of the church, Houston stated he was very unhappy to should sack Lentz however put the choice right down to ‘management points and breaches of belief, plus a latest revelation of ethical failures’.
‘I do know it will come as a shock to you, however please know that this motion was not one made flippantly and was finished in one of the best pursuits of everybody, together with Pastor Carl,’ he stated.
Jeyaratnam and his spouse Danielle joined Hillsong in its early days as a small church in Sydney’s west.
Houston stated the couple – who’ve 4 younger women and have been accountable for the Perth and Bali chapters of the church over latest years – have been robust candidates to place the church ‘again on observe.’
Taking on in London will probably be glamorous couple Tim and Nicola Douglass, who in recent times have been main the church in Victoria and Tasmania.
The couple have been collectively for greater than 16 years and have three younger youngsters.
Chrishan and Danielle Jeyaratnam (pictured above) have been earmarked for a much bigger position within the Church overseas
Actual-estate dealer John Termini (pictured proper) can also be tipped to be promoted with a bigger position with Hillsong
The Douglass household – with dad and mom Tim and Nicola (pictured above) will take over Hillsong in London
Mrs Douglass is from the UK initially and Houston advised a Sunday service she was trying ahead to returning dwelling.
Houston advised parishioners it was a part of his plan to place ‘youthful leaders’ in place as he and spouse Bobbie shut in on their 70s.
‘It is just about unattainable, unsustainable for us to guide every thing that we’re main proper now,’ he stated.
‘So over these subsequent few years… I would like to place in place youthful leaders in Australia and youthful leaders across the globe.
‘We’re positively not retiring. We will probably be round, however I do assume it is the fitting season for us to take a look at an entire new season for us personally.’
Hillsong was based within the Hills District of Sydney in 1983 and has greater than 28 church buildings in Australia, and greater than 100 around the globe.