Hillsong Worship, a world-famous band of worship leaders of the Hillsong Church suffering from scandals, has withdrawn from the national tour for “healing.”
The 18-city concert tour was scheduled to kick off in just over two weeks at Casting Crowns and We The Kingdom. Hillsong Worship has announced its withdrawal on social media. “Hillsong Worship has requested withdrawal from future Casting Crowns / Hillsong Worship tours with WeThe Kingdom.” Published on Facebook..
Hillsong Worship said they were “extremely disappointed”, scandal The group surrounding the Hillsong Church in recent months continued the statement, “We put the health and well-being of the people on our team first.”
Brain Houston, who co-founded Hillsong in 1983, Resignation After it was revealed last month that two women made it Allegations of illegal activity Against him in the last 10 years. His resignation also followed a series of illegal scandals involving leaders of other Hillsong churches in the United States and Australia.
Some of the former Hillsong pastors have broke up with the brand and have started their own ministry apart from Hillsong.
The global network of churches was also the focus of a documentary set out to rehash some of the evil deeds of church leaders revealed in recent years. The Discovery Plus documentary, “Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed,” released March 24, shows how the Australian-based global network has guided the “cult-cultural border.”
Hillsong Worship said in a statement that band members need to take a break as they are “an extension and representation of the Hillsong Church, a group of worship teams in the local church.” Each member of the group, including Joel Houston (son of Brian Houston), Broke Ligertwood, Taya Smith, etc., is “either a staff member or a volunteer of the Hillsong Church.”
“Now is the time for us to humbly seek the Lord, to mourn with hope, and to heal together in the community,” the statement added. They thanked Casting Crowns, We The Kingdom, and Premier Productions for their understanding and admitted that they were “ravaged” in doing so.
The tour went on April 22nd and Hillsong Worship encouraged fans to store their tickets.
Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall Instagram With a statement of support for Hillsong Worship’s decision to withdraw from the tour.
“Their church is now hurt, and they are experiencing some things,” Hall shared in a video message. “Hillsong Worship, they are church-based ministry … and when your church is hurt, you need to be with your people.”
“That’s what the body of Christ does,” he explained. “So they’re going home with their people this season, and we’ll be on the road to love you.”
Hillsong Church Interim Global Senior Pastor Phil Dooly Recently dealt with Negative media attention surrounding the church network said it portrayed an unfair picture of the ministry. He assured that the church had done a lot in the world and “never claimed to be the perfect church.”
Dooly, who has been a member of the Hillsong Church for over 30 years, also admitted that he was saddened by the experience of the victims of the church leaders.
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