After several scandals within the Australian megachurch, Hillsong Worship cancels its tour with Casting Crowns

While the megachurch Australian Hillsong has recently been hit by several cases, the praise group Hillsong Worship has announced that it is giving up its tour in collaboration with the groups Casting Crowns and We The Kingdom to take time to "heal". 

Dance a press release published on Wednesday April 6 on Facebook, the group Hillsong Worhisp has announced that it is withdrawing from the concert tour planned in 18 cities which is due to begin in ten days.

The worship group said they were 'deeply disappointed' to have to give up the tour, but due to the latest scandals at Hillsong Church they choose to prioritize 'health and well-being' of its members.

“It is time for us to seek God with humility, mourn with hope, and heal with our community, together,” the statement read.

Following this declaration, they received the support of Mark Hall, leader of Casting Crows.

“Our prayers are with Hillsong Church as it goes through a truly difficult season. Hillsong Worship is a church-centered ministry, as is Casting Crowns. They are making the right decision by staying home and loving their community in these difficult times,” the worship leader said on Instagram.

The tour is not canceled, it will take place with the other two groups on the bill.

A few weeks ago, Hillsong's board of directors revealed two complaints against its founder and senior pastor, Brian Houston. The first dates from a decade ago, the second from 2019. In both cases, the pastor engaged in inappropriate behavior with female members of the church. A few days after these revelations, Hillsong announced the resignation of Brian Houston.

His resignation also follows a series of scandals involving other Hillsong Church pastors, for example, Carl Lentz in the United States who was fired in November 2020.

Christian today further reports that the Australian megachurch was recently the subject of a documentary titled "Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed" which highlights some inappropriate behavior by church leaders. global network church.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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