Can’t Get Enough Hillsong? Get Ready for the Hillsong Channel

Go watch the video pitching the enterprise. You can even donate.If you watch, you will see some familiar faces.To help market all things Hillsong, the megachurch signed a deal with the William Morris Agency. According to Billboard, the deal is the first with a major Hollywood agency and a church. … [Read more...]

Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous, and Hillsong

Coming up in medium to small, mostly middle class churches, I have not experienced a lot of the excess I write about. Gospel for Asia lets hundreds of millions draw interest in banks, pastors make half-a-million plus, million dollar book advances for Christian books, lavish lifestyles, jet planes, etc.But then yesterday, a reader sent a link to the Instagram account of Esther Houston, wife (is she really also a pastor?) of New York City Hillsong church pastor Joel Houston. The description is … [Read more...]

Hillsong Plans to Open Megachurch in Phoenix

Oh boy; didn't Brian Houston get the memo about Mark Driscoll's The Trinity Church?Hillsong plans to go big in the valley. Hillsong Church, a global church founded in Australia with 15 locations and over 100,000 in weekly attendance, announces the launch of its third U.S. congregation in the Phoenix, Arizona, area on Feb. 21, 2016. The Phoenix site will initially offer six Sunday worship experiences on three campuses with additional sites under consideration."After 15 years of serving … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Protested at Hillsong Conference

Not many showed up but a few passed out flyers and tried to make an issue of Mark Driscoll at the Hillsong London conference earlier today. Some pics from organizer Natalie Collins are available via this tweet:@wthrockmorton hiya, here's some images from tonight's protest... pic.twitter.com/KYhWX52asF— God loves women ن (@God_loves_women) July 22, 2015You can also take in the twitter feed here. … [Read more...]

Hillsong Protest Planned Over Mark Driscoll’s Conference Interview

Even the last protest was small, it garnered wide coverage in Australia. Given the fact that most Australian reporters seemed to think Brian Houston had agreed not to feature Mark Driscoll during the recent conference in Sydney, the media may turn out for this event in a similar manner.  Here is the event description: Please bring protest signs. We will be protesting peacefully! Under enormous pressure from pro women groups and others, Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston was very deceptive a … [Read more...]

Something I Don’t Understand About Mark Driscoll’s Resignation

In his interview with Brian Houston, Mark Driscoll said he had decided to go along with the restoration plan that the Mars Hill elders wanted to implement. He told Houston that he had given the go ahead for the plan which would have him returning to the pulpit on January 4, 2015.  However, then on the Monday night after he said he would follow the elders' plan, God told him and his wife that they were released from ministry. Then he resigned.First of all, no one at the time said anything … [Read more...]

Hillsong Church Campaigners Feel Betrayed by Brian Houston’s Interview with Mark & Grace Driscoll; London Protest Planned

Earlier this month, Brian Houston, pastor of Hillsong Church, appeared to respond to the protests and petitions about Mark Driscoll's appearance at the church's 2015 conferences.  He issued a statement which sounded like Driscoll would not have a presence at the Hillsong conference, underway now in Sydney Australia. Houston said (full statement here):After personal interaction with Mark Driscoll today, we have agreed that he will no longer be coming to Australia or the UK to attend Hillsong C … [Read more...]

Hillsong’s Brian Houston Interviewed Mark and Grace Driscoll After All (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Update: Campaigners against Driscoll's appearance have expressed betrayal via statements about the interview.Just a little while ago, Brian Houston showed a taped interview of Mark and Grace Driscoll at the conference in Australia. I have some video below. The source of the video stalled out near the end, so this is not the complete interview.Despite the fact that Houston told the world Driscoll would not attend the conference, he brought him to the conference via video anyway. At that … [Read more...]