Hillsong Explains Reason for Launching Independent Investigation Into Hillsong NYC After Firing of Carl Lentz

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Hillsong said Friday that it decided to launch an independent investigation into Hillsong NYC and East Coast after hearing a number of concerns from people affiliated with those churches.

“Since last week’s announcement of a leadership change at Hillsong East Coast, we have heard from a number of people about their experiences and concerns,” Hillsong said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.

“It is important that we establish the truth and then do everything we can to ensure our church is both a safe place and one that seeks to glorify God in all that we say and do,” the church added.

Brian Houston, senior pastor of Hillsong worldwide, mentioned the investigation in a post on Twitter Thursday.

“We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning. The best is yet to come,” Houston tweeted.

Hillsong further explained why an investigation was launched after additional details of Lentz’s affair with a Muslim designer and actress were made public.

“For this reason we have decided to appoint a New York based legal firm that is not associated or affiliated with Hillsong to conduct an in-depth review and investigation into all concerns and any wider cultural issues,” Hillsong added.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law