Sometimes People Have to Resign Before the Church Can Move on, Disconnected From Where It Started and Under a New Name. So It Goes. Hillsong Is Dead in Atlanta and Now We Have a New Church Plant Called Story Church in Atlanta. Glory Be to God. In the Words of the British, “Stay Calm and Carry on.” This Is How You Do It

On Easter Sunday (April 17), Story Church in Atlanta, Ga., held its first service. The church has taken the place of Hillsong Atlanta after that congregation disbanded in the wake of the resignation of its lead pastor, Sam Collier. Collier cited scandals within the Hillsong global church as the reason for his departure.

Collier, who had been Hillsong Church’s first African American pastor to lead a congregation, announced on March 27 that Hillsong Atlanta would dissolve. The announcement came less than a week after the resignation not only of Collier, but also Hillsong Church’s global senior pastor Brian Houston. Houston resigned the church he planted nearly four decades ago after it was revealed that he had acted inappropriately toward two women in separate incidents.

During the announcement regarding Hillsong Atlanta’s dissolution, Collier announced the launch of Story Church, which has retained much of Hillsong Atlanta’s leadership team with Collier as the lead pastor.

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Source: Church Leaders, Dale Chamberlain