In the Sydney Morning Herald today:
Hillsong on a mission to spread the word north
SYDNEY, London, Kiev, Paris, Cape Town, Stockholm, Moscow … and now Brisbane.
The languid Queensland capital has become the latest stop in Brian and Bobbie Houston’s odyssey to franchise their pentecostal Hillsong Church around the world.
Mr Houston has resigned as president of the Australian Christian Churches, a position he held for 12 years, to focus on the “multisite” expansion of Hillsong. And that, coupled with the controversial move interstate, has prompted speculation that Hillsong is ramping up its domestic network of churches, ready to pounce on churches struggling amid the global financial crisis.
Garden City Christian Church on Brisbane’s southside will be renamed Hillsong Brisbane Campus and the Houstons installed as senior pastors there on May 24, after 79 per cent of Garden City members voted in favour of the takeover.
For more read here.
I can remember first visiting them when they were running out of a warehouse in Baulkham Hills. I wonder how this development is going to effect Assemblies of God in Australia. Could this one church (21,000 members in Sydney alone) one day dwarf the denomination (215,000 Australia wide)?