It’s been a troublesome yr for Hillsong megachurch, however its founder believes that the subsequent time scandal strikes, they’ll no less than “hopefully” be higher ready.
“I believe there’s lots of issues I ought to’ve recognized earlier, and hopefully, shifting ahead, we’ll make sure that we’ve got much better methods in place and higher accountability,” Brian Houston, who co-founded the church along with his spouse in 1983, told NBC News’ “Today” in his first interview reflecting on the Australia-based establishment’s rocky final yr.
After Carl Lentz —Justin Bieber’s ex-pastor pal and the previous head of Hillsong’s NY department — was fired for dishonest on his spouse in November, a tidal wave of allegations emerged in opposition to the multinational home of God.
Houston, 67, now admits that regardless of the turmoil Lentz’s impropriety induced for Hillsong, he nonetheless misses the person.
“Carl was Carl. He’s a novel character. There’s lots of issues I miss about Carl,” Houston stated in a clip of the interview, which is ready to air in full on Wednesday morning. “However having stated that, there have been management points that I imagine included mendacity, included what I’d name narcissistic conduct.”
Whereas the general public solely grew to become conscious of issues with Lentz’s management in November, Houston added that he’d been frightened for years.
“I’ve had considerations and plenty of conversations over time with Carl,” he stated, including that he was bothered “to a level, for positive” that many individuals described Lentz as aloof and faraway from the precise ministry.