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Hillsong Leaves Australian Branch of Assemblies of God

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Senior Global Pastor Brian Houston
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Hillsong Church, the Australia-based network whose music is widely sung throughout the evangelical world, has announced that it is withdrawing from its parent organization to become a denomination in its own right.

Founded by Brian and Bobbie Houston in 1983, it has been affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (ACC), the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God.

However, in a letter addressed the ACC network, Houston said Hillsong was withdrawing from the denomination. He stressed his debt to ACC and respect for its president Pastor Wayne Alcorn, saying he was ‘doing a wonderful job in leading the movement, and I want to make it clear that we have no grief or dispute at all with the ACC’.

According to Eternity News, Alcorn has emailed ACC pastors saying:'”Recently Hillsong Church advised its desire for a change in its relationship with the ACC. In a way, this can be likened to a child who has grown up and now has a larger life outside the family home.’

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