Carl Lentz, the co-founder of Hillsong New York City and the pastor that officiated Hailey and Justin Bieber’s wedding has been sacked from the church.
Hillsong’s founder Brian Houston confirmed the termination over email to members of the church.
Hillsong members over the East Coast of the USA found the email in their inboxes overnight revealing that Lentz was dismissed due to ‘leadership issues’, ‘breaches of trust’ and ‘moral failures.’
Brian Houston has not revealed what exactly occurred to lead to this result but it wasn’t a rash decision but a decision made after ‘ongoing discussions.’
Carl Lentz has been fired by Hillsong for “a recent revelation of moral failures” writes Brian Houston in an email to church members. pic.twitter.com/Q653Qd4YvB
— Andrew Beck (@AndrewBeckNYC) November 4, 2020
“You can be assured that this decision was made in order to honor God and pastorally care for you…”
Carl Lentz is publicly very close to Bieber and is connected to other high profile celebrities such as Drake and Jay-Z.
Lentz attended the Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney in the early 2000s before decided to take Hillsong to NYC.
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Our time at HillsongNYC has come to an end. This is a hard ending to what has been the most amazing, impacting and special chapter of our lives. Leading this church has been an honor in every sense of the word and it is impossible to articulate how much we have loved and will always love the amazing people in this church. When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God. When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld. Laura and I and our amazing children have given all that we have to serve and build this church and over the years I did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available. When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences. I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions. I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need. I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have. So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again. To our pastors Brian and Bobbie, thank you for allowing us to lead, allowing us to thrive and giving us room to have a voice that you have never stifled or tried to silence. Thank you for your grace and kindness especially in this season, as you have done so much to protect and love us through this. We, the Lentz family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will walk into it together very hopeful and grateful for the grace of God..
The internet is revving up over the lack of transparency on what exactly went on, especially because Lentz was incredibly popular and well loved by his city.
Incredibly active in the Black Lives Matter moment and progressive around LGBTQIA+ issues, there are questions on what his ‘moral failures’ exactly were!
Hillsong firing Carl Lentz out of the nowhere and then telling it’s congregation to not look to slander/rumors for answers but still not giving TRANSPARENCY to their reasoning makes me do one thing… look to Twitter for reasoning
— Mary Liz Adams (@MaryLiz_Adams) November 4, 2020
wondering whether Carl Lentz’s recently revealed “moral failures” were a political disagreement with Hillsong hmmmm
— Abard 🌶️ (@abard_who) November 4, 2020