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Hillsong Church has announced it is leaving the denomination that it was formed within after two years of prayerful consideration.
Beginning as Hills Christian Life Centre in 1983, the church led by Brian and Bobbie Houston grew and planted into 123 locations across the world.
Up until now it has fallen under the governance of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).
In a letter to supporters, Houston announced a move away - not based in division - but simply one of growth.
"As Hillsong Church has continued to grow, we no longer see ourselves as an Australian Church with a global footprint, but rather a Global church with an Australian base - our global office now resides in the USA," he said.
"Two thirds of the people attending Hillsong Church each weekend live in countries beyond Australia. We have pastoral staff in twenty-four nations around the world, representing 123 campuses and locations, with 263 different church services on any given weekend."
Houston said the change would enable Hillsong to provide due diligence to "governance, risk, church health, safe church, and many other policies that are crucial to the future progress of Hillsong, globally".
Hillsong is now registered by the Australian Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, as its own recognised denomination with the ability to appoint its own pastors across the world.
Houston says he has "no grief or dispute at all with the ACC" and believes current leader Pastor Wayne Alcorn is doing a wonderful job in leading the movement.
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