Phil Dooley, a well-known empathetic communicator, is the new Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. According to the latest statement posted online, the pastor has promised everyone that he will clean house. He made the announcement during a Sunday service in Sydney after the chairman of the board announced a forensic audit of church spending under Dooley’s predecessor founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. Since this statement was made in front of everyone, there is a new hope among the people who know him. Keep reading this article to know more about the statement.
Hillsong Church Scandal Explained
He said: “I can’t change the past, but I can play an important role in changing the future. Our structure and culture are changing and need to change more to ensure that a higher level of accountability is held of us, and I appreciate that. The chance to unveil a new beginning came suddenly when an Australian member from Tasmania accused the global megachurch of misappropriating donations in a speech. Andrew Wilkie, MP, surrounded by stacks of folders which he said contained financial records leaked by a whistleblower, said: “Hillsong supporters believe that the money they put into the poor box goes to the poor. But these documents show how that money is actually being used to make the kind of purchases that would put a Kardashian to shame.”
Wilkie alleges that Hillsong’s internal records indicate that the church supported the lavish lives of church leaders. For example, he claims that Bobbie Houston received a $6,500 Cartier watch and $2,500 worth of Louis Vuitton luggage and that the Houston family spent $150,000 in church finances to vacation in style for three days in Cancun.
Wilkie told parliament: “These other documents show former leader Brian Houston treating private jets like Ubers, again, all with church money. For example, in a three-month period, Brian Houston’s trips cost $55,000, $52,000, $30,000, $22,000, and $20,000.” Well, it is not yet clear if the amounts are calculated in Australian dollars, US dollars or both.
Wilkie also testified that the church funded another couple’s shopping extravaganzas, which included $16,000 for custom skateboards. He also claimed the church offered cash gifts, including $15,000 for one pastor’s birthday, $36,000 for another’s 30th anniversary and $10,000 each for two outside pastors.
It was revealed in the presence of the media and shocked nearly 150,000 people who attend Hillsong’s 30 locations around the world, but it came as no surprise to the church’s internal leadership. We urge our readers to stay tuned to us for more details on the allegations.