Hillsong is making adjustments, Interim Global Senior Pastor, Phil Dooley, has informed members of the scandal-hit church.
Dooley mentioned in a message to the church that he couldn’t touch upon the most recent allegation – pertaining to monetary mismanagement – because the matter is earlier than the courtroom.
He mentioned that the church would reply to the allegations with “humility, love and prayer”, and that it was ready to make adjustments if essential.
“While I’d wish to give you extra particular particulars I sadly can’t, as a result of whereas the claims will be publicised, it’s inappropriate to reply or remark publicly as a result of the matter is earlier than the courtroom,” he mentioned.
“However, I can guarantee you that my coronary heart, and the need of our management, is to cope with this matter as we strategy another subject – with humility, love, and prayer.
“While I’ve been suggested that in the course of the courtroom course of we’ll defend these claims, I additionally acknowledge that there are numerous issues we should do – and are already doing – in another way to how we’ve operated previously.”
Dooley the church was dedicated to creating “vital” adjustments to its organisational construction and that “we’re at this time a unique church to what we had been even a yr in the past”.
The message was despatched to members of Hillsong after a lawsuit was filed by former worker Natalie Moses.
According to ABC News, she claims that Hillsong tried to keep away from its charity obligations by shifting cash by way of abroad entities.
The lawsuit alleges a “cowboy tradition” during which funds had been apparently misappropriated and “massive money items” made to the household of founding pastor, Brian Houston, who resigned earlier this yr forward of his trial over whether or not he hid data of his father’s sexual abuse.
The ABC report additionally states that Hillsong has been beneath investigation by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission since March.