A New York Metropolis megachurch pastor who gained superstar from his previous ties with singer Justin Bieber has been fired from his place due partly to what its management referred to as “ethical failures.”
Hillsong Church notified its congregation that Pastor Carl Lentz was terminated on Wednesday, Senior Pastor Brian Houston mentioned in an announcement. Lentz was the lead pastor of Hillsong NYC.
Houston mentioned the choice to half methods with Lentz was made following “ongoing discussions in relation to management points and breaches of belief, plus a current revelation of ethical failures,” however didn’t point out specifics.
“It might not be applicable for us to enter element concerning the occasions that led to this resolution,” the assertion mentioned. “Our focus at the moment is to honor God and pastorally take care of our East Coast church neighborhood in addition to the Lentz household.”
Lentz, 41, started megachurch’s New York Metropolis location, the primary on the East Coast, in 2010 with Houston’s son Joel, in line with Faith Information.
Well-known congregants of the Hillsong community of church buildings have included Bieber, his spouse Hailey Baldwin Bieber, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner, in line with a GQ profile revealed in 2015.
Lentz has not publicly commented on his firing.
On Lentz’s firing, Houston mentioned: “Whereas I’ve little doubt that that is the correct plan of action, I need to point out Bobbie’s and my private disappointment, as we’ve identified Laura her complete life and Carl for effectively over 20 years.”
He mentioned that he stays assured that “God will use Carl in one other manner outdoors of Hillsong church” after “a time of relaxation and restoration.”
The assertion mentioned Hillsong Church wouldn’t remark additional on the matter.