Hillsong Church Brian Houston announces stepping down from leadership role

Brian and Bobbie Houston

The founder and senior pastor at Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has announced that he is transitioning away from the leadership role as global pastor of the church.The pastor made this announcement at Australia-based church’s annual Vision Sunday event this weekend.

“I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and praying and thinking about the future and the way ahead, what life looks like for a church moving forward. For Bobbie and I, moving forward and I guess globally we’ve grown so rapidly and it’s been really a time when what has become clear is we need to put a whole lot more structure into what we’re doing globally.”

"Due to the speed of Hillsong’s global growth, it’s become “unsustainable for us to be able to lead everything that we’re leading right now. I want to be looking at ways we can share that load.”

Gary and Cathy Clarke, the lead pastors of Hillsong Church London, were announced as the leaders who will take over the global management of the church over the next two years. The Clarkes are responsible for much of the church's growth in Europe

Gary and Cathy Clarke

Brian said he and his wife “aren’t going anywhere” or “retiring” but they want to do more things in the next season of their life.

“We’re heading towards our 70s. I’m 67 this week and in our 70s there’s a whole lot of things … in our hearts in terms of what we would like to be doing, what we want to be doing and so that’s kind of how I see the future looking so I’m not putting any time on this or anything like that. We’re definitely not retiring,” he said. “We’ll be around but I do think it’s the right season to just look at a whole new season.”

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