Embattled Hillsong head honcho Brian Houston and his senior elder team held secret meetings, dined at swanky restaurants, and stayed in $1500-a-night hotels rooms while considering church business and their next move as Houston awaits his trial over concealing his late father’s sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing hit to their reputation following a series of high-profile financial and sex scandals at their American plants, according to the DailyMail Uk.
They report that Houston and 10 other senior elders and board members of the Hillsong juggernaut spent two days at the 5-star Park Hyatt, along with three other staff members, discussing the future of their church empire. Wife Bobbie Houston, who is also a senior Hillsong pastor stopped by to offer moral support but did not attend any meetings, given she has no formal role on any elder boards.
Two months ago, Houston stepped down from 18 of 19 Hillsong church boards, in order not to be a ‘distraction’ to their operations as he deals with the fallout of the police investigation. DMA further writes:
“At a white board session on Thursday, Mr Houston could be seen speaking seriously and gesticulating to attendees, who included other Hillsong elders who dialed in via video conferencing.
The mood looked less somber as the group broke for a snack around 11am, with Mr. Houston chatting with board members, Sydney financial adviser Dr. Stephen Crouch and Hillscorp property developer Phillip Denton.
…Of concern to Hillsong currently is the poorly performing Hillsong Channel, a Christian-themed TV network and the joint venture of Hillsong and the American Trinity Broadcasting Network.
It is unclear why Houston and his people stayed in such a luxurious hotel, given that his $4,000,000 mansion is only 30 minutes away, but we imagine that given his many millions, it was basically peanuts.
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