The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports…
“The evangelical organisation to which the Hillsong Church belongs has denied Hillsong is using New South Wales public schools to recruit new members.
The state’s Federation of Parents and Citizens says it has received complaints that the Hillsong Church has been trying to convert public school students through events called ‘Exo days’.
Federation president Dianne Giblin says the church is using its young people to go into schools and host barbecues in about 30 schools across the state.
The events are administered by the Youth Alive initiative, which is linked to Hillsong.
But the Australian Christian Churches’ National Ministries director, Keith Ainge, says attendance is not compulsory and students are made well aware of what the events entail.
“It’s totally voluntary and they understand what they’re going for… it’s going to be a day of encouragement and a day of fun really,” Mr Ainge said.
“It’s certainly not a recruiting thing in the sense of going out and just trying to grab people. It’s a ministry to people and obviously if people want to join the youth group, then they are going to do that.”
NSW Greens MP John Kaye says he has also received a number of complaints from teachers about the ‘Exo days’.
Mr Kaye says the new Education Minister, Verity Firth, should step in.
“The Education Department is calling it a cultural event but that’s not true. It’s an event which is designed to convert children to the Assemblies of God religion.”
I thought this was worth discussing. Some probably read this from Lances blog but have no where to discuss this. So what’s your view on this? Do your kids go to the Big Exo Con Day? Is it for Christian kids or all kids?
Check out there website and look at their sponsors:
Concerned parents wondering what this event is about have every right to be concerned. Three of their sponsors are ‘Hillsong International Leadership College’ *shudders*, ‘Gloria Jeans’ and ‘Australian Christian Channel’. So if any non-Christian parent saw this event being advertised at this school and then accidentally stumbled across some of the foul and loose based teaching programs on the ‘Christian Channel’ and also saw that this event was being sponsored by a megachurch losership college, wouldn’t you be concerned?
An excerpt from their site encouraging kids to register their school for Exo Day (with Jesus): http://www.exoday.com/about.php
School Exo Day Purpose
– To present the message that: ‘Life is Excellent’ (Exo) with Jesus!
– To encourage students that their life can be excellent no matter what you’re going through.
– To provide a fun and exciting lunchtime festival as a gift to the school.
– To promote THE BIG EXO DAY.
Exo is all about taking your youth ministry and all the youth ministries in your area into your school; bringing what we’ve got at Church and showing how awesome it is!
Exo is a great way to attract the majority of your schoolmates into one place at one time for a free lunch, to be entertained and hear that life with God is excellent!
Its an amazing opportunity for the Christian students to be a blessing to your school, and to see your friends connect with Jesus and into your youth group.
It is put on for the students by the students. This God inspired idea gives a chance for the Christian students to unite as one in reaching their friends with the love of Christ through a free lunchtime festival.