There’s a bit more rap here:
Hillsong takes over Garden City Christian Church
Article from: The Courier-Mail By Tuck Thompson April 27, 2009 11:15am
CELEBRITY evangelist Brian Houston and his Hillsong mega-church have taken over one of Brisbane’s largest Pentecostal churches, Garden City Christian Church. Sydney-based Mr Houston and his wife Bobbie were elected senior pastors of Garden City Christian Church yesterday. The fate of pastor Steve Dixon is yet to be explained to the congregation or made public. Security guards prevented the media from entering church grounds during a secret ballot of registered members.
The GCCC website later said the Houstons were chosen by “an overwhelming majority”. Congregation members said Pastor Dixon intended to remain at the church but Hillsong said he was leaving in 12 months to go to Hong Kong. Pastor Dixon, who attended yesterday’s service and election, declined to be interviewed. Church member Priyance Nicks, a 20-year-old student from India who collects Brian Houston’s CDs, was pleased with the vote. “He preaches good and his way of conveying messages touches your heart,” said Mr Nicks, carrying a Good News Bible. “Whenever he comes here, there is going to be a big crowd.”
Many church-goers were unwilling to speak publicly. Others voiced their opposition to Hillsong in subtle ways. “Vote No, Keep Local Leadership,” read a message inside the windscreen of a vehicle parked outside the church entrance on Rover St, Mount Gravatt, in Brisbane’s south. The church would not release details of the vote but church-goers said it was 79 per cent in favour of the Houstons from 669 ballots. Some church members were suspicious of the outcome, saying scrutineers were selected by the church board which had nominated the Houstons. Hundreds of churchgoers were not allowed to vote because they were not registered. Pastor Houston declined to be interviewed.