Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock

10 Sep

Ben Houston, a son of the Hillsong founders and pastor of Hillsong Los Angeles. By some estimates, 100,000 people are in the assorted Hillsong pews around the world each weekend. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Hillsong Los Angeles, as well as Hillsong New York, which opened four years ago, is an example of a growing phenomenon in global Christianity: big church brands taking on big secular cities. This year, Saddleback Church, the Orange County megachurch led by Rick Warren, opened its own campus in Los Angeles, while several years ago, Willow Creek, the megachurch based in South Barrington, Ill., opened a campus in Chicago.

If you have not heard of Hillsong–or if you have, but didn’t know a lot about it beyond its music–this New York Times article by Michael Paulson is an eye-opener: Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock – NYTimes.com.

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