Leaving Hillsong

Leaving Hillsong

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March 19, 2023 74 min

What kind of people spend $12,000 to change a flight? What kind of people are these big spenders in the name of God? S.J. got in touch and wanted to go through the Whistleblower Docs on the pod so we sat down and had a good old chat about hankies, and phones, phone cases, Shady and Freddy from J.C. Travel (yes, it is what you think) , private jets, mouth ulcer ointment and every expenditure she found horrific and hilarious.


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Blow those whistles, everyone, cos the report is OUT!

Grab your copy from the Leaving Hillsong Instagram and facebook links and come laugh along at the people who... well you these people!

We rip the report up and defame every name we can so that you don't have to!

Laugh or cry it's up to you! We chose to point and giggle. And we hope you can join us!

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March 12, 2023 50 min

Glen and I talk change in the megachurch and say 'the megachurch must die' a bunch of times.

Glen continues to stress his faith over his church and we discuss the heartache and tough times after leaving a place like Hillsong.

Uncertainty and injustice are themes in the Moses family's lives and Glen talks openly about how they've managed the losses and realisations that come with #leavinghillsong

so don't miss The One with Glen M...

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March 11, 2023 57 min

Glen Moses attended Hillsong for 6 years before they parted ways.

In that time Glen and his wife Natalie saw many things that concerned them and Glen shares that with us today.

He started a Youtube called the Megachurch Must Die and he's here to explain why that is... what alternatives he sees and why he still loves God.

So come chat about The One with Glen!

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March 5, 2023 44 min

What do you get when the UK meets Sydney meets Baton Rouge, Louisiana? THIS CHAT!

De, Drapps and I continue to wade through life's most uncomfortable questions:

Can you be Christian and gay?

What's the difference between church and hypnosis?

Is God just a drug?

Come join us for this special #lgbt #worldpride #recap as De gives us his POV on and sundry and why the further he gets away from church...?

Well you'll...

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March 4, 2023 34 min

De'Vannon, Drapps and I talked last June for #pride but the interview never made the month

De's story is too great to miss so I saved it up and here we are with worldpride and this conversation is still so rich and so relevant.

De'Vannon grew up in the South of the USA in a faith based home and community and has seen his own trials and tribulations, literally.

He's been in Lakewood Church serving under Joel Osteen, he's been ...

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March 2, 2023 27 min

OUR resident mental health expert James and me Tanya carry on for a bit about Bobbie Houston, her husband, her marriage, but most of all her thoughts when creating the social media posts that she does.

We're basically lost for words but we do our best and well, just come chat with us!

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February 26, 2023 29 min

"Hey Tanya" the SMS said. "Do you think it's Hubris Syndrome or Narcissism?" 

James, our resident mental health professional was asking me about the recent posts by former #Hillsong #leader #Bobbie Houston. 

So we decided to take a closer look.. 

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Laura discusses her final days at #Hillsong Bible College and what life's been like since. 

She also discusses the statements Hillsong made in response to her interview with Business Insider's Rich McHugh from their #newsroom. 

Laura talks about the pressures from all sides to fit the Hillsong model and make it big... and what happens when you speak up against a place that size! 

Come chat with us! 

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Laura Hamilton is the 2nd former #Hillsong #college student named in the article named here

followinng the interview Yolandi Bosch (last week's episode) and she gave with Rich McHugh and Business Insider in 2020

If you have a #Hillsong story, #leavinghillsong is the place to tell it, and Laura explains the circumstances that lead to her enrolment and eventual 'depersonalisation', career crisis, and financial desperation. 

We've hear...

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Yolandi B was accused of 'concerning behaviour' as a student of Hillsong college. In Part 2 she responds to this lurid term and tells her story. 

Bible college is the golden goose of any church, if it wants to save on those nasty taxes. 

But what happens when students don't produce the gold? What happens if they get sick? Is 20 hours a week reasonable for toilet cleaning as a practical element of a course you've paid thousands to att...

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Yolandi Bosch is a former Hillsong student who worked hard to get to the college and even harder to get away from it when the rug was pulled from under her. 

Recently she found a response to an interview she was in from #hillsong's "newsroom" and it got her a little upset. 

Join Yolandi and I as we review this article, the college, visas for international students and what, if any, the costs of speaking out have been. 

Was it worth it...

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Grace and Tanya talk about pastors turning into life coaches and #nepobabies also called career advancement in #Hillsong as well as many other nuggets of info that Grace is famous here for dropping into conversation. 

This is Part 3 and it's the final so come on over and chat with us!

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The talk continues about philosophical crises and education or lack thereof in the hallowed Pentecostal halls. Grace has lots more to say and it's always such an interesting iceberg to chip away at. 

So come talk with us! 

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Grace went to #Hillsong for #Christmas and reports back on what that was like. 

I play various clips of preaching that can be picked apart. We discuss all kinds of hypocrisies and questions left over while everything is left dangling in the air over this once hugely influential megachurch. 

So grab your snacks and your beanbags and come gossip with us tonight!

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January 27, 2023 46 min

The surprise sale of the Houston family belongings on Instagram made for an even happier new year for people wanting to know where their tithes ended up. 

Brian and Bobbie are selling up and moving out and moving on up or somewhere who knows? 

Join Matthew Drapper and me, Tanya Levin for an irreverent and bemusing look at the items that the #Hillsong people have posted willingly online, from slippers to cushions to that jacket!

So com...

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January 22, 2023 55 min

London's #Hillsong seemed exciting to Catherine and an opportunity to further her walk with God through a church where she might use her talents. 

There was only one problem - the rest of her life, including her work, got in the way. 

Catherine attended Hillsong for years, despite her limited capacity to 'serve' but eventually, she left, and only relatively recently to this recording. 

Find out why and how this Christian still has her...

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Hi there! Welcome back to Leaving Hillsong and The Court Case of Brian Charles Houston on one count of concealing a serious indictable offence, namely his father's child sexual abuse of a nearly 8 year old boy in 1970. 

Jake Elliot from @the_framew0rk (insta and FB) and me, Tanya Levin,  combed through our notes fresh out of court. And this is what we got. 

It's such a fascinating case that it truly is worth keeping up and taking not...

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Jake Elliot from @the_framew0rk and Tanya from LH carry on with whatever sense can be made of the story so far in Week 1. The DPP is laying out an extensive and intricate case and neither of us know shorthand so we're doing our best with our notes. 

It's proving to be the highest theatre in the Downing Centre in Sydney for the trial of Brian Charles Houston, the former Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong for the singular count of conce...

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Grace speaks openly about looking back on her years at Hillsong as a young woman who had invested so much and now is recovering from the losses and reflecting on the gains. 

She offers practical tips on coping with immediate triggers, running into old church associates in public and how to respond in the kindest way possible to YOURSELF. 

Grace is awesome and so is this final part of this super cool chat. 

It's such a helpful episode....

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