Hillsong ‘using schools for recruitment’

Posted Tue Sep 9, 2008 11:38am AEST
Updated Tue Sep 9, 2008 2:55pm AEST

The Hillsong sign sits on the entrance to the Hillsong Church

Evangelising: Hillsong is accused of trying to recruit schoolchildren (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

The Christian evangelical church Hillsong has been accused of secretly making a push to convert public school students in New South Wales.

The NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Association says it has received a number of complaints from teachers and parents concerned that Hillsong is using public schools as a recruiting ground.

Federation president Dianne Giblin says the church is using its young people to go into schools and host barbecues called ‘Exo days’ in about 30 schools across the state.

Ms Giblin says religious education is strictly defined under the Public School Act.

“There’s a section in the Act that says there’s not to be more than one hour of special religious education a week,” she said.

“These are coming under the disguise of cultural events or even PD [personal development], health and PE [physical education] sessions.

“We believe the content is not known to the department and the content should be known. All our curriculum content is known and we feel that they should take some action.”

NSW Greens MP John Kaye says he has also received a number of complaints from teachers.

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.”

Hillsong declined to comment when contacted by the ABC.

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4 Responses to “Hillsong ‘using schools for recruitment’”

  1. May God Bless you dearly am a Kenyan who trully love your ministries,people have gotten saved through you Music and all i can say is Glory be to God and my Prayer is May he use you and Grant your desires.You really bless my heart and i would wish to join your school of Music.am a music worshiper in my local church for 3 years now and i would like you to teach me more about music.Darlene zschech and the rest may God bless you our Prayers from Kenya,i would like to here from you.

  2. My school had a thing called exo day in Queensland and it was siiiickkk. Its like a mini festival. Really loved it for the 2 years they had it there 🙂 You guys should keep doing it, who cares what the other people say, or the teachters. They never like fun anyways LOL

  3. anthony kelly Says:

    we have all seen many a cult activity over the years we have witnessed the results mass suiside abuse etc and all along governments watch on like adoomed play ah well what happens when you try to lie give folks religion rather than christianity the only good in a place as hillsong is to take on the intellectual take the tools ya need recognize it for what it is and get out i highly recomend jesus only not any man derived institution thankyou

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