"This action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl," the group's founder, Brian Houston, wrote in a memo.
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In a lengthy post shared to his Instagram page, Lentz confessed to cheating on his wife.
"I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions," he wrote. "I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need."
"I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process," he continued. "I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have. So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again."
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In his message, he made it clear he understood the church's decision, saying that, "When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God. When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld."
"I did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available," he added. "When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences."
He concluded his post by saying, "We, the Lentz family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will walk into it together very hopeful and grateful for the grace of God."
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Carl Lentz, the New York pastor of megachurch Hillsong, which is known for its celebrity congregation, was terminated from his position for alleged "moral failures" and "breaches of trust."
The Christian church's founder, Brian Houston, sent out an email with the announcement on Wednesday.
"This action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl," Houston wrote. "This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures."
Houston added that it would "not be appropriate" to go into detail about what led to the decision.
TooFab has reached out to Carl's reps for comment.
Hillsong was founded by Houston and his wife, Bobbie, in Australia in 1983 and now boasts branches in 28 countries. Lentz started the Manhattan church with Houston's son, Joel, in 2010.
In Wednesday's statement, Houston thanked Lentz and his wife, Laura, for their service throughout the years.
"They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church," Houston wrote. "In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here."