This happened to so many of us in college. I’m glad someone is finally bringing this to light. Hope they can be held accountable for their actions. Thank you for doing this podcast.
HynesyA via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/01/23
I’m not a fan of hillsong and they definitely have some major problems. What hurts this podcast is he makes entire episodes about non issues. “They asked me to volunteer and I agreed! I’m so angry! Wahwahwah!!!” Every big organization has disgruntled employees. Most of these people came off as...Read full review »
Hdhrggggggdff bill via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/31/23
… for something that was supposed to have been investigative, the journalist doesn’t reveal anything that A Current Affair etc hasn’t already shared. Maybe you could have gone through the hundreds of docs and given us something fresh, or actually done some research to support some of the claims,...Read full review »
LizzyE33 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/31/23
Y’all did a great job! The narration, music and sound quality are all excellent. This story was informative and too common. The whole dynamic of money, power, religion and sex, is so strange. I see that some of the faithful have written poor reviews. It’s sometimes hard to see the corruption...Read full review »
Ree ree ree via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/23
You’re a great podcaster and reporter. I can’t believe people like their music. It gave me the creeps when played during your transitions. Sounds like Coldplay? No. I also find their “we won’t take it” attitude toward tradition while adhering to a lot of the bigotry tradition demands. Trying to...Read full review »
Confused, maybe not via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/23
The journalist seems to have an overall issue or lack of understanding of Christianity. Tithing is biblical and a common practice in churches. That’s just one example of what I felt was criticism of Christianity as a whole which made the entire podcast seem very biased.
huerterl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/23
Love the journalist, the content and can’t believe this cult is happening and how eerily similar it was to when I was in Melbourne’s PlanetShakers Church. It’s wild. Well done.
jpjpjpjpjp via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/19/23
Clearly the host is not a Christian and has never opened a Bible. Wants to put Christians in the worst light versus reporting an unbiased view on what happened. You can report on the wrong doings of the church (which is made up of imperfect people) without trying to slander Christianity. Don’t...Read full review »
Podder21 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/23
It’s very clear that the 1 star reviews are Hillsong sympathizers/members—don’t let them sway you. The podcast is definitely worth a listen and gives a voice to an important set of topics.
fahq_trump via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/11/23
Terrible. I was looking forward to this when I saw it in my recommended list. It lacks facts and puts the journalist credibility into question. Would not recommend
Mel9990n via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/09/23
“A bible verse? Hearing this makes me realize how little the Bible can do.”
Ripley McArthur via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/23
I remember the day I turned off Hillsong. It was a broadcast called a sermon. This broadcast was all about “sex.” It was very explicit and I thought “they stepped over the line.” Though the journalists is not an acting born-again believer, his reporting and interviews with those who attended...Read full review »
oneeightynet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/23
This podcast addresses a lot of issues with mega churches like this. Almost all of the issues brought up mirror things that happened at the churches I was raised in. Tithing and prosperity gospel were huge. Illness was met with “if you serve more you won’t be sick” It was very courageous for...Read full review »
Firesilk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/01/23
Very good podcast with ethical interviewing. Bad reviews are probably coming from Hillsong members or etc. No establishment should be above investigation, especially not a church. Thank you for the information and sensitivity.
L Adkins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/01/23
Shoutout to all the 1 star reviews, I would not have smashed play so fast without them. As the co-host of a podcast about life after church, this podcast is so deeply validating. The churches I attended in the Pacific Northwest (US) aspired to be the next Hillsong, Hillsong pastors would speak at...Read full review »
toriwdouglass via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/23
Great investigative work by a great storyteller. I was hooked from the first episode!
Megan D 45 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/23
Poorly done. Bad journalism. The bulk of what is shared are highly subjective opinions and very few facts. And most of the people interviewed are disgruntled former members and the journalist doing the investigation and it seems like he has an ax to grind with Christianity in general.
brizisnowd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/25/23
I’ve been interested in reading other reviews of this so far and it seems pretty divisive. Some people feel it’s an unfair attack and one sided and bad journalism, while others can’t sing its journalistic praises highly enough! I think it’s worth listening to all episodes before making your...Read full review »
bharper1234 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/25/23
This podcast shines light on what happened at Hillsong but as I listened I couldn’t help but notice the similarities with my own experience being raised in an evangelical church / school. Worst of all the purity culture, rape culture, and abuse that was rampant in that environment. This isn’t...Read full review »
MandSad via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/23
I won’t speak for Hillsong. But to stretch a single side of a handful of questionable stories into 8 episodes of a Hillsong hit piece is clickbait for subscriptions, pure and simple. It’s clear the narrator is pushing his own narrative, stretching these stories to try to justify its existence on...Read full review »
Believe7797 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/23
“partitioners put money in the poor box believing it was going to the poor, but instead it was going to shopping that even the Kardashians would be embarrassed of” This podcast is a tough (heartbreaking) listen - some will even dispute the commentary based their own beliefs. Regardless, there...Read full review »
beesohappy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/21/23
While the actions of Hillsong are inexcusable, this seems like an opportunity to attack Christianity.
Amanda Khayes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/21/23
I was disappointed to see so little nuance and the over arching theme seemed to be cynicism from the host. Like many Christians, I have been a fan of their music for years, and I was hoping to hear the full picture of the scandal. The host tears apart every aspect of Hillsong leaving little room...Read full review »
MCReicks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/23
Fish are friends, Not Food 😬
frances7020 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/20/23
Great podcast! Entertaining all the way through.
Breastyality via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/20/23
I really appreciate the documentation of the covert (and sometimes overt) abusive behaviors of churches like this, and hearing the stories of people so similar to my own. As a survivor of this kind of abuse, I could have done without the worship music sprinkled throughout, but I understand using...Read full review »
Jamie/Prophet Gypsy Robot via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/19/23
Have to agree with the comments about the narrator getting in the way of the story. He steps all over the women’s stories in multiple episodes with his own thoughts about what happened. Great storytellers don’t insert themselves into the narrative. While it seems clear Hillsong is wildly...Read full review »
Podcastfan78 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/23
Feel like I needed to hear this podcast after being gaslit by Hillsong and similar mega churches. Thank you for being so thoughtful in your approach to making this.
LJSNEWZEALAND via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 04/18/23
In essence, this podcast is filled with information from one side of the coin. The narrator says multiple times regarding some of the practices of Hillsong “aren’t very Christian.” While I agree that Hillsong has a host of issues, mainly failing to care for the spiritual health and well-being of...Read full review »
IamSecond116 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/23
Feels like this could have fit into one or two episodes. Lots of repetition and I kept waiting for the big revelation, only to have the last episode behind a paywall. Frustrating experience.
0078700 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/23
Many churches interpret scripture to support tithing. No one is forced to give. The episode around tithing is misleading
4TW5 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/23
This is a hit piece in the worst form. As someone is part of a local church (and I wouldn’t go to Hillsong) you can tell some of this is being shared with ZERO fact checking or explanation on how things work when it comes to volunteering. You take the story of one self entitled guy and make it...Read full review »
Kbeezy33 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/23
This series had me captivated all day, I binged all the episodes. I went to a very small Pentecostal church in Georgia and s*xual abuse of teenage girls was rampant. I sincerely hope every young woman preyed upon by religious cult leaders found some healing in hearing the women in this story...Read full review »
evergreen8181 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/16/23
This podcast sometimes feels like a student project. First of all, who hasn’t heard of Hillsong? The presenter sounds like he’s never heard the name and wants to present them in a balanced way - but that’s clearly not happening here. Secondly, there are segments that just come across as...Read full review »
Emily_c_s via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/16/23
The secrets are all wrapped up in court cases and death threats. Everyone is still scared to talk since radical Christians will kill for their blind belief.
StefanLong via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/23
This podcast was very insightful, I grew up in a smaller version of one of these kinds of churches and it was so similar. It was helpful to hear others experiences and not to feel alone in them, thanks for sharing. How disappointing that they are not held accountable for their disgraceful...Read full review »
Angryfbuser via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/15/23
Made it through and the very last episode makes you sign up for ‘free’ trial. Frustrating, and I’ll skip skip that
Dani108. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/23
Narrator speaks in a heavy Australian accent & speaks too fast. As an American I found his narration very irritating & difficult to follow. Detracted from the broadcast
Faye68 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/23
I really enjoyed this podcast. It’s very well researched & there are some incredibly explosive claims. Interested to see where this story goes next.
podcast_pal via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/14/23
Buddy doesn’t even visit the church until episode 4!!!! So here he is going on & on about the church, THEN says, I’m going to the church first time. In addition, he appears to struggle with what Hillsong leadership does vs. what the Bible says…. Implying they one in the same. Disovery+...Read full review »
JFS8 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/23
Clear, investigative reporting. An incredible podcast that needs more attention because I only found it by a lucky chance. Well done, indeed!! Keep up your responsible journalism for all of us who are without your skills and integrity. Thank you
ESIOTROT2020 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/14/23
While Hillsong definitely has a number of cases to answer, the host misrepresents and misunderstands the Christian faith from the point of view of Hillsong and the people he interviews.
Dave from WS via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/13/23
I am pretty neutral when it comes to Christians criticizing or debunking other Christian platforms. Especially when these Christian platforms have manipulated their authority to hurt and abuse the church. We know it’s not right! However, when the Christian church is being criticized by outsiders...Read full review »
nativealienz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/12/23
Based on the reviews, it seems like a lot of evangelical listeners or bother by the point of view of a lot of the coverage. Which is fair. Depending on what they specifically were bothered by… I have another thought on this but I’ll leave it to the end. The main thing I want to say though is that...Read full review »
Dan T. 123 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/11/23
The narrator gets in the way of the story way way too much. I don’t want to hear the opinion of the person reporting. I want to hear the experiences and opinions of people directly involved. It just reduces the credibility of the story.
DiamondGrl2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/11/23
7 episodes in and I think I’ve heard everything from the trailer 4 or 5 times. No real new discoveries here. Maybe it’s because I’m listening on double speed, but it seems somewhat weak and doesn’t seem to be something that would have required months of investigation.
Bambeano72 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/11/23
Uncovers issues that are common in mega-churches: empire-building, isolated leaders above accountability, vulnerable people misused and abused. And over all that, a massive investment in marketing and branding. Great podcast for us Christians to listen to, especially as we were warned about...Read full review »
Phil in Tassie via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/11/23
Enjoying this a lot. Hearing some things that remind me of the mega church I use to attend. Also reminds me of how dreadful worship music is. The song played in each episode is so bad I have to fast forward.
knahl81 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/11/23
Journalist seems like they were born yesterday and have never heard of corruption? Deeply annoying to listen to. We’re all adults here, This is literally how the world operates… people are greedy and evil.
frankkkkg2 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/10/23
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