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Pastor Carl Lentz

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Lead Pastor

Email: c***@***.com
Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
Hillsong Church
2. New Dorp High School 465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, New York 10306
United States

 
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Carl Lentz Carl ...
www.charismanews.com, 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
Carl Lentz Carl Lentz is the unconventional leader of Hillsong Church NYC. (hillsongnyc.com)
Every Sunday thousands flock to Hillsong Church in New York City, but it's not your typical, traditional church.
It is complete with strobe lights, concert-like worship and an unconventional leader in its pastor, Carl Lentz.
The 35-year-old Lentz looks more like a rock star than a man of the cloth. He chooses to wear leather jackets and jeans instead of a suit and tie.
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"Our church is about trying to get people to experience the power of God as fast as possible," Lentz said.
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"I love Justin and he's a good kid; he's trying to figure this out," Lentz said.
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"People are like, 'Is he even a Christian?' " Lentz said. "I always tell people … grace and acceptance does not mean approval," he explained. "I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That's how we've been loved."
We Reach Them All
Lentz co-founded Hillsong NYC in 2012 as an extension of the main Hillsong Church in Sydney.
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"So when it comes to celebrities I always say celebrities are people last time I checked," Lentz said.
Lentz on Moral Issues
The pastor is not so quick, however, to address moral issues like abortion and homosexuality.
During an appearance on the Katie Couric's show, Lentz was asked if he had a moral imperative to speak publicly about controversial issues.
"No," he answered. "Because we try to be like Jesus."
He said he doesn't want to make blanket statements about morality, preferring instead to have conversations surrounding hot button social topics.
"Homosexuality is something right now that people are really, really looking at," Lentz said. "I'd rather talk to these people on my own and walk it out like I would anybody else than make a bold statement in the papers..."
"I hate it when I talk to someone who has a pre-conceived notion of what I'm going to say or do and I don't think it's fair so I just decline to answer it in most forums," he explained.
For that and more, Lentz has his critics, which he says helps him be better as a pastor and as a believer.
"I don't have it all together and there are areas of my life where I'm trying to do better as well, trying to handle criticism better," he said. "I'm going to take it onboard and walk with it humbly and say like I never write criticism off. Most people who criticize us simply do not know us."
And with a growing church and his name among the stars, many question whether Lentz is the next 'big thing' in Christianity?
"I know me so I don't think so," he responded.
"I'm a small thing used by a big God," he said.
Hillsong Church | NYC
www.hillsongnyc.com, 19 June 2013 [cached]
We're coming off a big Sunday in church and are excited for Pastor Carl to preach this Sunday.
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Yesterday, our lead pastor Carl Lentz preached ALL six services with an essential word about #ChurchInTheWild ...which means the best service of the day was the one you were at.
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WATCH: Lifechurch.tv Pastor Craig Groeschel Interviews NBA Star Kevin Durant and Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz
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Also joining them was Carl Lentz, who is the pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City and a close personal friend and mentor to Durant.
Unconventional pastor leads booming NYC ...
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Unconventional pastor leads booming NYC megachurch | In this July 14, 2013 photo, Pastor Carl Lentz, center, leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Pastor Carl Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg) | Read the rest of this entry »
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Unconventional pastor leads booming NYC megachurch | In this July 14, 2013 photo, Pastor Carl Lentz, center, leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Pastor Carl Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg) | Read the rest of this entry »
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In this July 14, 2013 photo, Pastor Carl Lentz, center, leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Pastor Carl Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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In this July 14, 2013 photo, Pastor Carl Lentz, center, leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Pastor Carl Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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In this July 14, 2013 photo, Pastor Carl Lentz, center, leads a Hillsong NYC Church service at Irving Plaza in New York. With his half-shaved head, jeans and tattoos, Pastor Carl Lentz doesn't look like the typical religious leader. But with its concert-like atmosphere and appeal to a younger demographic, his congregation, Hillsong NYC, is one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the city. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK (AP) - Carl Lentz is not your typical pastor.
Along with his half shaved head and slicked back Mohawk, he's dressed in his usual Sunday attire: black jeans and an unbuttoned denim shirt with a tank top underneath. His tattooed arms, including one with two guns crossed, peek out from under his rolled-up sleeves.
His Hillsong Church NYC holds at least six sermons every Sunday in a ballroom-style concert venue that has hosted such bands as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. People squeeze into whatever space they can find and take notes on iPhones as Lentz marches across the stage, peppering his sermon with Bible verses, jokes, pop music lines and street slang.
"If you're new to our church, we love you," said the 34-year-old Lentz.
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"I've gotten used to seeing bar stools and club stuff in the place that we have church," Lentz said, adding "that's church to me now."
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Lentz is a hyperactive, self-proclaimed insomniac who would rather stand than sit. His gift for gab lends itself to creating hype for the church. He loves hip-hop music and often calls getting the word of God out "a hustle."
At one service, he broke out Coolio lyrics. At another, he called the biblical Saul the "LeBron James of Judaism. He is an avid basketball fan and player, and is a fixture at New York Knicks games.
Lentz has established himself as his own brand. He has more than 67,000 followers on Twitter and 59,000 on Instagram, where you can find pictures of him standing next to Jay-Z and NBA star Kevin Durant. Justin Bieber posted a picture of himself eating lunch with Lentz, "talking 'bout our savior Jesus Christ."
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Lentz said in a recent sermon.
Lentz declined to discuss same-sex marriage, a polarizing issue that young evangelicals have said in repeated surveys that they do not want to be a focus of church. Many evangelical pastors starting churches in New York avoid addressing the topic from the pulpit, a decision that has drawn criticism from evangelical leaders who consider the issue one of the most important for traditional Bible-believers.
Lentz said he enjoys having critics.
"They give me fuel for the fire," he said.
USA | Hillsong Conference
hillsongconference.com, 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
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