Transcript for Who is the pastor mentoring Justin Bieber and Kyrie Irving?
weekend, Lara. To our "Gma" cover story taking a closer look at hillsong church and the powerhouse preacher that celebrities like Justin Bieber and famous athletes like kyrie Irving, well, they're close to this preacher. Bieber recently canceled his tour and now there are questions about how much the pastor may be influencing major decisions and ABC's Chris Connelly joins us from L.A. Good morning, robin. Founded in Australia, hillsong a church with congregations all over the globe. The music and its message drawing flocks of younger followers, among those some well-known figures whose affinity for the band who is sometimes called the rock star pastor is shining a spotlight on him and his church. Meet 38-year-old Carl Lentz pastor of the New York City outpost of hillsong church. We always figure we'll reach everybody here we say from the faceless to the famous. Pastor Carl Lentz kind of makes christianity cool. He has a ton of tattoos. He rocks ripped jeans and leather and if you go to any of his services, they are like rock concerts. % He's a charismatic preacher leading millennial congregations through up tempo services and linked by tmentz to not one but two controversial career choices by high-profile performers. The website saying Justin Bieber's canceling the last day of his tour came after long talks with Lentz said to be a trusted spiritual adviser. We heard from sources that it was because he was exhausted and he just really wanted to focus on himself and was spending time with his church friends and his pastor and focusing on his spirituality. Reporter: A source from hillsong telling "People" magazine about Bieber attending church is now he finds his energy and focus again. Bieber's been a strong supporter of both Lentz and hillsong showing his devotion at this rally in Australia two weeks ago. ??? Reporter: And during this hillsong interview. I just want to love Carl more. Reporter: It was Lentz reported to have counseled against Bieber's leaving the road while urpging the biebs to follow his own heart while he welcomed Kendall and kylie Jenner. He is a ex-college hoopster long ministered to NBA players one-on-one posing with them on Instagram sending messages of spiritual uplift saying I understand the athlete psyche. Now TMZ says kyrie Irving huddled with Lentz before making his shocking demand to be traded away from Lebron James and the Cleveland cavaliers. No one is saying Lentz told Irving to leave the Cavs. Meanwhile, Bieber was leaving a different church's service Wednesday night in L.A. When the "Despacito" singer's pickup took down a Paparazzi. If you could give us space. Reporter: Bieber remaining at the site until medics arrive not charged in the incident. Spoke to in 2015 praised his positivity and supportive approach. Lentz saying he likes to tell players, use basketball, don't let basketball use you. George. That's good advice right there. Okay, Chris, thanks very much.
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