Kent Dobson Leaving Mars Hill

This was announced last week but I thought I’d let it settle down and then notify the readers that Kent Dobson is leaving Mars Hill, and here’s a news report from MLive.

GRANDVILLE, MI – Rob Bell’s successor at Mars Hill Bible Church is stepping down, with no clear plan for what to do next.

Kent Dobson announced Sunday, Nov. 22, he will leave his role as teaching pastor of the megachurch in the spring. There’s no “secret reason” for his departure, he said, and it’s not that Mars Hill isn’t progressive enough for him.

Rather, “being a pastor at a church is not really who I am,” Dobson told the church. You can watch his announcement here.

“I have always been and I’m still drawn to the very edges of religion and faith and God,” Dobson said. “I’ve said a few times that I don’t even know if we know what we mean by God anymore. That’s the edges of faith. That’s the thing that pulls me. I’m not really drawn to the center. I’m not drawn to the orthodox or the mainstream or the status quo.

“And I think all churches have to have a center. It helps them define who they are, but I’m always wandering out to the edge and beyond.”

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.