Former Mars Hill Church Pastor Issues Statement of Confession

James Noriega is a former pastor at Mars Hill Church. Today, he posted a public statement on his Facebook page which addressed his time at the church. It does not blame his colleagues or Mark Driscoll but disclosed his feelings about his own approach at the time.Noriega's statement is a reminder that there is more to the concerns about Mars Hill Church than the top leadership. For the people I have sinned against in these ways or in other ways please forgive me; I so am sorry I hurt you. I … [Read more...]

Mars Hill University District Pastor Drew Hensley Clarifies Position

Drew Hensley is one of the nine current pastors at Mars Hill Church that signed the letter calling for Mark Driscoll to step down and enter an elder directed restoration program. He also signed the letter yesterday from lead pastors and Board of Elders.  To clarify his position, he posted a note to the members of the University District group on Mars Hill Church's City website. I want to note that I did not obtain this note from Rev. Hensley. From Pastor Drew Hensley: Mars Hill U-District … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Leaders: Giving is Down Due to “Increase in Negative Media Attention”

Yesterday, Mars Hill executive elders also provided a financial update for members: Financial UpdateWe praise Jesus for his grace and faithfulness in caring for Mars Hill Church for 18 years. In January 2014 the church was in the great financial shape. God continued to be faithful, through your gifts, to also help us end the fiscal year strong this past June. Thank you for your support and service, as many have learned about Jesus and countless lives have been changed by Jesus’ work through … [Read more...]

Victoria Osteen: Don’t do stuff for God (with more video spoofery)

(Scroll down for additional Osteen spoofs)This is all over social media but in case you haven't seen it, watch:Others have added additional goofiness. For instance, Mark Driscoll might just lose it:This one is almost too serious:Osteen might cause a little ruckus at the office:And (probably not) finally:All of a sudden I just feel like singing some worship music:   … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church updates members on Paul Tripp and new additions to Board of Advisors and Accountability

Mars Hill Church posted an update on replacements for the BOAA. As I reported earlier, Matt Rogers is joining the board. In addition Jon Phelps will join the board. I will have more to say about the addition of Mr. Phelps later. In addition, the church was provided the Mars Hill take on Paul Tripps comments.Update on Paul Tripp & The BOAA As we have shared before, Paul Tripp recently resigned his membership from our Board of Advisors and Accountability. To the best of our knowledge at … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Leaders Respond to the Concerns and Critical Information Letter

Earlier this afternoon, current lead pastors and the newly formed Board of Elders (more about that later) sent a response to the congregation. The subject was the document released yesterday titled "Concerns and Critical Information for the Elders of Mars Hill Church" and signed by nine current Mars Hill elders. From Mars Hill Church: Dear Mars Hill,Yesterday, a private document and conversation between all the elders of Mars Hill Church was leaked to the media. Because we, your 16 lead p … [Read more...]

Petition Calls On Mars Hill Church Leaders to Follow the Call of Nine Current Elders (UPDATED)

At, former Mars Hill Church member Dave Lester has posted a petition calling on the remaining current elders to heed the advice contained in the letter posted yesterday written by nine of their peers.When a person signs the petition, an email is delivered to a subset of the current elders which reads:To: Michael van Skaik, Chairman - Mars Hill Church Board Thomas Hurst, Pastor - Mars Hill Church Ed Choi, Pastor - Mars Hill Church Donovan Mediina, Pastor - Mars Hill … [Read more...]

Seattle News Coverage of Mars Hill/Mark Driscoll Saga

After the release of the letter from nine current Mars Hill Church pastors, local Seattle news gave an account of the letter related fallout. One of the pastors, Mark Dunford, an unpaid elder, was relieved of his duties and then reported by the networks there. Below are the video accounts:This is an amazing segment. The reporter located Driscoll's "million dollar home" (it really did cost over a million dollars) and used the intercom to attempt to speak to Driscoll. Driscoll (it … [Read more...]