A 2008 Caution About Mark Driscoll From Australia


Martin S.* is a Presbyterian pastor from Australia who attended a training put on by Acts 29 and Mark Driscoll in 2006. In response he wrote an article with a polite but clear warning about Driscoll to his fellow Presbyterian pastors. Given some of the charges, and discussion about eldership at Mars Hill, I thought this would be an revealing item to review. The article became a letter to the editor of the Australian Presbyterian magazine (Sept. 2008). Start reading at Uncultured … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Women’s Ministry Leader Discusses Her Time at the Church

Becky Garrison has a solid interview of Wendy Alsup posted at Faithstreet.Alsup discusses Mars Hill as a cult of personality and provides insight into the 2007-2008 period when she decided to leave.Go check out the entire interview.  … [Read more...]

Citing Church Finances and Personal Attacks, Sutton Turner Resigns Position at Mars Hill Church (UPDATED)

Recently, Sutton Turner deleted the Mars Hill Church information from his Twitter profile as well as most of his past tweets. His Linked In profile went private.An announcement may be coming yet today. Reportedly, an announcement has been made internally. Reports are that Turner will no longer be an executive elder or staff.If the reports are accurate, it will be interesting to learn if the severance situation is like the other pastors.In 2012, Turner offered a blunt assessment of … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Pastor Asks and Answers: Should I Continue to Tithe?

Right now, I suspect the remaining Mars Hill Church pastors are living in tension. One tension is how to ask people to give money when there are obvious problems and lack of transparency. I wouldn't want to be in that position. One such pastor is Brian Stoddard, a non-staff pastor at Mars Hill Sammamish. I have obtained a message he posted September 16th on Mars Hill's social media website, The City where Stoddard asks and answers the question: Should I Continue to Tithe? From Pastor Brian … [Read more...]

Megachurch Methods: Mark Driscoll’s Content Management System


Subtitle: Pastor Mark is a Spurgeon for our time.Most people realize by now that Mark Driscoll and perhaps most megachurch pastors use research help in order to write their books, blogs and columns. Even though the celebrity pastor's name is on the label, several other writers have been involved in the finished product. When Driscoll issued a statement about plagiarism in his study guide on I & II Peter, he faulted his "content development process." To many, the statement, which included … [Read more...]

Seattle Weekly on The Reckoning of Mars Hill Church

Nina Shapiro, writing for Seattle Weekly, has penned an intriguing article filled with interviews of former Mars Hill members.  Shapiro was invited to a Wednesday night meeting where many ex-Mars Hill members and attenders gather to find community.Here is a taste:For those here tonight, the downfall has been long coming. Many left years ago, some voluntarily, others after being ousted. And yet the scars seem fresh, the effect lasting. “Some of us were abused and ostracized,” Thoen cont … [Read more...]

Lots of Similar Retweets on the Mars Hill Letter to the Editor


A letter to the editor was published in the Seattle Times in defense of Mars Hill today. My point now is not to discuss or debate the contents of the letter; regular readers should be able to see the factual problems. I am glad the Times prints letter with a variety of opinions. Discuss it if you want in the comments.What seems odd is what was happening on Twitter with the link. Many of the accounts don't appear to be legit or at least they seem suspicious. Note the repetitive nature of them … [Read more...]

Rob Asghar at Forbes on Mars Hill Church: The Enron of American Churches

Forbes' contributor Rob Asghar takes no prisoners in his articles today on Mars Hill Church.The first titled, "Mars Hill: Cautionary Tales From The Enron Of American Churches" analyzes the situation from the perspective of toxic leadership, and the second titled, "How Toxic Followers Enable Toxic Leaders" takes a hard look at the precursors to the recent decline at Mars Hill Church and wonders why so many missed the signs.While hindsight has a distinct advantage over prophecy, Asghar … [Read more...]