What now Mars Hill? What will the season of severance be like?

Now that Mark Driscoll has resigned, it is natural to wonder what happens next at Mars Hill Church.SuccessionIn the summer of 2012, the church leadership considered what might happen in case Driscoll could not continue as pastor. While it is not clear if this plan was adopted, it was proposed that Dave Bruskas take over as preaching pastor and the Board of Advisors and Accountability make a decision to either hire a replacement for Driscoll or give more autonomy to the lead pastors at … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church (UPDATED)

UPDATES: See updates at the end of this post. This was just posted on Mars Hill's The City and Mars Hill's website:Pastor Mark Driscoll's Resignation Mars Hill Church From Mars Hill Church: On Tuesday, October 14, Pastor Mark Driscoll submitted his resignation as an elder and lead pastor of Mars Hill Church. The Board of Overseers has accepted that resignation and is moving forward with planning for pastoral transition, recognizing the challenge of such a task in a church that has only … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Pastors Announce the Formation of Redemption Church in Seattle

Ryan Kearns and Drew Hensley, two of the nine pastors who called on Mark Driscoll to enter a elder supervised restoration plan, are starting a new church in Seattle. Earlier today, Kearned tweeted an announcement of the formation of Redemption Church. A New Church Family Forming In North SeattleOur hope for Redemption Church is that we would be a tangible place where people see the grace of God lived out in the life of his people. That as we make disciples and love each other, our city … [Read more...]

Amid the Mars Hill Church Controversies, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Goes Quiet, Purges Website


I don't understand the approach of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to the controversies surrounding Mars Hill Church.Two petitions signed by hundreds¬†have called on the ECFA to address financial accountability at Mars Hill Church. Numerous people, including many former and current Mars Hill members and donors, have written the ECFA asking for answers regarding Mars Hill's Global Fund. I have written several emails requesting on the record comments about Mars Hill. … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Leaders Have Records of Donations to a Fund They Now Say Didn’t Exist

Via spokesman Justin Dean, Mars Hill Church is now claiming that the Global Fund was not a fund after 2012. If that is true, then how is this letter from former executive pastor Sutton Turner to be understood?Sutton Turner wrote: Our records indicate that you have donated to the "Global Fund" since ____ 2012. According to the church, six thousand of these letters were sent to people who donated money to the Global Fund. However, if, as Justin Dean said, there was no Global Fund after … [Read more...]

Why Did Mars Hill Tacoma and Everett Wait Until 2014 to Thank Mars Hill Global?

In light of the memo I posted on October 1 and yesterday's post, I now have a workable theory about why Mars Hill location pastors waited until after May 2014 to acknowledge publicly the money they received from Mars Hill Global.Here is what the memo said about how Global Fund donations would be spent: Global Focus The vision and activities connected to the Global Fund must focus on reaching the worldwide church. As a¬†person sits in front of his computer in Qatar, London, Cape Town, or … [Read more...]

When a Fund Isn’t a Fund: Mars Hill Church Tells Another Mars Hill Global Fund Story

Today's Mars Hill lesson: Global doesn't mean global, and Fund doesn't mean fund.Late last week (Oct. 8-9), a reader, Alex Terry, contacted Mars Hill spokesman Justin Dean with questions about the Global Fund. Alex asked Dean about the legitimacy of the November 2011 memo I posted on October 1 which called on Mars Hill Church to engage in "highly visible" mission projects as a way to fund other Mars Hill non-missions projects. Dean responded and Alex alerted me to the conversation and wanted … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Ballard Building For Sale

Mars Hill Ballard is also for sale.@wthrockmorton Mars Hill Ballard is for sale as well. http://t.co/YHY8pgW7qY— Shawn Nickerson (@shawnpnickerson) October 12, 2014Earlier, I reported that Mars Hill Sammamish is on the market. The tweet above links to a listing for Mars Hill Ballard.Tomorrow is the first day of the planned combination of Mars Hill University District (also for sale, although I have heard it sold), and Mars Hill Downtown with Mars Hill Ballard. They will be … [Read more...]