Crosscut on Mars Hill Church’s Recent Problems

Reporter Stacie Solie has a dark view of Mars Hill Church's recent problems in today's online edition of Crosscut, a Seattle area news and information website.The first paragraph provides a taste: There are emerging stories of sensational kangaroo courts and "sex demon" trials, like something out of the Salem witch hunts of the 1600s. Even more devastating to individual members are the ways in which they are shamed, taught to blame themselves and each other when they see problems, and to … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church’s International Mission Ministry: Mars Hill Global

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Subtitle: How Long Until These Pages Are Scrubbed?Sometime in 2012, the focus of Mars Hill Global became solidly on Global being the way Mars Hill Church did international missions. Do Mars Hill Church leaders still consider Mars Hill Global to be their international missions outreach? Despite the elimination of the Global Fund, the Mars Hill website still indicates that Mars Hill Global is the way Mars Hill Church supports international missions.For instance, look at the current FAQ p … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Scrubs Three Mars Hill Global Videos

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UPDATE: Mars Hill claimed a copyright violation against the videos embedded below which resulted in them being removed from YouTube.I'm not sure what to make of it but Mars Hill Church has made three videos private which were once featured on their Mars Hill Global You Tube channel. Two of them feature Pastor Mark Driscoll (in mid-2012) and in the other one, Pastor Sutton Turner (Jan. 2013) asks Mars Hill members for money to support Ethiopian church planting efforts (for a short time, you … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Member Wants Accounting of Global Fund Donations

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In late June, Mars Hill Church admitted that leaders took money designated for the church's Global Fund and funneled those donations into their General Fund. On July 1, the church's website disclosed that "the preponderance of expenses" were allocated to "church plants and replants in the U.S." as opposed to mission efforts in India and Ethiopia. The church plants were Mars Hill Church branches  in the United States.Then in their July 11 newsletter, Mars Hill briefly addressed a petition at … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Says A Little More But Not Enough About the Global Fund Changes

In this week's email newsletter to members (dated 7/11/14), Mars Hill Church leaders mentioned the Change.org petition asking for financial accountability regarding the former Mars Hill Global Fund. Mars Hill has now admitted that money given to the Global Fund actually went in the church's General Fund and mostly was spent on expanding Mars Hill video sites. Despite the fact that Mars Hill leaders admit there was a separate fund, they are requiring donors to contact the church and specifically … [Read more...]

With Questions Unanswered, Mars Hill Church Keeps On Pushing Mars Hill Global

Last week, Mars Hill Church admitted that they had caused confusion regarding donations to the Mars Hill Global Fund. While answering some questions, they left some unanswered. One big question: How much money was actually spent on Ethiopian and Indian evangelists between 2012 and 2014? Mars Hill offered to direct donations made to the Global Fund to mission purposes if requested. However, I wonder how most donors will ever know they are doing that. How many former/current members who donated to … [Read more...]

Zach Bolen Says Citizens Will Go On; New Album Coming Soon

The fate of the most popular band at Mars Hill, Citizens, has been in some doubt since front man Zach Bolen resigned as an elder at Mars Hill.A bit ago, Bolen tweeted an assurance that the band will continue:Been a lot of speculation out there on the future of @MHM_Citizens since my resignation from Mars Hill. Band will DEFINITELY continue....— Zach Bolen (@zachbolen) July 7, 2014...and that a new album is coming soon......New album coming very soon.— Zach Bolen … [Read more...]

University of Washington Public Radio Station to Air Segment on Mars Hill Church

UPDATE (7/7/14): You can listen to the segment here.Tomorrow the University of Washington Public Radio program The Record will air a segment on Mars Hill Church. The broadcast is on 94.9 KUOW-FM Seattle from Noon-2pm pacific time.According to the show webpage, the podcast will be available by 5pm on the site.  I was interviewed for the program as were some people who are a part of Mars Hill in exile (former members). I don't know if they interviewed anyone currently involved at the … [Read more...]


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