Former Mars Hill Church Elder Disputes Mark Driscoll’s Account of Church Demise

On April 6, Mars Hill Church founder Mark Driscoll claimed to Randy Robison and Sheila Walsh on the Life Today TV show that he left Mars Hill Church over a "governance" conflict which lasted eight years. At the time, I surveyed former Mars Hill Church elders and not one of them remembered it that way. Now another Mars Hill elder has spoken out in response to Driscoll's claim. Yesterday, former elder Mike Wilkerson said on Matt Carter's podcast, Break it Down, that the reason Mars Hill ended was … [Read more...]

From the Archives: Mars Hill Church Elders Post Letter of Confession to Bent Meyer and Paul Petry

Recently, current pastor of The Trinity Church in Phoenix and former pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle Mark Driscoll told Sheila Walsh and Randy Robison that Mars Hill Church ended due to a church governance dispute which lasted eight years. Driscoll added: We had a governance war at the church that went eight years behind the scenes over who is in charge and how things play out. At the end we had 67 elders in 15 locations in five states, a large percentage of whom I had never met. They … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Recycling Ministry

This came in the mail:This is a recycled version of the Set Free to Live Free Campaign financed by Mars Hill Church in 2013. Naturally, Driscoll kept his intellectual property but apparently he got all of the other materials produced by the church (study guide¬†written by church staff) and purchased by the church from Docent Research (the 75,000 word academic research brief) as well. Note that the beneficiary of these donations is Mark Driscoll Ministries and not The Trinity … [Read more...]

For Those Interested in Mars Hill Church History, Wenatchee the Hatchet Has Organized Some Links. A Former Elder’s Wife Speaks Out

For Mars Hill history buffs, Wenatchee the Hatchet has done a service for you. Go check out his post with links tagged and organized topically.Also, wife of a former elder Jen Smidt has spoken out about her experiences at Mars Hill. According to Jen, she once said something Sutton Turner didn't like and the next day Turner rebuked her husband for it.WtH has a lengthy account and analysis which I won't try to compete with.It occurred to me recently that a final accounting of Mars Hill … [Read more...]

Note to Mark Driscoll: Racism Doesn’t Evolve from Evolution

See updates at the end...Although he doesn't believe in Malthusian eugenics now, Mark Driscoll told his The Trinity Church audience on Sunday that he once did. Watch:Transcript: Some would say, Pastor Mark, I disagree with you. Let me speak to you very personally. You're wrong. You're wrong. Now I know you're not supposed to say it like that, but if you don't say it like that, people are confused, so let me make it clear.I started in a home, my parents were um, Irish Catholic, … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Contradicts His Wise Counselor and Governing Board Member Robert Morris Regarding Tithing

Is there trouble in paradise?Watch (and read about) Mark Driscoll talk about tithing and first fruits.As of now, Robert Morris provides wise counsel and is on the governing board of Driscoll's The Trinity Church. Morris believes not tithing to the church is like stealing from God and will lead to the non-tither being cursed. He considers his Blessed Life teaching on tithing to be critical to the Christian life.Driscoll says on this video is that there is no particular percentage … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll: Worship God with Your Wallet to Put Content on My Website

Yesterday, Mark Driscoll continued his Jonah sermon series at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale AZ. The series is interesting and has provides some additional tidbits of information for those interested in the implosion of Mars Hill Church. I will get to that in future posts. For now, I want to point out a new innovation for The Trinity Church, or at least it seems different than how Mars Hill did it.Yesterday, Driscoll exhorted his new flock to "worship God with our wallet, we'll give unto … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Launches The Trinity Church (VIDEO)

Our roving reporter Deana Holmes tells me that 162 cars were in the parking lot for today's launch of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale AZ (170 for the second service). Security was on hand along with a television crew from Seattle's King 5 (Scroll to the bottom for the video segment). ¬†Apparently, they still remember the former Mars Hill Church pastor.The worship team was provided courtesy of Amarillo, TX church Trinity Fellowship. Kind of a theme.Driscoll was pastor of Mars Hill Church … [Read more...]