John Piper on Lessons Learned from the Mark Driscoll Controversy; ECFA, Are You Listening?

In an audio presentation out today, John Piper doesn't regret partnering with Mark Driscoll but does see some of the problems identified by Mars Hill's elders. In this audio, Piper briefly admits that he could have done more to help. He also says that perhaps pulling Driscoll's book from sale, as Lifeway has done, is a defensible temporary response to the controversy. I can't get the embed code to work so click the link for the audio)Most of the audio is about lessons learned. Piper … [Read more...]

Mars Hill’s Compensation Process and ECFA Guidelines

Recently, Wenatchee the Hatchet posted a memo from Sutton Turner regarding Mark Driscoll's salary recommendations. In the August 2012 memo, Turner wrote: I would like to put forth a recommendation to raise Pastor Mark Driscoll’s salary to$650,000 for financial year 2013 based on the following: Turner then made a case to the compensation committee for Driscoll to receive a substantial raise for FY 2013. He also indicated in the memo that he was the only person outside of the compensation c … [Read more...]

Mars Hill’s Non-Disparagement Clause, the Attorney General, and Blowing Whistles in ECFA Organizations

For a long time, Mars Hill Church used non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses to keep departing staff and pastors quiet about problems at the church. As it turns out, the church might have been violating Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability guidance in yet another way by the used of what former pastor Dave Kraft called a "gag order." The ECFA provides a template for a church whistleblower policy. If the guidance in this policy (and elsewhere) is observed, whistleblowing should … [Read more...]

ECFA Guidance: a Year’s Severance Pay is “Highly Unusual”

I reported yesterday that the terms of Mark Driscoll's arrangement with the church upon termination that I have seen involve the provision of base salary and benefits for a year. If indeed these are the arrangements in force, then the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability may have yet another reason to review Mars Hill Church's practices. According to an article on church employees and severance pay on the ECFA website, a year's severance is "highly unusual." How Much Severance Pay … [Read more...]

Petition Asks Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to Suspend Mars Hill Church

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A petition posted today "Mars Hill Church - Walk in the Light" at Change.org asks the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to suspend the membership of Mars Hill Church. The petition specifically points to a memo on Mars Hill's Global Fund which planned to use "highly visible" mission projects as a draw to gain donations which were mostly used to support Mars Hill's expansion and current expense spending. Very little actually went to missions according to the church, although Mars … [Read more...]

Current Mars Hill Pastors Express Concerns About Issues Covered By ECFA Guidelines

In the letter released today by nine current Mars Hill pastors (actually one former pastor, and 8 current; one was let go today - more on that later today), the pastors referenced concerns about the handling of the Mars Hill Global Fund, among several other issues of transparency. ...there is no dearth of examples in the last two years of very questionable transparency and truth-telling, including the Mars Hill Global Fund, Result-Source, Strange Fire, ghost-writing/plagiarism, explanations for … [Read more...]

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in Communication with Mars Hill Church

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is "in communication" with Mars Hill Church amid questions about the Mars Hill Global fund.Recently, Michael Martin, Legal Counsel and Director of Member Services told a questioner via email: We are aware of the issues you mention and are in communication with leaders of Mars Hill concerning matters which relate to ECFA standards. The questioner informed the ECFA that Mars Hill Global has been raising money under the heading of "Mars … [Read more...]

Megachurch Methods: Apparently Mars Hill Global Money Can Be Spent Anywhere

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Those in charge of Mars Hill Global seem to agree with me that Mars Hill Global is really Mars Hill Church.Last week, I posted a 2011 document about the rebranding of Mars Hill Global (among other things, "cultivate an international audience and giving base") and a slide showing the dramatic rise in giving on behalf of the MH Global brand. After those posts appeared, a sentence was added to the website description of MH Global: Mars Hill Global has the same mission as Mars Hill Church - ev … [Read more...]


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