ECFA Tells World Magazine Mars Hill Global In Compliance With Guidelines; Purges Another Page From Website

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Yesterday, prior to Mark Driscoll's resignation announcement, Warren Smith posted an article at World magazine which summarizes many of the controversies surrounding Mars Hill Church.  In it, Smith tells of statements made by Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability about Mars Hill. The ECFA’s Dan Busby told me in July that his group reviewed Mars Hill Global and found it to be in compliance with ECFA standards. In September, a week after Driscoll announced hi … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Calling for More Transparency from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

Rob Smith continues to raise questions for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. In a column this morning, Smith asks: Why is ECFA certifying churches without requiring the same public disclosure as non-churches?While Smith believes the government should not insist on wider disclosure, he believes the ECFA should insist on a similar level of disclosure from the organizations who are accredited by the organization. Lack of transparency should be a red flag about the church and … [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...]

Rob Smith: Where is the credibility of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability?

At Musings from Under the Bus this morning, Rob Smith asks, "Where is the credibility of ECFA?" Also, Smith wonders: One has to wonder what type of financial scandal has to become public before ECFA decides that it will no longer give its once esteemed stamp of approval to Mars Hill Church. I wonder the same thing and have written about the benefit of ECFA to donors. I don't see how there is much benefit when organizations can shield their activities from member and public scrutiny and still … [Read more...]

Paul Tripp’s Resignation from the Board of Mars Hill Church Calls Into Question ECFA Standards on Governance

In March 2014, Mars Hill Church's Board of Advisors and Accountability issued a statement regarding the church and Mark Driscoll. One area covered was church governance changes made in 2007.  Here is that statement:CHANGES TO GOVERNANCE For many years Mars Hill Church was led by a board of Elders, most of whom were in a vocational relationship with the church and thus not able to provide optimal objectivity. To eliminate conflicts of interest and set the church’s future on the best possible … [Read more...]

Former Staffer Says That Mars Hill Church’s Global Fund Was Restricted

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A week ago, I posted an anonymous statement from a former staff member in the central office at Mars Hill Church. Today, I can offer you another statement from the same staffer. I received this quote from Rachel Macor, a former staffer in Mars Hill finance department.  Here is her quote.I believe that Mars Hill leadership knew from the start that donations to the Global Fund were restricted and could not be used for unrestricted purposes. In fact, there was a separate account for Global in th … [Read more...]

Does Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Benefit Donors?

The mission statement of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is "Enhancing Trust in Christ-Centered Churches and Ministries." A primary means of pursuing their mission is through promotion of their seven standards of stewardship. The ECFA website states that the standards are "are fundamental to operating with integrity." The ECFA tells the public that organizations who voluntarily agree to adhere to the standards "must comply with all of the standards, all of the time."But … [Read more...]


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