Mars Hill Leaders May Enter Mediation with Group of 20 Former Pastors

There may be some movement on the request from 20 former Mars Hill pastors to mediate differences with current leadership (see links below). However, one of the leaders of the movement has no illusions based on recent events.Kyle Firstenberg recently provided this update on his Facebook page and gave me permission to reprint it. Many months ago, "the 20 elders" sent a letter to the Executive Elders of MHC along with the BOAA requesting mediation for the outstanding issues and unrepentant … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Members Want to Know Why The Orange County Campus Violated Zoning Ordinances in 2012

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On Monday, I established that Mars Hill Church in Orange County violated the city of Santa Ana's zoning law for the better part of a year (2011-2012). In defiance of the city and at the direction of Mars Hill's executive elders, Mars Hill Orange County continued to meet in a building which was not zoned for a church, even paying fines instead of moving to another location, or simply waiting until a suitable location could be found. Then when the church was facing enforcement, Mars Hill's pastor M … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Orange County and the City of Santa Ana: The Church That Didn’t Want to Move

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UPDATE (8/15/14) - A reader let me know that the video update from Mark Driscoll to the church was made private by Mars Hill Church. The transcript is below but the church removed the video. I have edited the video to provide the relevant segment.............(original post begins here)In May 2012, there was a stand off between the City of Santa Ana and the Orange County campus of Mars Hill Church. At the time, Mars Hill was meeting in a concert venue known as The Galaxy (now called The … [Read more...]

Two Weeks: No Answer from Mars Hill Leaders to 20 Former Mars Hill Pastors Who Want Mediation

Two weeks ago, twenty former Mars Hill pastors, led by Dave Kraft and Kyle Firstenberg requested mediation with the Board of Advisors and Accountability of Mars Hill Church. As of this writing, no answer has come from the BOAA.Ten days later, the BOAA issued a letter to Mars Hill leaders saying the board was "hungry for reconciliation" but did not mention the initiative by the 20 pastors. Two weeks later, the BOAA is apparently not hungry enough to address the people who are calling for a … [Read more...]

The Mars Hill Orange County Discrimination Narrative: The Rest of the Story?

In June 2012, Mark Driscoll told the media and his church that Mars Hill Orange County might be the victim of religious discrimination because the city of Santa Ana said the church was in violation of the city's zoning ordinance. According to the OC Weekly via a Mars Hill video, the church was lawyering up: Driscoll said the church has hired lawyers to look into the matter, and "if we do find that we're just getting bullied by a political discriminatory agenda against Christianity and the c … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Pastors Repent at New Website

A new website devoted to repentance among former Mars Hill leaders has opened up at Repentantpastor.com. Repentant Pastor is about: We built this site to provide a safe place in which we can confess our sin and share the stories and experiences we had while serving and attending Mars Hill Church. Our hope is to bring about repentance for ourselves and reconciliation with people whom we have hurt. If you are one of those people please connect with us personally through email. You can also … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Pastor: Mars Hill Leaders Ordered Violation of City Ordinances

I will have more to say about these posts later but for now, I want to provide the links to Kyle Firstenberg's posts where he details his charges against Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner.Letter to Board of Advisors and AccountabilityCharges Against Mars Hill Executive PastorsThere is much here but one surprising charge is that the Mars Hill leadership knew the Mars Hill Orange County church was out of compliance with the law but told the pastors there not to move, even authorizing the … [Read more...]

Former Executive Pastor Repents for Culture of Fear at Mars Hill Church

Kyle Firstenberg was a long time member at Mars Hill in Seattle and former executive pastor at Mars Hill Orange County (CA). In the Mars Hill system, the executive pastor is responsible for the operations of a church. The counterpart at Mars Hill headquarters is Sutton Turner. Earlier this month, Firstenberg spoke with me about the Mars Hill non-disclosure agreement and, along with Dave Kraft, Firstenberg is leading the 20 former Mars Hill pastors who have requested mediation with Mark Driscoll … [Read more...]


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