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 Spins the End of Mars Hill Church

Founder of the now-closed Mars Hill Church in Seattle Mark Driscoll showed up on the Life Today Show with Randy Robison and Sheila Walsh last Thursday with a surprising revelation about the end of Mars Hill Church. According to Driscoll, the church folded and he resigned as the culmination of eight years of a struggle with elders over power.To fully appreciate the new revelation, you should watch the show here.  You can read the transcript of the entire show here. Here is a taste: Mark: At … [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...]

Read the Plan of Dissolution for Mars Hill Church

At the end of 2014, Mars Hill Church closed down. Several ends were loose as MHC ceased to hold services. Mark Driscoll had left the church but there was much curiosity about the report prepared by his elders which called on him to step down and enter a plan of restoration. That report was never released.The status of the assets of MHC was also of interest to many members and ex-members. The plan was to distribute the remaining funds and proceeds from sales to 11 MHC video locations that … [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...]

Big Influential Names Gather in Alabama @LeadNet #400Gathering

In other news...Mark Driscoll is speaking at what Ed Stetzer calls "a private meeting of the most influential churches in the country." He tweeted that the meeting is in an undisclosed location but I found it pretty easily (Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL).  The blurb for the next gathering at Saddleback in January, 2017 says: The theme is Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in the New Season, and the event will serve as a forum for leading church Senior and Executive Pastors t … [Read more...]

Things I Learned Today: The Mark Driscoll, Tullian Tchividjian, and Dustin Boles Edition

One, Tullian Tchividjian got remarried sometime over the weekend of 8/26. He has been in Texas and is working on a book.Two, Mark Driscoll is going to speak this month at a Phoenix meeting of the Christian Legal Society. I wonder if the subject of RICO will come up?Three, Dustin Boles is no longer at Acts 29 church Mosaic Church in MS (staff in March, staff now). He is working for something called Alvix Laboratories as of late August.Evangelicals have a put a lot of trust in those gu … [Read more...]