A Year Ago World Magazine Broke the Mark Driscoll New York Times Best-Seller List Story; Will Hillsong Host His Comeback?

Seems like yesterday that ResultSource and Mars Hill Church's book selling scheme came into the public consciousness. However, it was a year ago today that Warren Smith's article was posted. The next day, I posted the contract signed by Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner and ResultSource CEO Kevin Small that spelled out the arrangements which if followed would lead to a spot on the New York Times best-seller list.While it took several months for Mars Hill Church to unravel, that … [Read more...]

Quest Church Paid 9 Million for Mars Hill Ballard

Wow, Mars Hill Church made $4.2 million on the sale of Mars Hill Ballard to Quest Church.I reported last month that Quest Church purchased the building. The price was revealed yesterday in an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Read that article for the details.That profit should help pay for the severance packages of the executive elders and perhaps give the "independent" churches some seed money.  At least that is one theory about where the money will go. Despite soliciting … [Read more...]

Relevant Magazine Asks What We Can Learn From the Downfall of Mars Hill Church, No Voices From Exiles

Ruth Moon writing for Relevant Magazine interviews Jennifer McKinney, Gerry Breshears, Samuel Rodriguez, Francis Chan, Kate Bowler, and William Vanderbloemen to seek answers to her question.Seems like it all comes down to celebrity and business. Don't worship the pastor and don't make church a business.While those are two important components, I hope there is more to learn than that.Some observations:Breshears is described as Driscoll's mentor from 2000-2010. According to … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Spokesman Justin Dean Gives Advice About Dealing with the Press

Former Mars Hill Church spokesperson offers advice to churches on how to handle the press in his new gig with Ministry Communications Association.He certainly has had experience doing so and it appears he has taken some valuable observations away from his time at Mars Hill.When I read this tip, I thought of the ResultSource New York Times Best Seller list fiasco. If you know press may start poking around about a certain topic, gather your team and come up with approved messaging and b … [Read more...]

Another Former Mars Hill Church Pastor Posts to Repentant Pastor Website

Demonstrating that the fall out from Mars Hill's demise is ongoing, former Mars Hill pastor James Harleman posted an essay of confession on Saturday. It begins:I sat on a bed upstairs in our room at the retreat home, my head in my hands, asking my wife if our lead pastor was fit to be an elder… if the state of his marriage was in a place wherein he needed a sabbatical, and if his verbal evisceration of another elder’s wife – simply for offering a gentle word of counsel – was anything but depl … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll in 2012: Lots Going On With Mars Hill Global

Once upon a time, Mars Hill Church leaders hosted by invitation only "vision breakfasts" for large donors. A former member taped one of the presentation made by Mark Driscoll about the various ministries of the church. This source sent a clip of Driscoll just as he began talking about Mars Hill Global. On May 10, 2012, Driscoll told the crowd: We're seeing a lot going on with Mars Hill Global. Lots of money coming in so we can translate the sermons into Spanish. We've gotten the Doctrine book … [Read more...]

Member of Church Formerly Known as Mars Hill Albuquerque Pens Reflections on Church Closing

Levi MacAllister, also known as Levi the Poet, is a current member of North Church in Albuquerque (formerly Mars Hill Albuquerque). On his blog, he recently penned an open letter to Mark Driscoll and the leadership of the church formerly known as Mars Hill. Levi provided the link in an email along with an apology. You'll understand the apology when you read the letter. Some highlights: I don’t think that “The Rise & Fall Of Mars Hill Church” can be narrowed down to one man. Or three execu … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas Says Driscoll Needs Grace, Never Heard of ResultSource, Buying Best Seller Spot is Wrong but Complicated (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: Christianity Today informed me they stand by the quotes in the article..........................Last night Eric Metaxas briefly addressed his statements in yesterdays Christianity Today's article on the ethics of buying a spot on the New York Times best-seller list.To recap, you can read what Metaxas told CT here and below.Late last night, Metaxas addressed concerns about his statements in the CT by appearing to backpeddled from them. I don't think "buying" one's way … [Read more...]


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