The Mars Hill Church Mailing List Was Being Distributed By…John Doe?

Not really, but that was the name given to register Churchleaderslist.com. You'll remember that churchleaderslist.com was the website used to offer Mars Hill Church's The Resurgence mailing list to the public. Churchleaderslist.com was pulled from the web and from twitter after it was learned that the list still belonged to Mars Hill Church. Craig Gross who purchased and used the list told Christianity Today that former Mars Hill Church spokesperson Justin Dean had sold him the list and then … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Website Gets a Makeover; Learning for Living Becomes Mark Driscoll Ministries

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UPDATE: See the update below...The comeback appears to be percolating.Mark Driscoll's "admin" sent out an email today with news of a revamped website and a new "application-pending registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization" -- Mark Driscoll Ministries. Mark Driscoll Ministries has the same address as Living for Learning, the other "application-pending registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization" described on the former version of his website. The new Mark Driscoll Ministries has the same … [Read more...]

Who Runs Mars Hill Church? An Update

When Mars Hill Church closed the doors for the last service, the corporation Mars Hill Church did not cease. However, it has never been clear who remained in charge of the organization on a day to day basis. By by-law, the church's Board of Advisors and Accountability has the power to create a plan of dissolution but the church has not disclosed who remained on that board. While I don't know all involved in that capacity, I do know now who is the president of the church. Also, one person often … [Read more...]

How Did Church Leaders List Get Mars Hill Church’s Email List?

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Initially, the story of Craig Gross buying an email list from Church Leaders List seemed like a marketing story gone sideways. However, there appears to be much more to the matter.At the end of Christianity Today's article on this, Bob Smietana wrote: On Tuesday, Dean apologized for his part in the drama over the list. He admitted that he’d been involved the initial sale of the list to churchleaderlist.com (screen cap of page now removed from the web). Now Justin Dean's website is down (an … [Read more...]

UK Evangelical Blog Calls for Forgiveness for Mark Driscoll

Sunday, Threads, a young looking UK evangelical blog, posted a call from Alex Willmott for people everywhere to forgive Mark Driscoll.Mr. Willmott wants forgiveness for something he did so he naturally thought of Mark Driscoll. Or something like that.It is pretty funny actually. To wit: Time to make some enemies now. Mark Driscoll. He brought the Bible to life for millions of people. He said some really important things. He then said some really stupid things. He caused a lot of hurt. … [Read more...]

Craig Gross and Justin Dean Speak about The Mars Hill/Resurgence Mailing List Story

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UPDATE: Just a bit ago, Craig Gross updated his post with the following information: I asked the lawyer that was in charge selling the assets for 100k earlier in 2014 and he said that no one has purchased the rights to sell these assets yet That lawyer is Steven Goodspeed and Gross is referring to this information about the sale of The Resurgence website and related email lists. If these assets have not been purchased, then how did Church Leaders List get the email list?UPDATE 2: Wenatchee … [Read more...]

Anti-Porn Ministry Buys Mailing List; Turns Out It Includes Mars Hill Church’s The Resurgence Emails

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UPDATE: It appears that the website used to purchase the list is now down and went down after Craig Gross pointed out where he got the list. I have a screen cap of it and it still exists on Google's cache. The website does not identify the mailing list as being The Resurgence's list. It seems Craig Gross didn't know what he was getting into when he purchased the list at the recommendation of Justin Dean. I am wondering how Church Leaders List (which is now gone from Twitter -- see the cache -- … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Churches Continue Support for Ethiopian Pastors

According to Erik Laursen, executive director of the New Covenant Foundation, two former Mars Hill Churches, Foundation Church (Mars Hill Everett) and Trinity West Seattle (Mars Hill West Seattle), have pledged to continue the support of Ethiopian pastors once funded by Mars Hill Church.Trinity West Seattle's pastor David Fairchild told me via email that the legacy churches hope to pick up support for all 40 Ethiopian pastors. He said, "Trinity is initially picking up 10 pastors/evangelists t … [Read more...]


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