Research for Mark Driscoll’s Delayed Book — The Problem with Christianity — Available to the Masses

This is an interesting development.The research which formed the foundation for Mark Driscoll's now postponed book, The Problem with Christianity has now been made available for free download on the Mars Hill Church website.The way the description of the research report closes makes me wonder if Driscoll is going to release his book: Our hope is this valuable research can be helpful for you as you prepare content such as sermons, books, or blog posts. When he took his six week "focus … [Read more...]

Soma’s Jeff Vanderstelt Answers Some Questions Regarding Mars Hill Bellevue Transition

Last week, I asked Nick Laparra several questions about the transition from Mars Hill Bellevue to Bellevue Soma (or Soma Bellvue). Laparra just emailed to say that many of those questions have been answered in an open letter, which I am reproducing here. Jeff Vanderstelt, the Soma pastor tapped to possibly take on the preaching duties at Bellevue, wrote on the Soma website: In light of the recent announcement that I am considering replanting a new church out of Mars Hill Bellevue which will … [Read more...]

Bellevue Church Elders Choose Jeff Vanderstelt To Be Teaching Pastor

The elders of Mars Hill Bellevue, soon to be doing business as Bellevue Church (or will the church be called Soma Bellevue?), have decided on Jeff Vanderstelt as their teaching pastor.They are meeting now with the congregation to discuss the call to Vanderstelt. The elders believe he is the guy but they are asking the church to pray about it before a decision is made. Is this a hint that the congregation will have a vote? Stay tuned. The note to the church is below and the letter describing … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church 2011 and 2012 Executive Compensation Studies

Yesterday in a blog post on the church website, Mars Hill Church described again how they set executive salaries. Mars Hill Church utilizes external salary surveys for large churches from two sources for determining it’s staff salaries, and an independent compensation study for our executives. Executive salaries also undergo a separate, additional independent third party review of appropriate salary setting procedures, accuracy and internal payroll controls.None of the Executive Elders set t … [Read more...]

Washington Attorney General’s Office Responds to Complaints About Mars Hill Church

An unknown number of people have filed complaints with the Washington Attorney General's office regarding various aspects of Mars Hill Church's financial dealings. Two of them forwarded the responses received from the office. The first one describes an informal and voluntary process to bring together the consumer and the church. The second response gives no hint about the existence of an investigation. The first response describes a time frame for Mars Hill to reply to the AG's office.Bob … [Read more...]

Legal Fund Created to Address Grievances Against Mars Hill Church

Former Mars Hill Church deacon Rob Smith has created a GoFundMe account to fund legal action, if necessary, to address grievances against Mars Hill Church.  The grievances primarily involve the Global Fund and non-disclosure clauses signed by former employees. Despite many appeals to Mars Hill Church leadership to address several grievances, it now appears that it will be necessary to take legal action to see that these greivances are addressed. Donors, ex-members and members are preparing to pu … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Posts Financial Audit and Information About Salaries and Global Fund

Just a bit ago, Mars Hill Church posted their financial audit and a blog post about various financial questions. Probably the most interesting post is the one which provides the church's view of salaries and Global Fund. Here it is: Today we posted our most recent Financial Audit. As we have done for years, this information is available for you to review at the bottom of our stewardship page. As questions have arisen this past year around executive compensation and what we have traditionally c … [Read more...]

John Catanzaro’s Naturopath License Suspended, Can Apply for Reinstatement in January 2015

The naturopath that Mark Driscoll called his physician can apply for license reinstatement when his suspension ends in January 2015. The order was announced by the Washington Department of Health yesterday and was the subject of a Seattle Times article posted last night. Marqise Allen, Communications Office  360-236-4072Kelly Stowe, Communications Office         360-236-4022 Snohomish County naturopath reaches settlement with state health officials OLYMPIA -- Snohomish County Naturopathic … [Read more...]


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