Megachurch Methods: Preaching for Profit

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Many people have commented on the memo from Sutton Turner recommending a $650k salary for Mark Driscoll in 2013. However, beyond the extravagance of the salary, something else caught my eye:In this memo, Sutton Turner pulled back the curtain to a megachurch universe few of us will ever know. In doing so, he disclosed something of the ministry practices of Board Members of the Association of Related Churches. Apparently being a lead pastor at a megachurch is a platform for celebrity … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Rocks the Gateway Conference

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Didn't take long.At his Gateway Conference, Robert Morris invited Driscoll on stage for a brief talk. Video below. Since someone's already been crucified for him, let's restore him with a spirit of gentleness @PsRobertMorris introing Mark Driscoll #GC14— CharlesCampbell (@charl3scampbell) October 21, 2014 Click here to read the transcript of the Morris and Driscoll.Supply caption here.Don't know what to think about Driscoll's stories. If true, I hope the ro … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Board of Elders: Mark Driscoll Resigned Instead of Entering a Restoration Plan

This morning in all Mars Hill Church locations, a statement from the Board of Elders was read to the congregation by the lead pastors. The BoE was given the task to investigate the charges against Mark Driscoll which were lodged by 21 former elders and a group of private witnesses. The BoE's report was referenced by the BoAA in their statement accepting Mark Driscoll's resignation. Driscoll submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and the BoAA issued a statement on Oct. 15. It … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Resignation: What is the Real Story?

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On Wednesday, Mars Hill Church let the world know that Mark Driscoll submitted a letter of resignation the day before. According to Driscoll, he stepped down because he was being divisive. Specifically, he said:Other issues, such as aspects of my personality and leadership style, have proven to be divisive within the Mars Hill context, and I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission to lead people to a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Ch … [Read more...]

ECFA Guidance: a Year’s Severance Pay is “Highly Unusual”

I reported yesterday that the terms of Mark Driscoll's arrangement with the church upon termination that I have seen involve the provision of base salary and benefits for a year. If indeed these are the arrangements in force, then the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability may have yet another reason to review Mars Hill Church's practices. According to an article on church employees and severance pay on the ECFA website, a year's severance is "highly unusual." How Much Severance Pay … [Read more...]

More Evidence That Mars Hill Global Was Ministry of Mars Hill Church

UPDATE: That was fast (around two hours). The video evidence has been removed from Vimeo; it seems clear that Mars Hill Church does not want this information in front of the public. I intend to repost it in keeping with fair use of material for commentary. In the mean time, the transcript is below.Video is now below....................................Recently, Justin Dean told me that Mars Hill Church's Global Fund was not a fund after 2012. Even though he admitted the Global Fund … [Read more...]

Washington State Attorney General May Examine Complaints from Mars Hill Global Donors

According to this report at the blog Sola Sisters, the Washington state Attorney General may investigate the questionable practices associated with Mars Hill Global. According to former Mars Hill attendee Dean Watkins: I just got off the phone with someone from the Washington State Attorney General's Office. They have spent some time trying to figure out how to have accountability for the Global Fund issue. As a church, Mars Hill is exempt from filing with the Secretary of State. But under RCW … [Read more...]

ECFA Tells World Magazine Mars Hill Global In Compliance With Guidelines; Purges Another Page From Website

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Yesterday, prior to Mark Driscoll's resignation announcement, Warren Smith posted an article at World magazine which summarizes many of the controversies surrounding Mars Hill Church.  In it, Smith tells of statements made by Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability about Mars Hill. The ECFA’s Dan Busby told me in July that his group reviewed Mars Hill Global and found it to be in compliance with ECFA standards. In September, a week after Driscoll announced hi … [Read more...]


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