Eastside Church (Was Mars Hill Bellevue) Chooses New Staff; Is Soma Still Involved?

This came out earlier today.Sounds like business as usual with no mention of Soma or Jeff Vanderstelt. Some Good News Heading Into 2015 Pastor Jason Skelton Eastside Family,As we soon close out 2014 and head into the New Year as a new church, we wanted you to be aware of some good news for 2015.Staff SelectionWe have been prayerfully considering a number of hires for the new church staff. By God’s grace and your generosity, we are able to support a great team to serve and e … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Military Mission and Mars Hill Global: When Two Became One

When the two became one account, that is.As Mars Hill Church winds down, I am looking back through my notes and materials to see what other information might be relevant to the big picture. One part of the Mars Hill story that I haven't spent much time looking at is the Mars Hill Military Mission. I did some research on it months ago but didn't write about it. However, writing about Global earlier today reminded me of a connection between Mars Hill Global and the Military Mission. The … [Read more...]

Some Questions for Soma Church from Soma Members About the Mars Hill Bellevue Replant

In recent days, several members of Soma churches have written me with questions they have posed to either their local pastors or to the leaders at Soma Tacoma. The questions relate to the relationship between Soma and Mars Hill now and after the transition to independent churches. I don't know the answers to these questions and have posed them to my contacts at Soma with no answer as yet. The members who wrote have not gotten answers either.I am posting them here because I think if several … [Read more...]

Is Mars Hill Church Launching 11 New Churches?

They say they are.At least one of them (Bellevue) is supposed to be a Soma church replant. Despite the attempt at addressing questions of public interest, Jeff Vanderstelt and Soma have left questions about Mars Hill's legacy unanswered.  I have asked Soma about the financial aspects of getting seed money from Mars Hill, as well as questions about transparency regarding the Global Fund with no answers as yet.I am also getting emails from Soma church members around the country who are … [Read more...]

Megachurch Methods: Mars Hill Church Staff and Compensation Matrix

In the Leadership Journal article by Ben Tertin, former Mars Hill Church pastors Bill Clem and Tim Gaydos described the metrics by which the executive elders of Mars Hill Church decided how much staff to allow at each location. As it turns out, Mars Hill leaders used attendance and financial metrics to guide that decision. I have obtained a matrix which outlines the criteria for adding staff to the Mars Hill franchise locations. While I am not sure how rigorously this matrix was enforced, it is … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Albuquerque to Become North Church

This isn't particularly new but I don't think I have posted it here. Mars Hill Albuquerque is now doing business as North Church. In this video, a church volunteer describes the transition from The City to Church Community Builder.Those interested in the church where Dave Bruskas will land can follow North Church video updates here. Apparently the name and incorporation hasn't been changed as yet, since the church is still incorporated as Mars Hill Church.   … [Read more...]

Leadership Journal Seeks Lessons on the Demise of the Church from Former Pastors and Advisor

Subtitle: Gerry Breshears finally speaksBen Tertin at the Leadership Journal has a long article out today online which hopes to examine some "painful lessons" from the demise of Mars Hill Church. One aspect of the article which makes it necessary reading for Mars Hill watchers is the on the record statements from former pastors Bill Clem and Tim Gaydos. Both former pastors had much to say about the corporatization of church under Mark Driscoll, Sutton Turner, and Dave Bruskas.I recommend … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Posts 2014 Annual Report; No Resolution of Global Fund

Maintaining certain fictions until the end, Mars Hill leaders posted the 2014 annual report today.The section on Mars Hill Global and Mars Hill Go reflects what happened to Mars Hill Global after I reported on the tactics to promote missions but use Global Fund money to fund U.S. expansion.Between 2012 and May 2014, the Global Family was called the "Mars Hill Extended Family" and Mars Hill Go was marketed as the Mars Hill Global and the Global Fund.The annual report maintains an … [Read more...]