Sutton Turner Begins His Defense of Mars Hill Global

After describing his part in the ResultSource New York Times best seller deal, Sutton Turner has now turned his attention to Mars Hill Global and laying off staff. Here I deal with his first Mars Hill Global post.Turner posted the following video:In the transcript to follow, he highlighted the following:So what does Mars Hill Global do? Well Mars Hill Global is doing and participating in church planting here in Ethiopia and also in India, also we are doing church planting in the … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner on Church Governance at Mars Hill Church

This morning Sutton Turner posted his third in a series of reflections on the ResultSource decision and church governance.Mainly Turner concerns himself with the debate over the role of elders in a large church versus a small one. Instead of making a biblical argument, he offers a utilitarian defense of bringing in outside advisers to govern a church they don't attend. His rationale is that God has allowed mega-churches to get really big so He must be fine with different rules for … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Big Churches Like Mars Hill Church Need Big Decision Makers

Former Mars Hill Church executive elder Sutton Turner has posted part two of his reflections (he posted part one yesterday) on the decision to commit church funds to buy Mark Driscoll's book Real Marriage on to the New York Times best-seller list.In this post, Turner takes credit for changing Mars Hill by-laws to include the Board of Advisors and Accountability. The BoAA consisted of three executive elders (Driscoll, Bruskas, and Turner) and four outsiders (various members at different … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Leadership Coaching: Taking Up Where He Left Off

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Today, Mark Driscoll offered several former coaching videos on his website. These are videos he developed in 2011 with the offer of leadership coaching materials through The Resurgence website. This 2011 email gives the details.Above is an image of the email heading. The content is below: From Pastor Mark Driscoll:Being a leader is wonderfully complicated. Whether it’s leading in family, business, or ministry, leaders face particular challenges that make simultaneous joy and fru … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Adds Leadership Coaching Videos to His Website

On the same day that Sutton Turner laments the broken decision making process at Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll has added leadership coaching videos to his website.Amid the controversy over Driscoll's interview at the summer Hillsong conferences, Driscoll has added recycled coaching content from his Mars Hill days.  So far Driscoll has not commented directly about leaving the church or the investigation that seemed to lead to his resignation.  … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner Talks About His Part in Mark Driscoll’s New York TImes Best Seller Plan

Former executive elder of Mars Hill Church Sutton Turner wrote today about his part in the ResultSource scheme to get Mark Driscoll's book Real Marriage on to the New York Times Best Seller list. The bottom line is that he is now saying he didn't agree with it.In addition to reflecting on the use of the consulting group ResultSource, Turner also addresses some of the same ground as he did in 2012 the executive elder memo I posted last year.Turner also confirms the essential contents of … [Read more...]

Petitioners Ask Hillsong to Reconsider Mark Driscoll Interview

Back in March, Brian Houston released a statement to me saying that Mark Driscoll would not speak at the Hillsong Conferences in London and Sydney but instead would be interviewed with his wife. While that move represents a diminished role at the conferences, the change is not good enough for UK resident Natalie Collins. She has started a petition asking Hillsong to remove Driscoll from the program.The petition begins:This is both disappointing and of great concern to many across the UK … [Read more...]

Update on the Lawsuit Against Mars Hill Church

Just a little while ago, an update appeared on the GoFundMe page designed to raise money for a lawsuit against Mars Hill Church. This campaign has ended. You can still help by clicking on the following link:http://www.gofundme.com/MarsHillLawsuitThanks to all who participated.Rob Smith The new page begins: It is time for Christians everywhere to stand up and say, "Enough!! We will no longer put up with pastors who reach for honor for themselves and who enrich themselves at the expense and ha … [Read more...]


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