Ex-Members Group Delays New Charges Against Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Executive Elders

In a press release, ex-Mars Hill deacon Rob Smith said a group of 75 ex-members and leaders at Mars Hill today were prepared to ask the Mars Hill Church elders to consider new charges against the executive elders of Mars Hill Church. However, in light of the action by the Acts 29 Network to remove Driscoll and the church as members, the group has decided to wait. Charges Against Mark Driscoll and Church Executives Delayed After Ouster from Acts 29August 8, 2014Seattle, WA – In the light … [Read more...]

Acts 29 Network Removes Co-founder Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Membership (UPDATED)

In a stunning move, the Acts 29 Network leadership has removed network co-founder and Mars Hill Church lead pastor Mark Driscoll from the organization's membership. I obtained a letter from several Acts 29 pastors which was sent to Driscoll and Mars Hill Church removing Driscoll and the church as members of the network, as well as calling on Driscoll to step down due to a pattern of complaints from Acts 29 pastors. Mark Driscoll was instrumental in founding the Acts 29 Network and has been … [Read more...]

Acts 29 Pioneer Ron Wheeler Sends Open Letter to Mark Driscoll, Asks Him to Resign

Ron Wheeler planted the first Acts 29 church in Mt. Vernon, WA. Wheeler was a regular companion of Mark Driscoll in the early days of Mars Hill Church.  Now, Ron Wheeler has posted an open letter to Driscoll which documents his perspective on the early days of Mars Hill Church, Acts 29 Network and culminates with a plea that Driscoll resign as pastor of Mars Hill Church.Wheeler begins: Dear Mark Driscoll:You were once one of my closest friends.You were once my trusted mentor and … [Read more...]

The Storm at Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Explains It All

Apparently for a series titled Men Stepping Up, Mark Driscoll explains what happened in 2006-2007 and why the by-laws had to be changed and why good men had to be sacrificed. Watch:(Note: predictably, the video has been made private. See the transcript below for what Driscoll said).Transcript: I don't know what the most courageous thing I've ever done is. I know the one thing that was one of the hardest was, the church was growing, it had exploded, it had grown to, I think, maybe … [Read more...]

Does Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Benefit Donors?

The mission statement of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is "Enhancing Trust in Christ-Centered Churches and Ministries." A primary means of pursuing their mission is through promotion of their seven standards of stewardship. The ECFA website states that the standards are "are fundamental to operating with integrity." The ECFA tells the public that organizations who voluntarily agree to adhere to the standards "must comply with all of the standards, all of the time."But … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Staffer Speaks Out

Earlier today, I posted volunteer pastor Matt Rogers' note in response to the Mars Hill Church demonstration. Not long after I received Rogers' commentary, I received the following email. Clearly Rogers likes where he is and thinks people should just trust their leaders.  The following person left Mars Hill within the last two years and is not yet comfortable being named in print. However, I have verification of the person's identity. It is hard to believe that Mr. Rogers and this person are … [Read more...]

Trust Me: Mars Hill Church Pastor to Congregation About Sunday’s Demonstration

Matt Rogers is a volunteer pastor at Mars Hill Bellevue. Bellevue is where the ex-member demonstration was held on Sunday morning. I have obtained a copy of a response to the demonstration which is attributed to Rev. Rogers and posted on The City, Mars Hill's private church discussion and media center. Other than the title, I am going to post this reply without comment. I am interested to hear reader reactions.From Pastor Matt Rogers: This past Sunday outside our building about 60 … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Demonstration Tells Leaders We Are Not Anonymous

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I spoke earlier this afternoon with Rob Smith who told me that 100-125 people participated in the demonstration* outside of Mars Hill Bellevue this morning.  According to Smith, the church sent out coffee and donuts but otherwise did not engage with the demonstrators formally   and a woman offered the demonstrators welcome packets. After Mark Driscoll told the congregation that people expressing concerns about Mars Hill were doing so anonymously, the participants wanted to correct that i … [Read more...]


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