The Behind the Scenes Mars Hill Global Maneuvers

Over a year after the last service was held at Mars Hill Church, there are still stories to be told.Recently, I acquired two memos which provide details about Mars Hill Global, a mysterious aspect of the demise of Mars Hill Church. From 2012 until mid-2014, Mars Hill Church marketed Mars Hill Global as a fund to help support church planters in India and Ethiopia. However, at least some insiders at Mars Hill knew that the donations given through the Global Fund were spent primarily on church … [Read more...]

New Website is “One-Stop Resource” on Mars Hill Church RICO Lawsuit, Global Fund and Result Source

Marshilllawsuit.com bills itself as a "one-stop resource" for information relating to the planned RICO lawsuit involving Mars Hill Church leaders.While fund raising is slow going, this site brings together various issues which should help anyone trying to understand why the potential plaintiffs want to bring suit. In addition to the value the site has to those interested in the lawsuit, it summarizes two of the larger controversies (Global Fund and Result Source).Although these issues … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner Talks Mars Hill Global; Financial Information Omitted at Lawyers’ Request

Sutton Turner provides his side of the Mars Hill Global story in a lengthy blog post today.The omission of financial information is puzzling. For instance, Turner says: In 2014 alone, Mars Hill gave $X to support efforts in Ethiopia and India. This is over X times what was given toward all non-US church planting from 2009-2011.* See the quote below from the Mars Hill Church FAQ web page in 2014**: He addresses the confusion surrounding messaging on Global and honored the request of … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Mars Hill Church’s Former Attorneys Want Blog Posts Removed

Late yesterday, Sutton Turner published a must-read blog post.When an article begins with "attorneys did not want me to post any more blogs and to remove" prior posts, it is a good indication that one should read the rest. Specifically, Turner wrote that the church's former attorney discouraged more communication and wanted him to remove previous posts. For the past several weeks, I have been planning to discuss the lessons I have learned from events and mistakes at Mars Hill Church on my … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner and Mark Driscoll on the Impact of Mars Hill Global on World Missions

In a meeting at Mars Hill Shoreline which, according to my source, occurred sometime between April and June of 2012, Sutton Turner and Mark Driscoll responded to a question about what impact Mars Hill Church desired to have in "world missions." Driscoll directed the question to Turner who described what the church was doing in Mars Hill Global. Listen:Transcript: We've got some really exciting opportunities that we're launching and I don't know if you watch the blogs but Mars Hill … [Read more...]

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...]

Mark Driscoll in 2012: Lots Going On With Mars Hill Global

Once upon a time, Mars Hill Church leaders hosted by invitation only "vision breakfasts" for large donors. A former member taped one of the presentation made by Mark Driscoll about the various ministries of the church. This source sent a clip of Driscoll just as he began talking about Mars Hill Global. On May 10, 2012, Driscoll told the crowd: We're seeing a lot going on with Mars Hill Global. Lots of money coming in so we can translate the sermons into Spanish. We've gotten the Doctrine book … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Website Searchable Again; Global Fund Pages Restored

After months of being blocked by robots.txt code that prohibited searching the Internet Archives, Mars Hill Church's website is now searchable again. About a year ago, the church blocked searches of archived pages. I was common for pages to disappear from the Mars Hill website shortly after I linked to that page. Now those pages should show up in searches of the archive.For instance, pages about the Global Fund frequently disappeared from the website after being posted here. They were not … [Read more...]


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