Current Mars Hill Pastors Express Concerns About Issues Covered By ECFA Guidelines

In the letter released today by nine current Mars Hill pastors (actually one former pastor, and 8 current; one was let go today - more on that later today), the pastors referenced concerns about the handling of the Mars Hill Global Fund, among several other issues of transparency. ...there is no dearth of examples in the last two years of very questionable transparency and truth-telling, including the Mars Hill Global Fund, Result-Source, Strange Fire, ghost-writing/plagiarism, explanations for … [Read more...]

Whatever Happened to the Mars Hill Church Jesus Festival? And the $3 Million?

Wenatchee the Hatchet asked the question on August 1, but I don't see an official answer anywhere. Asking around, a former member who was in training to become a Community Group leader told me the Jesus Festival (slated for August 22) was canceled in the Spring after the news broke about Mark Driscoll's New York Times scandal.  I can find no official announcement but there has been no publicity about the event since Spring. The Jesus Festival was one of the reasons why Mars Hill needed to raise … [Read more...]

Former Staffer Says That Mars Hill Church’s Global Fund Was Restricted

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A week ago, I posted an anonymous statement from a former staff member in the central office at Mars Hill Church. Today, I can offer you another statement from the same staffer. I received this quote from Rachel Macor, a former staffer in Mars Hill finance department.  Here is her quote.I believe that Mars Hill leadership knew from the start that donations to the Global Fund were restricted and could not be used for unrestricted purposes. In fact, there was a separate account for Global in th … [Read more...]

You Tube Restores Mars Hill Global Videos; Mars Hill Church Backs Away From Copyright Claim

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Apparently Mars Hill Church is not going to sue me to keep sections of their deleted Mars Hill Global videos from public view. After the 10-14 day waiting period for Mars Hill to file suit, the church did not do so and You Tube restored the video of Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner promoting Mars Hill Global as an international mission outreach.Watch:Those excerpts came from three videos Mars Hill Church deleted from their You Tube account. The videos are important because they conflict … [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...]

One Day, Two Views of Mars Hill Church

Yesterday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and World Magazine posted articles about Mars Hill Church. To me, the articles do not seem to be about the same church.The Seattle PI piece addressed the newest development among former Mars Hill Church members and leaders: the Facebook group which alerts the public that many ex-Mars Hill members are not and have not been anonymous in their complaints about the church. Mark Driscoll claimed in a speech to the church just over a week ago that leaders … [Read more...]

Letter From Mars Hill Church to Those Who Donated to Mars Hill Global

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A Mars Hill Global donor forwarded this letter to me. In the wake of ongoing questions about how funds donated to Mars Hill Global since 2012 were spent, the church leaders issued this letter to 6,000 donors.This is slightly a reworded statement from the Mars Hill Global FAQ page on the Mars Hill website. In fact, the Global Fund was a giving option until at least May of this year. As I demonstrated by means of videos that Mars Hill wants to hide, the leaders of Mars Hill did not simply … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Again Issues Copyright Takedown Notice on Mars Hill Global Video

Earlier today, Justin Dean, acting on behalf of Mars Hill Church, requested that You Tube remove video clips of Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner talking about Mars Hill Global. In the video clips, which were made available to illustrate my commentary on the subject, both Driscoll and Turner clearly identify Mars Hill Global as a ministry of Mars Hill Church for the purpose of supporting international missions.'I have contested the notice and will await You Tube's decision, which could take up … [Read more...]


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