Part Two of Sutton Turner’s Thoughts on Forgiveness

Today, former Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner extends his Mars Hill reflections in part two of his series on repentance and forgiveness.I appreciate Turner's efforts here. These are not brief posts, but rather indicate that he has thought about these matters. He seems to want to make amends in a public sense with his detractors, not by criticizing them but by acknowledging his mistakes. For instance, he tweeted:I used justification of my actions & lack of time not … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner Confesses Some Mars Hill Sins

One of the last three executive elders to serve at Mars Hill Church, Sutton Turner has taken a different route in his public reflection about his experience at Mars Hill than the soft-spoken Dave Bruskas and the main event Mark Driscoll. Bruskas spoke to his Albuquerque church in a closed meeting (here, here, and here) and to my knowledge has not blogged or addressed the media since he left Mars Hill. Driscoll on the other hand has remained aloof from social media, isn't doing interviews but has … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Leaving a Big Church is Selfish

Just when I thought we were getting somewhere...Today, Sutton Turner posted an apologetic of sorts* (pdf of the post) for separation of pastors from pews in big churches. Turner seems convinced that the corporate world is a good analogy for a church leadership.This quote seems to capture the mood: When an organization grows and people lose access to the senior leader, many will take the selfish route and leave. They look back on the smaller, familial organization as the golden days, … [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...]

Why Sutton Turner Left Mars Hill Church

Today, in a blog post, Sutton Turner explains why he left Mars Hill Church.If I understand this story correctly some of the people who are still involved in legacy churches were involved in this matter. Furthermore, my sources tell me that at least one of those involved in this matter opposed the 21 pastors who brought charges. It may seem via Turner's description that the challenge came from those who opposed Driscoll. My information is contrary to that.In any case, apparently Turner … [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...]

Did Paul Tripp Meet with the Mars Hill Church Board of Advisors and Accountability?

For a full treatment of this question, please see Wenatchee the Hatchet's post on the subject.On Wednesday, Sutton Turner wrote: During my tenure, many people criticized the culture of Mars Hill and lack of accountability. The most stinging came from Dr. Paul Tripp who actually served on the Board of Advisors and Accountability for eight months when past mistakes and sins began to crater in on Mars Hill. Few people know that Dr. Tripp never physically attended a board meeting during that … [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...]