Sutton Turner Names Attorney and Responds to Mars Hill RICO Lawsuit

Sutton Turner's Seattle attorney has notified the court and Turner notified plaintiff's attorney that service would be accepted on the RICO lawsuit naming him and Mark Driscoll as defendants.* They are accused of running the church in a manner to financially benefit the leaders, especially Mark Driscoll.In response to the suit, Turner exclusively provided the following statement via email:For over a month, I have offered to meet with the Jacobsens and Kildeas. Unfortunately, they h … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Executive Pastor Sutton Turner Comments on RICO Lawsuit

Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner are the defendants in a RICO lawsuit filed by two former Mars Hill Church couples. Driscoll recently spoke out and called the charges "false and malicious" and "without any merit."This morning, co-defendant in the suit -- former executive elder Sutton Turner -- responded to the matter on his blog.  About the suit, Turner said: As time has passed, I have watched the pursuit of legal actions by my brothers and sisters towards the Church and former leaders. I … [Read more...]

RICO Lawsuit Filed Against Former Leaders of Mars Hill Church; ECFA Named As Co-Conspirator

The long anticipated suit from a group of former members against former leaders of Mars Hill Church was filed today in the U.S District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. Attorney Brian Fahling filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea.The plaintiffs accuse defendants Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner of engaging in a continuing pattern of racketeering activity by soliciting, through the internet and the mail, contributions … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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