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...]

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...]

Sutton Turner on Church Governance at Mars Hill Church

This morning Sutton Turner posted his third in a series of reflections on the ResultSource decision and church governance.Mainly Turner concerns himself with the debate over the role of elders in a large church versus a small one. Instead of making a biblical argument, he offers a utilitarian defense of bringing in outside advisers to govern a church they don't attend. His rationale is that God has allowed mega-churches to get really big so He must be fine with different rules for … [Read more...]


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