BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church, Elders Surprised to Receive Resignation

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According to the Religion News Service, Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll has resigned, much to the surprise of the remaining Mars Hill elders: “Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family—even physically unsafe at times—and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill,” Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter.Driscoll was not asked to resign, according to a letter from the church’s board of overseers. “Indeed, we were surprised to rece … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll Announces He is Stepping Down From Mars Hill Pastorate, Plans to Move to L.A.

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Embattled Pastor Mark Driscoll has announced this morning that he is, in fact, stepping down from the pastorate of the church he founded, Mars Hill Church in Seattle, in light of formal charges of abusive leadership brought by former Mars Hill elders and other former colleagues.Returning from vacation noticeably more tan than usual, Mark began his video announcement to the church with these words: "Howdy, Mars Hill. So yeah, this month has been totally ridic. I'm out, bro. DONE. Forget angry … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Cancels Its Huge Annual Conference: Mark Driscoll’s Trouble and the Dying Resurgence

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Yesterday Mars Hill Church announced that it is canceling its huge annual conference, Resurgence 2014. The conference website has this announcement: The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Acts 29 Removes Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Network, Asks Driscoll to Step Down

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This is the biggest official consequence to come to Mark Driscoll for his years of ministry abuse.Acts 29, the international church planting network that Driscoll co-founded and of which he and Mars Hill were a part up until the present moment, has indicated in a letter to Driscoll that they are officially removing Mark and Mars Hill from the network. The statement cites disqualifying sins and no evidence of repentance as the reason. It also asks Mark to step down from ministry. Here is the l … [Read more...]

Controlling Christianity Kills Creativity

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Much has been written recently about the controlling leadership clamp-down at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, revolving around a famous Non-Compete contract, and the numerous resulting resignations and firings.One resignation that impacted me as an interested observer was that of Zach Bolen, worship pastor and lead singer of the Mars Hill Music band Citizens. I've loved Zach's music, story, and spirit for a while now, and when a source confirmed that Zach simply lost faith in Mark Driscoll and … [Read more...]

The Mars Hill “Non-Compete Zone” in Seattle

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Here's a graphic showing how large the area is that ex-MHC pastors would be prohibited from ministering in if they signed the non-compete agreement at Mars Hill (upon pain of termination). With all the Mars Hill campuses and ministries, the answer is: LARGE. Like, uproot your whole life large. Like, sell your house and say goodbye to your neighbors large. But hey, that's empire business.HT goes to Stephanie Drury on this one. … [Read more...]

The Non-Compete-Driven Church (i.e., Empire Business)

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For quite a while now, I've been arguing that influential movements within the American church have gone off the healthy, Jesus-centered rails and entered into the realm of empire business.I've explored two main categories for this phenomenon - Celebrity Christianity and Controlling Christianity - along with what I believe to be the solution: a deeply-rooted Creative Christianity (though you'll see more of the "solution" stuff at The Antioch Session). And honestly, the hits just keep on … [Read more...]

Don’t Throw Rocks – Mark Driscoll’s Humble Plea?

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It's been a busy week-or-so with Mark Driscoll news and content, but I wanted to share this video from his sermon last Sunday as a (hopefully) final entry in this saga, at least for a while. It is very likely that his sermon was referencing, at least in part, some of the controversy surrounding him and Mars Hill in recent days. Mark seemed to produce a tone of humility, and, in a different part of the sermon, even gave a very vague kind of apology.In this segment, Driscoll drew out the … [Read more...]

Are These the Last Days…of Mark Driscoll’s Pastoral Ministry?

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Are these the last days of Mark Driscoll's pastoral ministry?I'm not sure, but it's a question worth considering. (Some follow up questions: Would that be a good thing? Would it be a bad thing? How do we better handle the prospect of celebrity preachers and megachurches in general?)In addition to the plagiarism and bestseller gaming scandals, there is a rising level of strong critique coming from former pastors at Mars Hill.Here's Mars Hill's Board of Advisors statement about that … [Read more...]

What Everyone Might Be Missing About Mark Driscoll: It’s All Business

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This past week yet another scandalous story broke having to do with the ministry of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church in Seattle.This story is, frankly, somewhat derivative - last month a similar one surfaced about megachurch pastor Steven Furtick. And, it follows on Driscoll's last moment in the media rotation over questions of plagiarism. But this one could be a hell of a lot more serious than those previous blips on the evangelical media radar.Essentially, Driscoll/Mars Hill hired a … [Read more...]


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