Kent Dobson Leaving Mars Hill

Kent Dobson Leaving Mars Hill November 30, 2015

This was announced last week but I thought I’d let it settle down and then notify the readers that Kent Dobson is leaving Mars Hill, and here’s a news report from MLive.

GRANDVILLE, MI – Rob Bell’s successor at Mars Hill Bible Church is stepping down, with no clear plan for what to do next.

Kent Dobson announced Sunday, Nov. 22, he will leave his role as teaching pastor of the megachurch in the spring. There’s no “secret reason” for his departure, he said, and it’s not that Mars Hill isn’t progressive enough for him.

Rather, “being a pastor at a church is not really who I am,” Dobson told the church. You can watch his announcement here.

“I have always been and I’m still drawn to the very edges of religion and faith and God,” Dobson said. “I’ve said a few times that I don’t even know if we know what we mean by God anymore. That’s the edges of faith. That’s the thing that pulls me. I’m not really drawn to the center. I’m not drawn to the orthodox or the mainstream or the status quo.

“And I think all churches have to have a center. It helps them define who they are, but I’m always wandering out to the edge and beyond.”


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  • Bonehead

    He says “it’s not that Mars Hill isn’t progressive enough for him”, yet his other quotes in the article seem to suggest pretty strongly that this is indeed the issue. Weird.

  • “I don’t even know if we know what we mean by God anymore. That’s the edges of faith. That’s the thing that pulls me. I’m not really drawn to the center. I’m not drawn to the orthodox or the mainstream or the status quo.”

    And this guy is a teaching pastor?

  • Matt

    This man clearly had no business being in ministry. Why not write a letter to your congregation instead of a rambling, man-centered talk about how you “feel” and how far from orthodoxy you now reside. I am so glad I am in a confessionally bound denomination. Non-denominational “Christianity” is an absolute trainwreck. J. Gresham Machen was right, Liberal Christianity isn’t Christianity.

  • Kind of a side point, but Dobson was not Bell’s successor. Folk have forgotten Shane Hipps.

  • Bonehead

    On a positive note, it is good that he resigned rather than try to change the church into… whatever he’s got going on in his mind at the moment.

  • Reece

    I find his statement “I’ve said a few times that I don’t even know if we know what we mean by God anymore'” to be really disturbing in the light of who Jesus Christ claims to be. He’s following Rob Bell’s lead in recent “God” Robcasts where God is the “source”, the “electricity” and the “ground of being” with no mention of Jesus at all. To out it briefly, if we want to know what God is like, don’t we look to Jesus?

  • Steve_Yellowknife_Canada

    “I’m not drawn to the orthodox…”

    Probably for the best that this fellow steps down.

  • caming

    It’s unfortunate that you speak of things you do not know. Everyone at Mars knows that Kent left because of Betsy DeVos — who happened to be the same person who forced Rob out. Why? Because they were both LGBT affirming, and the DeVos’s control the purse strings at the church. Now run along, child, before you make more baseless accusations.

  • caming

    I also find it ironic you’re in a “confessionally bound denomination.”

    There are over 40,000 Christian denominations in the world.

    And let me guess, you think you got ‘the right one.’