Rob Bell is Leaving Mars Hill Bible Church!

Rob Bell is Leaving Mars Hill Bible Church! September 22, 2011

The following comes from the Mars Hill Website:

Feeling the call from God to pursue a growing number of strategic opportunities, our founding pastor Rob Bell, has decided to leave Mars Hill in order to devote his full energy to sharing the message of God’s love with a broader audience.

It is with deeply mixed emotions that we announce this transition to you. We have always understood, encouraged, and appreciated the variety of avenues in which Rob’s voice and the message of God’s tremendous love has traveled over the past 12 years. And we are happy and hopeful that as Rob and Kristen venture ahead, they will find increasing opportunity to extend the heartbeat of that message to our world in new and creative ways.

As a “podrishioner” this saddens me deeply.  I personally am enriched by Rob’s creative and biblical sermons on a regular basis.  May the Spirit guide him in the journey ahead…


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  • wow… going to miss him and his podcasts. I’m sure his church is going to miss him much more.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to miss his sermons so much. I personally think that is what he excels at most! 

  • Tonzmcbonz

    So…what’s the real reason?

  • Paula

    Wonder if he’ll go the way of Francis Chan? 

  • I am gonna miss him too… two things: 1) Listenning to their podcasts lately, it is not much of a surprise considering the role shane is now playing. 2) I think this will allow him to do a lot more prophetic type work rather than pastoral (not that one is more important than the other).  

    I am excited to see what he does. 

  • Ian

    Do not fret. He probably isn’t going to give up preaching it just won’t be as regular. He’s probably going to do more writing and such.

  • His critics include Rick Warren who tweeted “Speaking tours feed the ego=All applause&no responsibility. It’s an unreal world. A church gives accountability& validity.”

    Some people are drawing connections between his release of Love Wins and his departure from the church.  It’s crazy.  I think people just try to make sense of pastors leaving their positions- it’s easier to wrap our heads around it if we can point at someone who did something wrong.

    Does anyone remember Mark Driscoll confronting Francis Chan with the “are-you-never-going-to-be-satisfied-with-what-you-have” when he announced his departure?  It’s certainly easy to question motives and jump to conclusions– not like Rob Bell ever faced this before 😉

  • Johnbautista

    ummm….do you think this article is true??

    i just read it…im not sure what to think of rob bell

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