This moving account serves as a memorial to the ruthless, cruel, and misleading words and actions of Mark Driscoll and the elders of Mars Hill Church in 2007-2008. Not to correct these sins is to continue in them. May those responsible weep in repentance and seek forgiveness from those who were wronged.
Bill Kinnon penned a poignant re-write of Jay Rosen’s piece “The People Formerly Known as The Audience.” PH cannot read the following piece without tears; of sorrow…and of joy.
Let me introduce you to The People formerly known as The Congregation. There are millions of us.
We are people – flesh and blood – image bearers of the Creator – eikons, if you will. We are not numbers… Read the rest of this entry »
A great post about authoritarian and/or narcissitic narsistist narcissistic leadership can be found in Bill Kinnon’s blog HERE. (Grandma, how do you spell “narcissistic”? “Badly, dear, badly.”) Unsurprisingly, the post uses many of the events documented in the January NYT article as examples.
A “sad but true” snippet:
“One of the positions people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder – extreme narcissists – are attracted to is church leadership. It is one of the best places to practice irrational authority unchallenged – as these leaders convince you they are on a mission from God.”
Hats off to Molly Worthen for writing an amazingly even-handed article about Mars Hill Church and the various themes and memes that run through it. The article “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?” appeared in The New York Times “Magazine” section on Sunday, January 12, 2009. MH/Driscoll admirers will consider the article very complimentary. Detractors will find the article to give clear voice to the aspects that grieve them most.
One quote in particular broke PH’s heart: “At one suburban campus that I visited, a huge yellow cross dominated center stage — until the projection screen unfurled and Driscoll’s face blocked the cross from view.”
Driscoll’s face blocked the cross from view. In a nutshell: the very reason so many faithful, active, and involved members have departed the hip halls of MHC.
Click HERE to read the full article in the NYT.
Or those in church leadership simply wondering if THEY are crazy. Trust PH…if you are wondering this, you probably are not.
PH has received excellent feedback from those who have read book by Dr. John K. Setser: “Broken Hearts, Shattered Trust/Workplace Abuse of Staff in the Church”. If any are interested in receiving their own copy, Dr. Setser is happy to send on at no charge (at this point). Just email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask.
Dr. Setser is the founder of Baranbas Ministries: http://www.shatteredtrust.com .
The below was submitted to PH via email. Since each fact checks out and the points are extremely relevant and important, PH is posting the article.
Mark Driscoll keeps changing the story.
Just as a suspected adulterer lies to cover his sin to appear innocent, Mark Driscoll and the elders are changing the story as they defend their actions. Read the rest of this entry »
And then, there is the environment that has been fostered in Mars Hill.
PH knows many (mostly former) members who were leveled for respectfully, but vigorously expressing either doubt or dissent with the way that the firing of two beloved pastors was handled. These members were betrayed by the leadership that they had previously chosen to trust. Many of these members were previously not even on MH radar, as their many years of membership history had demonstrated them to be what would be considered “model members.” The members that reaped the devastation during these times were not “immature Christians” as the Elders of MH have tried to portray. Many were, in fact, mature Christians with proven track records in ministry leadership that surpass Mark Driscoll in time and quality. (Despite their never having fostered a “mega-church.) PH would think that an outcry from this demographic would be taken very seriously by leadership within a church body.
Are the men who perpetrated or ignored such betrayal qualified to be Elders?