Elders and Deacons at Mars Hill Church

Elder

el•der (el’der) n. 1. Elected or appointed governing officer within a church. See 1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 6-9 Under the new bylaws, most of the men that Mars Hill Church refers to as “elders”

Deacons
dea•con (de’ken) n. 1. Attendant or assistant to church leaders. See 1 Timothy 3: 8

(The above definitions are found HERE on the Mars Hill Church website.)

Under the new bylaws, most of the men that Mars Hill Church refers to as “elders” are more accurately referred to as “executive deacons.” With the exception of the Executive 5 (Mark Driscoll, Scott Thomas, Jamie Munson, Tim Belz and Bubba Jennings) no elder has any power of governance. Maybe this isn’t such a big deal…except for the 2000 or so members who signed up for a plurality of elders, in which many men had governing power, and held each other accountable. Of course, it could be said that arrangement didn’t help…after all, these 18+ men voted to give up their power to govern.

In case any folks out there are interested in contacting the Mars Hill leadership and are brave enough to actually do so, their contact information is found HERE .

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2 Responses to Elders and Deacons at Mars Hill Church

  1. Katrina E. says:

    I find this entry amusing – calling for bravery in contacting the Mars Hill Elders while not being “brave” enough yourself to use your REAL name, “PH”. I’m sorry there are people who feel hurt over the firings of Pastor Bent and Pastor Petry, but there are times in our lives when it is best to keep our mouths shut and exercise wisdom and prudence — even when we feel wronged — so that we are not divisive. The most important thing is that people meet and come to love Jesus. If they do so through Mars Hill then it is a blessing! You should really ask yourself if what you are doing is bringing glory to the Lord. From my perspective, it is not.

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