As with just about anything at this blog this is not for the quick or inattentive reader. This is the first of two preludes to actually discussing Justin Dean's book. This is, like many a blog post before it, one where you'll want to collapse all the menus for the Blog Archive on the right to better read all the linkage that will be presented.
In order to get some idea of what Dean had to deal with as the public relations lead for Mars Hill, it seems best to provide a non-comprehensive but still fairly detailed overview of just how many PR incidents or issues came up from the middle 2011 up through the period when Justin Dean joined Mars Hill staff in later 2011, all the way through to Mark Driscoll's resignation.
What may impress someone who was outside the Mars Hill scene is how easily we could say that Mars Hill seemed to have some scandal or PR issue on close to a monthly basis. Even things that might not seem like issues of public reputation could be public reputation issues. For instance, links to statements documented here at Wenatchee The Hatchet can refer to content from The City that was published here that people outside Mars Hill weren't even supposed to be able to see, so how was Wenatchee The Hatchet so regularly able to get content published on The City that outsiders weren't supposed to have access to to begin with?
There's a gap between July 2013 and September 2013 but it's not because there was nothing going on. I was receiving leaks of content from The City and keeping tabs on the by then volatile turnover in Mars Hill elder and deacon rosters and publishing the information that seemed salient. Some of the departures were mentioned on The City but were not supposed to be available for public consideration.
Rather than list all of those links it may suffice to say that concern about just how much was being published at Wenatchee The Hatchet from The City contents and other material, Wenatchee The Hatchet was sent a certified letter from a person at Mars Hill December 5, 2013. The question of how Wenatchee The Hatchet got ahold of so much content from The City that no one outside Mars Hill was supposed to be able to see had become a point of concern for leaders at MH that was relayed to Wenatchee The Hatchet in 2013.
But let's set that aside for now, because a more detailed answer to that question will, ironically, be easier to address in a review of Justin Dean's book. This first prelude lays the groundwork for just how much controversy a MH PR person was dealing with in the final years of Mars Hill. See if you can detect any patterns. Comments, by the way, are still ever moderated.