Driscoll once said that what Mars Hill hoped to do was to take the best ideas from various other ministries, refine out the things they didn't care for, and then create a uniquely Mars Hill ministry with the best content they found from other places. In place of CCEF, Dan Allender, and other resources it may be the Redemption Groups constitute the first significant package of materials or product that fits what Driscoll outlined as a goal for Mars Hill in developing internal ministry approaches. It does not require even a particularly cynical observer to notice that what this entails is assimilation, redaction, and rebranding. I have written elsewhere that Mark Driscoll is a popularizer of thinkers and notions that are more innovative or productive than he is. He has never come up with anything original of substance in his entire pastoral career, but he has at times done a good job of popularizing or assimilating concepts from older, better, wiser and more responsible Christian teachers than he is likely to be.
However, Driscoll has had nothing to do in any observable way with Redemption Groups. That's more a Mike Wilkerson and James Noriega project. Noriega, of course, has vanished from the elder listings without any comment from anyone at Mars Hill. He disappeared around the time that MH folks assured us two staff were let go for displaying a pattern of overstepping spiritual authority. I would take that with a cup of salt. Now I can grant anonymous summaries aren't in themselves persuasive but the summary below is worth reading. It's worth reading because while it is general some of the generalities fit with problems I observed in my time at Mars Hill, chief among them a dangerously truncated hamartiology in which all sin is boiled down to "pride" and a real or perceived defiance of God appointed spiritual authority or God (which are often conflated).
For another story that involves Redemption Groups read here:
Now I am sure there are people who have had positive experiences in Redemption Groups and perhaps they will share stories and already have. They're welcome to post a comment here if they like. There's no way a Redemption Group concept can have a 100% success or failure rate, after all.