Friday, January 10, 2014

Sutton Turner bids farewell to 2013 and hello to 2014.

A new year and a new announcement comes along:

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Pastor Sutton Turner
From Pastor Sutton Turner:
Mars Hill Family,
Happy New Year! What a year 2013 was! It was great—and more importantly, our God was great (Psalm 147:5)! He was—and will continue to be—faithful, trustworthy, and generous to us. He is the reason that Mars Hill exists. His name and renown are the desire of our hearts (Isa. 26:8).
Five Official Church Plant Launches
We have much to look forward to and prepare for in 2014—a year we are praying to be our most evangelistic year ever. This Sunday, we will officially launch five new church plants into their new homes. They have been working tirelessly to make these homes ready for this important day, when they open their doors wide to people in the community, who will see the gospel of grace in the person of Christ clearly for the first time—or maybe the 501st time—and repent, be saved, and be baptized.
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Easter 2014
Christmas Eve was an incredible night. We were able to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with over 9,549 people at our live services. And 5,226 people watched online from Tuesday through Friday of that week. We are now looking forward to Easter 2014, an amazing day of celebration and victory! It will be a day when believers can remember their Savior and non-believers can meet their Savior. Both are important; both are necessary. Mars Hill, we are praying for 25,000 people to attend our live services, and 50,000 to watch online. It’s all about Jesus—he’s alive, he saves, and people need to hear that.
Jesus Festival
In August, we have the Jesus Festival—an outdoor event in Seattle that will boldly proclaim the name of Jesus and clearly announce the good news of grace. We are praying for a work of the Spirit that would lead many, many people to Jesus that day.
Mars Hill Schools
We also have Mars Hill Schools launching in the fall, as we host Corban University and Western Theological Seminary at Mars Hill Bellevue. We want to see many students of God’s Word become fully trained and equipped for the work of the ministry—no matter what that looks like for their individual calling. We are truly honored to be part of such a significant endeavor in people’s lives.
He Provides
We are praying for Jesus to do so much more than we can ask, or even think or imagine in 2014 (Eph. 3:20). It’s because of faithful and generous family members that all these things are possible. Through his people, Jesus provides all that we need in order to accomplish all that he has for us.
In the final weeks of 2013, we were asking God to provide $2 million above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings in order to accomplish these exciting endeavors in 2014. Guess what, Mars Hill? HE DID IT! We received $2,991,852 above our budget by December 31! In addition, during December and January, $300,000 was given to the Endowment Fund for Church Planting, which will help us plant more churches in 2014 and, Lord willing, for generations to come.
Thank You
Thank you, Jesus. And thank you so much for partnering with us as we seek to fulfill the mission of Jesus at Mars Hill Church. You are an invaluable part of what he does here. He is doing innumerable things among our Mars Hill family members and in our cities. We praise and honor him for all that he does through and for us, but . . .
Jesus himself is our inexpressible gift (2 Cor. 9:15). Thank you, Mars Hill, for making it all about him.
Here’s a full report of what Jesus did at Mars Hill Church in 2013. 
Because of him,
Pastor Sutton
Executive Elder & Executive Pastor

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Interesting that Sutton Turner completely conflates the generosity of Mars Hill members and attenders with God Himself coming through.  Interesting conflation there and not particularly surprising as in the last four to five years there's been sort of a surreal trend in which Mars Hill leadership progressively conflates what God wants with whatever the MH elders have decided would be good for Mars Hill.  Meanwhile, who's got an update on the Sound Transit real estate Mars Hill's wanted to own?

Anyway, per Sutton Turner's missive, the full report is a link to this page

But this falls considerably short of a FY2013 report.  Just compare that "full report" on FY2013 to this page for the FY2012 report. The FY2013 was available for a while but good luck finding it.  It's like the page got moved or dropped.  And no, this doesn't count, as it's a more detailed break-out of the material mentioned in the FY2012 report page.

More importantly, the "full report" was presented before the above-quoted passage Turner wrote in which he stated that Mars Hill received $2,991,852 above budget by December 31, 2013.  That information simply wasn't available on December 27, 2013 when the most recently mentioned link above hit the internet. 

Since Wenatchee The Hatchet has a copy sitting around of the Fy2013 report some observations about the Fy2011-Fy2013 will show up.  Perhaps in the meantime an updated FY2013 from MHC will be available. 


Anonymous said...

Executive Elder AND Executive Pastor.

CoffeeMatt said...

"Executive" is code word for - doesn't actually do anything real anymore, just goes to meetings.

Too bad. I like MH's church planting efforts but think the more and sooner they decentralize, the healthier nearly all those plants will be.