Well, okay, so maybe there's some internal rumblings that times have not been easy. This was conveyed to Wenatchee The Hatchet recently:
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From Pastor Sutton Turner:
Mars Hill Family,
We are ending our fiscal year at one of the most trying times for our church in recent memory. We know that God calls us to pursue humility and faithfulness during all seasons, and also to look to Jesus for continued growth as leaders and as the body of Christ.
This is just a quick reminder that gifts made by midnight on June 30th help us end our current fiscal year strong. Your tithes and offerings support 16 churches here in the US with facilities to gather and worship for weekend services and also with the staff to care and love those who are meeting Jesus and growing in their faith. You also support evangelists and church planters in Ethiopia and India.
With your tithes and contributions, more churches will be planted, more pastors will be sent out, and more people will be saved by Jesus Christ.
But I need to hear from you by midnight next Monday night. Please go to marshill.com/give, and thank you.
I am so thankful to Jesus for your generosity and faithfulness.
Executive Elder & Executive Pastor
It's not surprising that there's no mention of what might be included in "one of the most trying times for our church in recent memory.
No mention of plagiarism controversy from Turner (seven books of Mark Driscoll's were shown by Warren Throckmorton to have citation errors of various kinds) or of the Result Source controversy, even though Sutton Turner himself signed that contract.
So on the whole evidence suggests that the executive elders themselves made the "unwise" decisions that have been the cause of controversy and difficulty for Mars Hill in the last year. It's interesting and not surprising that neither Sutton Turner nor Mark Driscoll have seemed as yet all that eager to say anything about the plagiarism controversy and have only voiced the most passive and even blame-shifting sorts of regret (via the Board of Advisors and Accountability that they are on) about the "outside counsel" that suggested Result Source. Now while Chronicles and Samuel alternately ascribe David's late-career census as the agency of the devil or God David is the one shown taking ownership of a sin that cost the lives of thousands and thousands of people.
To say "I’m more a prophet than a politician." is to misunderstand the starkly political nature of prophetic activity (and also to skate altogether past its judicial role within the Torah and through the earlier books of the Old Testament). More to the point, when men claim to be prophets and then get caught up in plagiarism controversies and controversies about rigging sales, to say nothing of "I see things" it is well past the point that when someone who appoints himself a public figure and refers to himself as a gigachurch pastor be able to handle being on the receiving end of some public criticism. Yet time and again Mark Driscoll seems to balk or even bristle at being on the receiving end of what he has historically been willing to dish out. Whether it's a history of publicly blasting The Shack in 2007 and before shaking hands with T. D. Jakes in 2012, or whether it's saying in 2009 he didn't start a side company to manage book royalties and then going on to set one up in 2011, Driscoll's flip-flops may be of a higher order than those alleged to have been done by John Kerry in election cycles.
And if Mark Driscoll seriously believed that in the case of Grace Driscoll out-earning him in the earlier years of Mars Hill that he had essentially denied the faith and become worse than an unbeliever then if he had any scruples or consistency about his own self-proclaimed scruples he should have resigned from ministry altogether for having denied the faith and become worse than unbelievers. But that's clearly not what happened. What happened was Driscoll got a salary and eventually went on in 2011 to tell Mars Hill that they have historically stunk at giving. Maybe they have but since Mars Hill Church in the last eight years seems to have historically stunk at transparency in the wake of controversy maybe there could be a bit more give and take here.