Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Warren Throckmorton: Paul Tripp announces reason for resignation from MH BoAA, posts comparison of PT & Van Skaik/Osborne on behalf of BoAA

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/07/30/paul-tripp-has-resigned-from-the-mars-hill-church-board-of-advisors-and-accountability/

After some silence regarding the resignation, Paul Tripp has explained why he resigned from the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/08/12/paul-tripp-says-board-of-advisors-and-accountability-model-doesnt-work/

http://paultripp.com/articles/posts/mars-hill-boaa-statement

Mars Hill BoAA Statement

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the church of Jesus Christ. I love pastors. I love working with churches to help them form a leadership culture that is shaped by the same grace that is at the center of the message that they preach.

It's because of this love that I accepted the position on Mars Hill Church's BoAA. But it became clear to me that a distant, external accountability board can never work well because it isn't a firsthand witness to the ongoing life and ministry of the church.

Such a board at best can provide financial accountability, but it will find it very difficult to provide the kind of hands-on spiritual direction and protection that every Christian pastor needs. Unwittingly what happens is that the external accountability board becomes an inadequate replacement for a biblically functioning internal elder board that is the way God designed his church to be lead and pastors to be guided and protected.

So, since I knew that I could not be the kind of help that I would like to be through the vehicle of the BoAA, I resigned from that position.

I would still love to see the leadership community of Mars Hill Church become itself a culture of grace and I am still willing to help, but not through the means of a board that will never be able to do what it was designed to do.

For Throckmorton's back to back presentation of Tripp's explanation for his resignation and Michael Van Skaik/Larry Osborne's explanation you can visit the link below.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/08/12/compare-paul-tripps-explanation-for-his-resignation-with-the-one-offered-by-mars-hill-churchs-boaa/

Now the consultation explanation provided previously by members of the BoAA could still be happening but perhaps Tripp can address that at some point down the road as well.







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