Saturday, September 20, 2014

a narrative question, "When I came to Mars Hill in 2011, my plan was to be here for a year, get theologically trained, and ... " had Sutton Turner ever planned to become an executive elder?


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/09/19/sutton-turners-status-at-mars-hill-church-uncertain/

UPDATE FROM THE BOAA

Dear Mars Hill,
Earlier this month Pastor Sutton Turner informed our board of his intention to resign from his current staff and elder position. His personal decision is a sober acknowledgement that it would not be financially feasible for him to stay on staff as the church rightsizes itself, and secondly, not emotionally prudent to subject his family to what has been an ongoing season of personal attacks. We want to be clear: there are no disqualifying factors related to his decision.

Sutton put it this way: “Since 2007, Pastor Mark has impacted my life in a significant way. I am thankful to call him my brother, my pastor, and my friend. When I came to Mars Hill in 2011, my plan was to be here for a year, get theologically trained, and focus on the adoption of my son before entering back into the business world. Three and a half years later, I have been able to serve a church that I love as a staff member, but it is now time that I transition off of staff and return to the business world.”

What is interesting in this announcement conveyed by Michael Van Skaik is that Turner's account seems to have been that the plan was to come to Mars Hill, get a theological training, focus on the adoption of his son, and then re-enter the business world.  But had Turner really left the business world?  Maybe in the United States he had left the business world but in terms of international business he hadn't really left the business world, had he?

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 1 The Wentworth Companies January 1998 to December 2003

of note is a recent comment contributed here

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-revisitation-of-sutton-turners-career.html?showComment=1411165043035#c9019489500057451231
Austin5496 said...
I am Robert Turner, Chief Executive Officer of The Wentwood Companies, which I founded in the early 1990's. My brother, Sutton brother, was hired by me in 1996 as an analyst and later was tasked with running property and construction management services. In 2003 we partially separated with Sutton taking property and construction management services into a new company (Mission Housing) while I retained rest of the company and all of the properties (Wentwood Companies). After the separation, Sutton continued to manage properties for Wentwood via a contract. In August 2006, all contracts with Mission Housing were terminated. Since that time, there has been no connection between Wentwood and Sutton, who subsequently shut down Mission Housing and left the country. I still own and manage the Wentwood Companies in Austin, TX.

For the rest of the review:
a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 2a Mission Housing Management, LLC January 2004 to December 2006

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 2b Mission Investors I. G. P, Inc.

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 3 CHCC aka Cimmaron Hills Country Club (?) February 2004 to January 2006 things are fuzzier here, readers welcome to contribute

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 4 Celebration Church Austin November 2006 to August 2008

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 5 Khidmah, LLC May 2008 to July 2010

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 6 Waseef. Barwa Real Estate Group June 2010 to May 2011

a revisitation of Sutton Turner's career at one time recounted in LinkedIn, part 7 Mars Hill Church April 2011 to present

So as a re:visitation of Turner's history it looks like Turner was away from American business for a few years but that he never quite stopped having business connections, so it could be Turner's plan was to transition back into business within the United States after a short time of getting theological training at Mars Hill.  The Resurgence Training Center did still exist during this period but it's not clear from Sutton Turner's account as recounted by Michael Van Skaik whether the theological training Sutton Turner was aiming to obtain was formal or not.

If Turner's conversion experience was 2005 then becoming an executive leader in a church is an even more crazy fast-track to the highest levels of formal power than would have been the case even with Jamie Munson.  The March 2012 memo might be a potential insight into observations attributed to Paul Tripp that Turner was not emotionally or spiritually mature enough to be given the level of influence and power he had in an organization.

So if as the Turner quote via Van Skaik suggests the initial plan was Turner would get theological training and transition back into the business world then whose idea was it to make Sutton Turner chief "king"? If by the account of the March 17, 2012 memo Munson was largely "checked out" why was that?  It's beginning to seem to Wenatchee The Hatchet as though Sutton Turner never planned on becoming a pastor, let alone an executive pastor, but that someone may have prevailed upon him to take a job that, at least as recounted via Michael Van Skaik, he wasn't even asking or looking for.

Although Michael Van Skaik's veracity and background has come up as a potential point for questions in the last three to five months ... .

Still, if Turner meant to get back into American business years as an executive elder at Mars Hill Church would constitute a big detour.

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