Monday, September 15, 2014

The BoE members part 8: Pastor Tim Smith

Given the amount of writing and research done on Tim Smith so far it should suffice to link to existing writings.

Where are they now, part 6a: Tim Smith--dudely dude who helped Driscoll reverse-engineer MH to 3k and one of the guys Mark Driscoll dreamt about

Where are they now Part 6B: Mark Driscoll's accounts of Brad Currah's role in MH music

Where are they now part 6C: Driscoll interviews Tim Smith in 2008 about his ten years at MH
It's worth summarizing this one for those who won't read the links, all of Tim Smith's musical competency was bankrolled by Mark Driscoll, by mutual account, because Mark believed in Tim Smith's leadership ability.  Smith lobbied to run the worship department around the same period Brad Currah was let go in spite of Driscoll having informed Currah God gave Driscoll a dream about him and in spite of having, by Driscoll's own account, gone to David Nicholas to petition for money for a stipend for Currah.  By Smith's account, Mark Driscoll later told him that he had a dream about him, too.

Where are they now part 6D, a Tim Smith follow up, documenting his role as worship team administrator in 2000
Not quite two years after Driscoll informed Currah of the divine dream-oracle role he was to have, Tim Smith was apparently handling bands to go by the old site.

Smith's previously announced sabbatical has apparently ended.

A few years ago Tim Smith was part of Mars Hill Church's attempt to start a record label
a history of MH attempts at record labels 2009-2013 part 1: ReSound
a history of MH attempts at record labels 2009-2013 part 2: Mars Hill Music
a history of MH attempts at record labels 2009-2013 part 3: "Mars Hill Music is partnering with Tooth & Nail
a history of MH attempts at record labels 2009-2013 postlude: the problem in Driscoll saying "not even close" in his March 2014 statement on The City, the music label was part of the vision at the beginning

Short version, Tim Smith's Re:Sound project withered on the vine in under a year after formal announcement due to a combination of management and revenue problems. 

Between Tim Smith's self-recounted lobbying to gain control of the worship department of Mars Hill circa 1999-2000; and a recent statement made by Mark Dunford, Tim Smith's role within Mars Hill may have some behind-the-scenes activity in addition to his more public role as band leader and current lead pastor at Mars Hill Portland.

Specifically, the Dunfords wrote:

So, where do the concerns about my marriage come out of all of this? On Thursday, September  4th, I received phone calls from elders associated to three different churches asking about the condition  of  my marriage. Those churches are Phoenix (Tim Birdwell), Ballard (Scott Harris) and Tacoma (Bubba  Jennings). Each of the pastors in parentheses had direct conversations with Tim Smith about the apparent  condition of my marriage and subsequently communicated that to several members and leaders of their  respective churches. Tim Birdwell, in a phone conversation that I had with him thought it might have  simply been his misinterpretation. While that is possible, I am concerned that three different churches had  leaders contact me with the exact same concern. I directly confronted Tim Smith about this and he denied  having led anyone to believe this, though he admitted that he had said that my wife and I were “going  through some things in our marriage.” I had previously been told by someone at Mars Hill Portland that  Tim had told him that my wife “hated Mars Hill and was a mess.” Both statements were reckless,  characteristically unclear, unrelated to any decision to dismiss me, and slanderous.
While at the retreat, during our meeting with the Portland elders and Tim Birdwell, my wife and I had discussed concerns about margin in my schedule. I had recently completed a seminary paper on the subject and my wife and I were discussing the content of that paper. As a result, we proposed to the Portland elders that we now take the break that was initially promised us. We still didn’t feel rooted in Portland and wanted to take the time to do that going into the fall. That, and our clearly laid out concerns with the state of Mars Hill were the extent of any issues in our marriage. My wife and I have been married now for five years and we are in the healthiest, closest season of our marriage. That is what enables us to have such conversations. I am disgusted that after having been told that those conversations were “safe and private” that anything of that conversation left the confines of a discussion between elders. That it was used as a justification after the fact to help explain my dismissal is equally gross.
Actions such as this are nothing new to Mars Hill Church. When leaders have previously resigned, similar comments have been made. In fact, while at the Full Council meeting, an elder who left early having submitted his resignation Tuesday evening was presented in the same light. Those who were present for that meeting are aware that those statements were not an accurate reflection of his issues. That elder has since rescinded his resignation and will remain nameless here as a result. Still, the pattern is important. If I was to have been removed as a result of the condition of my marriage, Tim would have had biblical grounds to file formal charges. Given that it was made abundantly clear then, and today that I have not in any way disqualified myself, I am further frustrated by the insinuation.

To date Wenatchee The Hatchet is not aware if Tim Smith has issued any clarifying statements on the matters discussed in the Dunfords' letter.

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