Friday, October 17, 2014

considering the resignation in light of the August update

https://marshill.com/2014/08/24/an-update-from-pastor-mark

A central theme in my personal walk with Jesus in recent times has been to follow the Apostle Paul’s charge to Believers in Romans 12:8: If possible, so far is it depends on you, live peaceably with all men. God is not honored by conflict, strife, disunity, arguing, slander, gossip or anything else not consistent with the fruit of the Spirit, and I am deeply sorry for the times I have not done my part to living peaceably with all men.

Wenatchee The Hatchet would agree Mark Driscoll has not done his part to live peaceably with all men.

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  I have submitted to the process prescribed by our church Bylaws as overwhelmingly approved by our entire Eldership for addressing accusations against me. I invite this process, rather than debating accusations and issues in social media or the court of public opinion. A  report on this process will be presented when it has been completed.

Is the process completed?
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There is a well-documented list of past actions and decisions I have admitted were wrong, sought forgiveness, and apologized for to those I hurt or offended. I will not review them here, as it is my prayer we can, together as a church, move on as Paul writes in Philippians 3:13—But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead.   

Justin Dean can publish that well documented list, we hope soon.  As WtH and MH both realize the internet is swift to forget and just saying something was established doesn't mean people will remember it.  In fact the formal resignation might be a great time to review all the well-documented past actions and decisions Mark Driscoll has admitted were wrong, sought forgiveness for, and apologized for to those he hurt or offended for some kind of going away event.  If there could be a going away event for Bill Clem how much more for Mark Driscoll?

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  I have submitted to the process prescribed by our church Bylaws as overwhelmingly approved by our entire Eldership for addressing accusations against me. I invite this process, rather than debating accusations and issues in social media or the court of public opinion. A  report on this process will be presented when it has been completed.

Is the process completed?

As a general rule, I will respond to little if any criticism of me in the media, on social media, blogs, open letters, etc. Conducting church business and biblical conflict resolution through media channels is not healthy and is more likely to prove unproductive at best, and destructive and dishonoring to the Lord at worst.

It would also be helpful if Justin Dean weren't responding on behalf of Mars Hill these days.

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I have begun meeting with a professional team of mature Christians who provide wise counsel to help further my personal development and maturity before God and men. I have never taken an extended focused break like this in my 18 years as your pastor, and it is not a vacation but rather a time to focus on deep work in my soul in the areas of processing, healing, and growing.

So it would seem, at least to Wenatchee The Hatchet, that perhaps the professional team of mature Christians with wise counsel may have advised Mark Driscoll to resign?  Since the resignation is in (though the Washington Secretary of State doesn't have any updates on who replaces Driscoll and Turner as president and secretary) it would seem to be the simplest explanation of the quoted paragraph.

2 comments:

benden said...

What I found interesting, in re-reading "An Update from Pastor Mark" today, is that he doesn't make any statements about his future at Mars Hill. He says he loves the people at Mars Hill; he says he wants to keep loving his family and teaching the Bible; but he doesn't make any statement like "I am committed to Mars Hill" or "I am looking forward to being back in the Mars Hill pulpit" etc.

Could it be that he was already mulling whether to leave in August -- possibly depending on whether the investigation gave him a totally clean bill of health, or concluded that there were at least some things he was guilty of that would require ongoing repentance and reconciliation ("probation" of a sort hanging over him)? Could the investigation outcome have been a "golden fleece"?

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

This awaits being confirmed or refuted but here's a recent comment at Throckmorton's blog

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/10/18/mark-driscolls-resignation-what-is-the-real-story/#comment-1643116690

The BOE wanted Mark to submit to a spiritual care plan which would have included him not preaching for an extended period of time. Some on the BOAA felt that was too harsh. If Mark would have come back he would have been able to do so according to the bylaws (because the boaa approved it), but he would've been doing so against the wishes and recommendation of his BOE. This is part of the reason Mark said he was divisive. His LP's and the BOAA did not agree about the course Mark needed to take.

Michael Van Skaik spoke as he was allowed to as the chairman of the BOAA, but his statement does not accurately reflect the findings of the BOE. Many on the BOE are angry with Van Skaik because his statement forces the BOE to either publicly disagree with him (and leave the church confused) or move on to other things.

Make no mistake- Mark left because he still refuses to submit to his elders and he no longer has the credibility or power to bully them into submitting to him.