Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mars Hill Spokane moving forward amidst controversy in the Puget Sound area

Largely not stuff that hasn't already been observed, but since so much is happening it's worth noting that Mars Hill Church is planning to launch in Spokane.  Local coverage indicates that a lease to agreement has been set up.  For the moment details are "private information" but county records have a habit of having to be filed so we'll just have to see how things play out.

At Mars Hill Church in Spokane, however, pre-planning stages are in full swing.
Pastor Miles Rohde of Mars Hill Spokane said that since last fall, Mars Hill has been working toward building a core group of Christians to launch the church.

“Currently we have just over 120 adults, and their nearly 40 children who make up our core group,” said Rohde in an email. “We spent the entire summer going through membership classes, Community Group leader training and providing training for various volunteer positions we need to fill prior to launching as Mars Hill Spokane.”

Pastor Rob Bryceson of First Covenant Church in downtown Spokane decided to auction off their church building on Division Street in 2013 due to financial issues. Bryceson confirmed in a phone interview that Mars Hill church offered to purchase the building in a lease to agreement in October 2013.

According to an article in the Inlander, Bryceson said the church was going to sell its building to Mars Hill Church for $1.25 million.

When asked for confirmation of the amount, Bryceson refused to comment, saying it was “private information.” Rohde did not comment on the figure by deadline.
Probably refers to this article

Now for those who may not be familiar with Miles Rohde there's a post about him and his role on the Board of Elders over here.

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