Friday, December 26, 2014

Throckmorton: MH Bellevue that is now renaming as Doxa Church discloses salaries and more in memo on transparency

While some in the leadership circle at Mars Hill Bellevue (which is becoming Doxa Church) ...

may not answer all the questions that need to be answered (which at least Matt Rogers might be in a position to partly address by way of a membership on the Board of Advisors & Accountability) it remains to be seen how the new Doxa Church goes.

Wenatchee The Hatchet is not sufficiently familiar enough with Vanderstelt to have much of an opinion about him.  However, Wenatchee The Hatchet has learned enough about the history of earlier Acts 29 and some of its politics to suggest that readers bear in mind that Vanderstelt was part of an Acts 29 affiliation circa 2002 to 2004, the period in which David Nicholas still had a significant role in the leading of Acts 29.  Nicholas had not yet been, by Ron Wheeler's account, moved out of having any effective role on the Acts 29 leadership board.  While it remains to be seen if Nicholas' writing or correspondence regarding Mark Driscoll's character and conduct may ever ultimately see the light of day this is stuff to bear in mind.  Not even Wenatchee The Hatchet is in a position to be sure Vanderstelt is what some might want to call a "good guy" or "bad guy" but enough people have had a positive impression of him that a wait and see approach for Vanderstelt in particular is going to be Wenatchee's approach.

Notwithstanding Mark Driscoll's old canard that congregational rule in a church is like letting the mental patients run the nuthouse (which was given a firmer variation by James MacDonald's old "congregational rule is from Satan") a church that has more input and say in how it is governed and a church in which members are able to observe every line item in the budget would be a helpful direction. 

Given the debt scenario James MacDonald and leadership company got their church into it seems improbable that congregational governance is really from Satan even as a hyperbolic statement.  Wenatchee leans more Presbyterian but the trouble with denominations is that regardless of what cage phase you're in for your pet church movement there's ultimately no formal institution that really prevents abuse.  Abuse can, does, and simply already has come up in every human movement and institution. 

Still, Doxa Church may be off to a promising start ....

then again ... the same was certainly being said about Mars Hill, too. We'll just have to see.

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