but first ... he discusses that kinda weird version of "Silent Night" Hillsong went with. Let's just say it's a long way from a German dude with an autoharp.
Chris Rosebrough notes the obvious but necessary point that this entity Driscoll has going may be called The Trinity Church, but it is a corporation that has no members. This is a corporation rather than a church.
Now, to be clear, it has never been clarified by Mark Driscoll what the nature of the trap was that had been set.
It is worth revisiting that Driscoll left Mars Hill after, by his account to Brian Houston, agreeing to submit to a restoration/disciplinary process given to him by the board of Mars Hill.
If Driscoll never defines what "a trap has been set" even means then there's plausible deniability across the board about everything except the assertion that God audibly released him from ministry. We've discussed how in the course of biblical narrative literature the guys who get verbal releases from divinely appointed jobs are guys like King Saul. Guys who get divine notices that "a trap has been set" don't get to escape them. If anything, Mark Driscoll seems to have skimmed over that for particularly wicked and self-serving rulers who abuse their power, prestige and social authority to get what they want rather than serve the good of the regular people God occasionally permits a lying spirit to delude said king into going to his doom. That's how it went with Ahab, after all. So even if Driscoll sticks with the 2015 narrative that God told him he could quit that wasn't what he led with in 2014 when he wrote his resignation letter, which was full of "godly counsel" from men and women across the country. In 2014 the wording of the resignations uggested an informal behind-the-scenes poll had been taken and the conclusion was it would be good to quit. Robert Morris volunteered that he played a role and that he and Mark Driscoll agreed Mark should step down for a season.
Then in 2015 suddenly, lo and behold, God told Driscoll to quit. Well, if God told Driscoll "a trap has been set" Driscoll's resignation could catalyze whatever that trap is. After all, in resigning in the way he did Mark Driscoll destroyed any last vestige of credibility he had as someone who would opt to live by the kind of submission to spiritual authority he'd spent his public career admonishing others to follow. And now? The "church" that exists in a box at a UPS Store in a mall in Phoenix, Arizona could be described in any number of ways but as Chris Rosebrough has put it, it's a corporation, not a church.
There's been some guesswork that Driscoll would re:brand and re:launch as soon as he could manage. At one point I'd guessed he'd rely on "covering" from people in Texas to re:locate to the OC. That was largely mistaken guesswork and yet with Jimmy Evans there does still seem to be a decent presence of the Lone Star State. One of the lessons learned from On Mission LLC is that Driscoll was willing to incorporate in Colorado while doing activity in another state, Washington, when the time came to roll out Real Marriage. Of course Driscoll's in Phoenix now and the UPS box that with "church" in the corporation name is also in a shopping center in Phoenix. But if the church is pending a launch in January Driscoll doesn't have the resources to pull off a launch. The place is in a mall. Rent theater space? That's been the "new" and edgy thing to do.