Friday, January 01, 2016

Acts 29 affiliated North Valley Church advertises upcoming Jan 3, 2016 Mark Driscoll speaking engagement, Acts 29 public statements calling for Driscoll resignation

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/august/acts-29-removes-mars-hill-asks-mark-driscoll-matt-chandler.html
8/8/2014 reporting by Ruth Moon

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Hoping that "the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored," the Acts 29 church planting network founded by Mark Driscoll has removed the Seattle pastor and his Mars Hill megachurch from membership.

“It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network,” said Acts 29 in an online statement signed by Matt Chandler and other board members of the network of 500 churches.
 
Acts 29 came to the drastic decision "with deep sorrow," according to the statement. "In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored."

Well that online statement mentioned by Moon is gone.  However ... the brief statement can be accessed by way of ...

https://web.archive.org/web/20140810083820/http://www.acts29network.org/acts-29-blog/a-message-from-the-board-of-acts-29-concerning-mark-driscoll-and-mars-hill-church/

A Message from the Board of Acts 29 concerning Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.

The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Matt Chandler
Darrin Patrick
Steve Timmis
Eric Mason
John Bryson
Bruce Wesley
Leonce Crump

There's a bit more on an expanded form of the announcement over here:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/08/08/acts-29-network-removes-co-founder-mark-driscoll-and-mars-hill-church-from-membership/

Mark,

As the Board of Acts 29, we are grateful to God for the leadership, courage, and generosity of both you and Mars Hill in not only founding the network but also sustaining it through the transition to this board three years ago. The very act of giving away your authority over the network was one of humility and grace, and for that we are grateful.

Over the past three years, our board and network have been the recipients of countless shots and dozens of fires directly linked to you and what we consider ungodly and disqualifying behavior. We have both publicly and internally tried to support and give you the benefit of the doubt, even when multiple pastors in our network confirmed this behavior. In response, we leaned on the Mars Hill Board of Advisors & Accountability to take the lead in dealing with this matter. But we no longer believe the BoAA is able to execute the plan of reconciliation originally laid out. Ample time has been given for repentance, change, and restitution, with none forthcoming.

We now have to take another course of action. Based on the totality of the circumstances, we are now asking you to please step down from ministry for an extended time and seek help. Consequently, we also feel that we have no alternative but to remove you and Mars Hill from membership in Acts 29. Because you are the founder of Acts 29 and a member, we are naturally associated with you and feel that this association discredits the network and is a major distraction.

We tell you this out of love for you, Mars Hill, Acts 29, and most significantly, the cause of Christ, and we would be irresponsible and deeply unloving not to do so in a clear and unequivocal manner. Again, we want you to know that we are eternally thankful for what you as a man and Mars Hill as a church have meant to our network. However, that cannot dissuade us from action. Instead, it gives added significance and importance to our decision.

We hope and pray that you see this decision as the action of men who love you deeply and want you to walk in the light—for your good, the good of your family, and the honor of your Savior. Shortly after sending this, we will be informing the members of Acts 29, your Board of Advisors and Accountability, and your elders, as well as putting out a public statement on the Acts 29 website. It brings us no joy to move forward in this direction, and we trust that the Lord will be at work in all of this.

In sorrow and with hope,

The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Matt Chandler
Darrin Patrick
Steve Timmis
Eric Mason
John Bryson
Bruce Wesley
Leonce Crump

A response from MH's BoAA is recorded over here:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/08/08/mars-hill-church-board-reacts-to-being-removed-from-acts-29-network/

But it will be tricky to find active links at Acts 29's web presence that articulate these points.  Acts 29 has not, so far as can be established, rescinded or retracted anything it stated for the public record regarding Mark Driscoll.

That is worth bearing in mind in light of a recent twitter contribution by an Acts 29 affiliated church.

https://twitter.com/NValleyChurch/status/682602249634365440

Join us on Sunday, Jan 3rd, at 9am at Harkins with guest speaker, Pastor Mark Driscoll.

8:40 AM - 31 Dec 2015  

Which is also confirmed on the Driscoll side of things
http://markdriscoll.org/events/north-valley-community-church/

NORTH VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
January 3, 2016
  9:00 am
  HARKINS THEATRES AT NORTERRA
  2550 West Happy Valley Road
 Phoenix, AZ 85085

Pastor Mark will be preaching at North Valley Community Church for their 9:00 AM service.
 For more information, visit their website.

http://northvalleychurch.org/network

One of the networks the church is affiliated with is ...
http://www.acts29.com/find-churches/#church-6756

Did Mark Driscoll step down from ministry at Mars Hill in October 2014 in a way that was considered sufficiently repentant enough that Acts 29 churches are able to proceed with a green light featuring Mark Driscoll as a featured speaker?  Did Acts 29 get some report the public does not yet have access to regarding findings about Mark Driscoll?  Does the board of Acts 29 Network consider Mark Driscoll to have resigned in a godly way?  Is it okay for member churches of the Acts 29 to feature Mark Driscoll as a guest speaker?

Now the church has a number of networks they associate with but since they are associated with the Acts 29 Network in addition to those networks and it's been more than a year since Mark Driscoll resigned and it's also been more than a year since Acts 29 leadership requested that Mark Driscoll not only step down from ministry but seek help ... would A29 people verify what kidn of help they wanted Driscoll to get?  Would they be willing to confirm whether or not Mark Driscoll has sought the sort of help they recommended?  Can North Valley formulate an explanation for its apparent invitation to Driscoll to be a featured speaker in light of what was reported as a matter of public record regarding Mark Driscoll's history with Acts 29 and the request on the part of A29 leadership that Mark Driscoll step down from ministry?

7 comments:

Dan said...

How is he still "Pastor Mark" who or what can he be said to pastor these days?

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

well, there's the recently incorporated The Trinity Church that can meet in a ... mailbox in a UPS store in Phoenix, Arizona.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/12/13/mark-driscoll-listed-as-director-of-newly-incorporated-the-trinity-church-in-phoenix/

There may be a piece of real estate that's been lined up for a meeting place but the current listed address is a mailbox inside a UPS store in a mall complex.

21001 N Tatum Blvd Ste 1630-434
Phoenix, AZ 85050

It would seem that Somebody doesn't need the nobody to tell everybody about him in a way that's STILL cribbing and truncating a line from Denver Moore with insufficient credit. Denver Moore's formulation was he was a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody so the catchphrase is still second-hand and truncated and could give credit where it's due.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

was it Chris Rosebrough who recently pointed out that the thing about this Trinity Church is that it isn't exactly a church, it's a corporation that features the word "church" in the company name.

Anonymous said...

So, did the Acts 29 Network "rehabilitate" the unrepentant Driscoll after they kicked him and his church out for behavior unbecoming to a minister of the gospel and not meeting the biblical requirements for an elder?

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

good question, if not answerable here. A29 affiliated churches can seem to be able to do whatever they want and unless someone in leadership at a site does something that's considered reason to remove a leader it's not clear that anything gets done. It's not even clear that if an A29 leader did something to warrant removal the leader would get removed but perhaps A29 leadership can clear things up if someone they think actually maters addresses the question in a public forum? Nobody hold the breath just yet there.

Anonymous said...

This church did not renew their A29 covenant. They are no longer part of the network

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

well, that would certainly clarify some things.