Monday, February 22, 2016

Throckmorton: Driscoll gives presentation at Grace City Church in Wenatchee, an Acts 29 affiliate, which is a reminder that Acts 29 leadership ejected Mars Hill and requested Mark Driscoll get help to address sin in his life

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2016/02/22/brief-note-mark-driscoll-on-becoming-a-godly-man/#comment-2529855281

What's been fascinating is that Acts 29 seems to have gone silent about having ever publicly addressed the issue of Mark Driscoll's conduct as pastor at Mars Hill Church.  This in spite of the fact that what they had to say in 2014 was easy to document.  Now?  Scarcely a trace.  Well, we'll have to revisit some material

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. [emphasis added] 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. [emphasis added]

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. [emphasis added]

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

So if the executive level leadership of Acts 29 said "X" couldn't it be construed that McPherson has said "not X" by featuring Driscoll at Grace City Church in Wenatchee?

There's two core questions here.

1) why has Acts 29 become so coy about what they were once so publicly firm about in 2014?
2) if Acts 29 leadership hasn't changed their mind and Acts 29 associates were informed of the reasons to consider Mark Driscoll no longer fit for ministry why did Josh McPherson or associates extend a speaking engagement to Mark Driscoll?

2 comments:

Mike the Professor said...

The reason people get so confused about what Driscoll and Acts 29 are doing is perhaps because they start from the wrong presumptions. If you presume that they love Jesus and have a few of the fruits of the Spirit, their actions are completely inscrutable. But if you begin with the presumption that not only do they not love Jesus, but that they hate Him, and as an expression of this hatred they are attempting to: 1). Discredit Him as much as humanly possible, 2). Persecute His people as viciously and completely as they can, and 3a). Cynically enrich gthemselves and set up a system in which they create as much narcissistic supply to live out their sadistic fantasies as possible, everything suddenly seems to fall into place and make perfect sense.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Presuming, however popular it is on the internet with people, is not very prudent.