Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mark Driscoll to be a guest speaker at Stronger Men conference April 28-29 2017, plenty of time to ask Eric Mason how he's set to speak at a conference alongside Driscoll after signing off on booting MH and MD from A29

in November 2015 we looked at how Mark Driscoll's been okay with talking about his role in co-founding Acts 29 but not necessarily how Acts 29 kicked out Mars Hill and asked him to step down. It seems in the end even Acts 29 became reticent to keep up for the public's consideration that this was the case.  Four years ago Matt Chandler was talking about how much he wanted Mark Driscoll on the Acts 29 Board.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/no-vision-shift-after-mark-driscoll-leaves-acts-29-leadership-73047/
By Alex Murashko
April 11, 2012


Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll announced that he was stepping down from the reins of Acts 29 late last month to make room for Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church in Highland Village in Texas. Driscoll remains on the organization's current three-member board which also includes The Journey's (St. Louis, Mo.) lead pastor, Darrin Patrick. The group's headquarters will move from Seattle to Dallas.
...
"I want him on the board. He's a great advantage to the men, the movement, and the network as a whole," Chandler told CP when asked about Driscoll. "I think culturally and theologically he has some spectacular gifts. Driscoll will absolutely remain on the board. He would gladly step off if he thought that was best for the network. I don't think anybody believes that's best for the network." ...


Of course that was in 2012, before controversies surrounding topics like plagiarism and Result Source emerged.  Now back when I wrote this:
http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2012/04/chandler-on-mars-hill-a29-was-so-kind.html

One concern I had was that it seemed as if by April 2012 the trajectory of Acts 29's executive board was that it was increasingly dominated by Mars Hill leadership.  Since that time a different concern has emerged, which is the question of the extent to which Acts 29 leadership claimed to know there were character issues with Mark Driscoll but didn't do or say anything observable about it until about 2014.  "If" Acts 29 leadership was aware of problems with Mark Driscoll why wasn't something done prior to 2014?   We can grant there may not be an answer for that.

But it's worth asking, after all this historical review, why people with Acts 29 connections would invite Mark Driscoll to speak now and for future engagements.

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

Now it could be said individual members/associates of Acts 29 in its member churches could have the luxury of deciding to book Driscoll or not.

But take this conference coming up next year:

http://strongermen.org/details
Conference Details
April 28th-29th, 2017
This year we will be moving to JQH Arena


http://strongermen.org/speakers/eric-mason
... Dr. Mason serves on the Executive Board of the Acts 29 Network [emphasis added] as well as the board of Reach Life Ministries and has been graced by God to preach and teach at churches and conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Mason holds earned degrees in Psychology from Bowie State University (B.S. 1995), a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM 2000), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree form Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min 2007).


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

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/08/acts29-removes-driscoll-and-mh-makes.html

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, question, ,even if we grant that the host of the conference has every right to schedule guest speakers as he will, how might Eric Mason feel things are going for living out his words in deeds if he's scheduled to speak as one of the keynote speakers at a conference in 2017 alongside the Mark Driscoll who, with Mason speaking as an Acts 29 board member, said needed to step down from ministry and get help?  Was this Eric Mason not one of the men who decided it was best to kick Mars Hill out of Acts 29 on account of Mark Driscoll's problematic words and deeds?

Perhaps Eric Mason could field questions about this stuff, and why Acts 29 took down its announcements regarding Driscoll and what that might mean.  It could make him a, you know, stronger man.

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