Monday, August 08, 2016

two years ago today Acts 29 removed Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll from its roster, citing a precedent of Driscoll displaying disqualifying behavior

But since Acts 29 took the removal notice down ...

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

Then here we are two years later and Darrin Patrick himself was removed from Acts 29 and eldership at The Journey.

and today the board is ...

Board of Directors

Matt Chandler     President
Steve Timmis      Executive Director  
Brian Howard      Board Chair
Doug Logan        Board Vice Chair
Bruce Wesley      Board Secretary
Brian Walck        Board Treasurer
Dwayne Bond     Board
Gareth Paul         Board
Ryan Kwon         Board

There's a bit of turnover in that board in the last two years.  Most notable is the absence of Eric Mason, who is still scheduled to be a keynote speaker alongside Mark Driscoll at the 2017 Stronger Man conference.

You would think that if Mason was on the Acts 29 Network board that decided Mark Driscoll had disqualified himself from ministry that speaking at a conference where the guy is a guest "might" be a problem, but apparently it isn't.

And it has become apparent that Acts 29 scrubbed out any statements from 2 years ago as to their removal of Mars Hill from A29 or their talk about Mark Driscoll having disqualified himself from ministry. 

Does anyone at the Acts 29 board have any clarifying comments about what they think of Mark Driscoll continuing in ministry?  After all, earlier this year an Acts 29 affiliated church hosted Mark Driscoll as a guest speaker.

Note that in the Acts 29 statement the board said that most of the accusations that had been made against Mark Driscoll had been confirmed by none other than Mark Driscoll himself, and that the gravity of those accusations meant that, well, it was time for Acts 29 Network to divest itself of any formal association between itself and either Mark Driscoll or Mars Hill. 


Some regular readers may recall ... that when we looked back at the history of Acts 29 there was an announcement of a launch.
David and I are now partnering to launch a mentoring organization for young church planters called the Acts 29 Network. We began with 11 churches in the U.S., some overseas, and we're getting several requests weekly from young pastors wanting to join. David and I invest in them theologically, financially, and personally.

By the time the following book hit print, and we should keep in mind sometimes books take a year or more to get written, edited, and hit the presses for distribution, there was at least one written account of the origin of Acts 29 in which Mark Driscoll didn't seem to get any observable mention at all.


Tom Telford
copyright 2001 by Tom Telford
Published by Baker Books

ISBN 0-8010-6381-7

from page 69

Acts 29 Network. With things moving well with the network of church-planting pastors, Pastor Nicholas felt led of God to start a new network of churches that wasn't directly part of the denomination. He decided to call it the Acts 29 network and wrote up guidelines: the planted churches should be theologically Reformed, have a heart for church planting, and prmoise that when they become self-supporting, theyw ill pay back the amount that was given to them to initially begin, and put 10 percent of their income into new church plants.

As he shared the idea with the church and others, almost right away, ten established churches responded enthusiastically and committed to the Acts 29 Network, agreeing to sponsor church plants. A Network agreement was drawn up to show the relationship between Spanish River Church and the church plant. The agreement requires reports for financial and leadership accountability.

The history of Acts 29 has not exactly been written for the record beyond promotional copy, so it remains to be seen whether, at length, it can be established that Mark Driscoll's involvement in co-founding Acts 29 Network went beyond putting his name on it.

Meanwhile there's a mystery as to why Acts 29 walked back its statement from two years ago regarding Mark Driscoll.  If by the account of the Board the accusations against Mark Driscoll had been confirmed by Driscoll himself as being based on legitimate observation, then it would seem the declarations of the Acts 29 leadership should still stand.

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