Saturday, April 21, 2018

Christianity Today has new piece on the Hybels situation ... the blink and you miss it thing about "his jet" is hard to ignore, that and that Mark DeMoss is saying stuff on behalf of Willow Creek

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/april/bill-hybels-willow-creek-promises-investigation-allegations.html

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Once the deal was done, Girkins says Hybels insisted on meeting with her personally throughout the publishing process, rather than working with her staff.
 
That meant a number of one-on-one meetings: often at his beach home in Michigan, on his yacht, on his jet, or at restaurants near Hybels’s summer home. During those meetings, the conversations often got personal, she said. And at times inappropriate.
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on his yacht?  on his jet?  Rock star pastors with rock star gear ... reportedly acting like ... rock stars ...
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The church also said it has investigated all past claims it has received—and will try to meet with those who have made allegations.
 
“In recent weeks, many of us have persistently requested meetings with people mentioned or quoted in media accounts, but our efforts have been unsuccessful,” the church told CT in its earlier statement.
 
“The church will listen,” said Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for Willow. “All I can say is, try us and see.”
 
Why does that name ring bells?
 
Maybe ...
 
 
Church Leaders and Pastors Praying for The Trinity Church
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Mark DeMoss – Founder
DeMoss Public Relations
 
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Then there's this piece from November 2014
 
http://online.wsj.com/articles/sarah-pulliam-bailey-how-the-cussin-pastor-got-into-megatrouble-1415924941
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'The same rough edges that can land you in hot water are the very same things that attracted, in some cases, tens of thousands of people to you in the first place,' Mark DeMoss, whom Mars Hill hired to do public relations for six months before Mr. Driscoll’s resignation, told me."
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Justin Dean could, perhaps, be in a position to confirm or deny that Mars Hill Church hired Mark DeMoss to do public relations for them or what the nature of said hiring, if confirmed, involved.  Since Mars Hill Church was dissolved and is no more it's not clear that ... actually, it seems pretty clear that if your church is hiring someone like Mark DeMoss something has gone wildly wrong, probably at a foundational level.  But if DeMoss himself confirmed that he was hired by Mars Hill to do public relations for them for six months before Mark Driscoll's resignation that's a reminder of an observation I couldn't help making while I was writing a review of Justin Dean's book PR Matters, the problems Mars Hill Church had as a church and as a leadership culture were beyond the pale of anything that could be solved by even an actually good-to-fantastic PR professional.  There was no way Justin Dean was going to prevail where Mark DeMoss might have failed.
 
Not coincidentally, DeMoss is still listed as a supporter of Mark Driscoll's new church and there's still this complement paid to Mark Driscoll's realistic sense of vision.
 
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/21/mars-hill-s-controversial-pastor-mark-driscoll-is-back-with-a-new-megachurch-in-phoenix.html
02.20.16 9:01 PM ET
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Driscoll’s new website lists more than two dozen church leaders who are “praying for The Trinity Church.” Among them is Mark DeMoss, owner of a Christian public relations firm who worked for Mars Hill in 2014 during the church’s many crises. DeMoss is not working for The Trinity Church, but said he’s just trying to “be a friend,” and offered insight into what he says are Driscoll’s plans.


“I think he’s very realistic and he realizes that he might launch a church speaking to 100 people. I don’t think he’s under any big idea that he’s going to open the doors and have a megachurch immediately. But, I think he has the potential to do that again.” [emphasis added]

Although DeMoss wouldn’t name anyone in particular, he says Driscoll “spent a considerable amount of time reaching out to people that he knew or thought he had offended or hurt in some way and did whatever he could do to right those relationships. He’s had some success with that, but there have been some people who were not receptive to a restored relationship.”
But here we are in 2018 and Spirit-Filled Jesus, to be published by Charisma House, is on the way. DeMoss was certainly welcome to believe Mitt Romney was the bee's knees but let's recall how things panned out for Romney in the 2008 election. 
 
So if DeMoss is saying stuff on behalf of Willow Creek that's hardly reassuring. 

1 comment:

chris e said...

If you hang out with high powered CEOs (like Jack Welch as an instance of someone who spoke at one of their leadership conferences), it's not surprising that you start to act like them.