Sunday, June 03, 2012

How Mars Hill acquired West Seattle: postscript--Acts29 and its Church Planting Scout in 2002

As you can see, Nicholas is listed as co-founder and was serving on the Executive Board.  Driscoll is listed as co-founder and was serving as church planting scout.

Dr. David Nicholas
Co-founder of Acts 29 Network
Currently serves on Executive Board
Boca Raton, Florida

Pastor Mark Driscoll
Co-founder of Acts 29 Network
Currently serves as Church Planting Scout
Seattle, Washington

Pastor Eric Brown
Church Planting Coordinator
Boca Raton, Florida

How do you do this over such long distance?
Driscoll: We talk all the time. David is my pastor [emphasis added]. He prays for me. He invests in me. He doesn't tell me what to do, but when he sees things in my character or theology that need to be challenged, he speaks to that very directly. I desperately need that. I tend to be stubborn and aggressive. I need someone strong speaking into my life, saying, "Think about this." But it has to be predicated on friendship and love.


Leadership Journal, Spring 2000

Generation to generation
How mentoring works for pastors
Mark Driscoll 

I'm a 29-year-old church planter in Seattle. A couple years ago I met David Nicholas, who lives in Boca Raton, Florida. He pastors a large church, Spanish River Presbyterian, that he planted 35 years ago, and he still has a heart for church planting. We developed a close mentoring friendship. I fly 
down to see David about four times a year, and he visits me each summer. We talk on the phone a couple times a week. He has walked me through some major issues in my life and ministry. [emphasis added]

I am now mentoring other church planters who have launched three daughter congregations out of our church. One is Ron Wheeler, a 23-year-old church planter with a congregation of 200 that already has had a daughter church, our granddaughter, as it were. That daughter church is led by a young man being mentored by Ron. 

David has interacted with all of these young planters. We've put together an entire network of church plantersÑfrom Omaha, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and other places. Each March, we gather with David in Florida for training and friendship. 

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.

All of this came out of a friendship between an older man and a younger man who share a love for church planting.

Mark Driscoll

There's a decent chance this is simply trivia, which it is, but it is interesting that when Clem planted the church that was Doxa and which has since become Mars Hill West Seattle, Mark Driscoll was the Church Planting Scout at Acts 29 in 2001 and 2002.  When he ended up being president or holding board positions I have not managed to find out yet.  

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