Sunday, June 01, 2014

2009 Mark Driscoll sermon sheds some light on the earlier years of Mars Hill Global and its stated functions

While the sermon itself and the entire series of which it was a part have been removed a sermon that Wenatchee The Hatchet has referenced that was formerly available to the public has at least a little bit of information that may shed some light on the history of Mars Hill Global and what it was designed for for those who may be unfamiliar with it.  Arguably the most opaque and unfamiliar aspect of the Mars Hill orbit for outsiders (or even, perhaps, insiders) Mars Hill Global has been getting more promotion and fundraising attention from Mars Hill in the last few years.  Since the arrival of Sutton Turner the publicly shared face of Mars Hill Global seems to put some emphasis on the "global" part. 

This sermon cited below was the one in which Mark Driscoll said he didn't have a company on the side to manage the royalties from book sales.  It was also the sermon in which he publicly announced what has since become the standard delay between live preaching at one campus and playback at other campuses before the sermon was made available online for the general public.  Never actually transcribed (highly unusual in the history of sermons preached by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church) this sermon is something of a gold mine for announcements about significant projects at Mars Hill in the 2009 year.
Prophets, Priests and Kings
Trial: 8 witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter
May 3, 2009
1 Peter 5:1-5
starting about 0:47
... I have announcements for you.

First of all, kinda let you know what's going on at Mars Hill, Pastor Scott Thomas runs our Acts 29 church planting network along with Pastor Tar, Pastor Tyler Powell and that's going great. We give ten percent of our dollars [to] church planting. Acts 29 has 250 churches in the US, many, many, many more overseas. Our goal is to see over 1,000 churches planted within ten years. We're well on the way to that goal and that includes sending Pastor Jesse, who has been our campus pastor at Bellevue, to go plant in California. He's sensing that call on his life.

Pastor Mark (it's a different Pastor Mark), Pastor Mark up at the Shoreline campus, is going to go plant in Chicago, a new church, and Andrew Pack is planting in Seattle out of the Lake City campus. Some have asked, "Why start another church in Seattle?" Cuz we need a zillion and this will make two of them. We're well on our way to a zillion. We need lots of churches in Seattle and we praise God that Andrew and others want to plant churches. We're all for it. 

Additionally, is an initiative led by your Lead Pastor Jamie Munson and here's where we're going: from seven campuses of Mars Hill to a hundred; from upwards of 10,000 people on any given Sunday to 50,000 in the next ten years. Leading this is Pastor Rick Melson, one of our executive elders and he's a great guy. We stole him from John Piper in Minneapolis. I'll rephrase that, we borrowed him for a long time to the glory of God from John Piper in Minneapolis, and he [Melson] is also running the Resurgence Training Center--it's a school that will open in the fall so that we can have a leadership engine to train more campus pastors, church planters and potential elders. We're seeking fifty students for the fall term.

For all of this we will need to raise four million dollars above and beyond budget and Pastor Jamie has a really smart idea to take microgifts from a lot of our fans online. There's upwards of 20 million downloads of our sermons and content every year. [We're] asking those people who enjoy all that we give away to give some small gifts to help fund this global expansion and initiative. Many have asked--it's cool, we've recently had checks as large as ten thousand dollars--saying, "We love you. We listen to a lot of things. Here, how can we help?" So we're going to open that opportunity up. We're going to invite you to give as well, above and beyond your general tithes and offerings. And, amazingly enough, a generous donor stepped forward and said "I'll do a million-dollar matching fund. For everyone who gives any amount I'll match that up to the first million dollars." So that's the great kick-off. We praise God for that., you can check in there to get updates on where we're going, what we're doing and how we are expanding. That includes our newest campus, Mars Hill Albuquerque. We officially announce it today. We're going to New Mexico.  ...

At one point the Mars Hill Military Ministry was distinct from Mars Hill Global but it was absorbed into Mars Hill Global around April 2012 as previously documented by Wenatchee The Hatchet.  Since this material that has been quoted here at WtH has been pulled by MHC you're going to have trouble finding primary source documentation.

... Because of the enormous growth of this ministry, we are needing to make some changes that will allow us to keep up with the great number of orders that are flowing in. The Military Mission will now become part of our new Global Ministries department. Because distribution is a large part of what Mars Hill Military Mission does, this strategic move will allow us to send out more resources at a quicker, less expensive, and more efficient rate. We have also combined Global Ministries and Military Mission’s financial contributions to one account. This will not only simplify our accounting processes but it will enable our ministries to have more of a global impact. Those of you who are currently giving specifically to the Military Mission might ask “Will my donations still be funding the Military Mission?” Our answer would be, “Yes—and then some.”
Then again the Global Ministries department circa 2012 might actually have nothing to do with the Mars Hill Global Mark Driscoll seemed to describe in his 2009 sermon.  But in April 2012 someone at Mars Hill Church explained that Global Ministries and Military Mission's financial contributions were combined into one account.  This was said to simplify accounting processes and provide for the ministries to have more global impact.  Which could make it seem to an outsider as though Mars Hill Church absorbed a ministry or two into Mars Hill Global something-or-other into a single account of some kind. 

So the old sermon from the Trial sermon series in 2009 seems to have shed quite a bit of light on some things that have gotten some attention from other bloggers this year, whether Mars Hill Global or sermon editing and sermon broadcast delays online

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