Saturday, June 21, 2014

Munson's path forward, and he managed to add the Oracle experience to his LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn, as you may well know, can be a bit squirrelly.  Munson was just an intern in 1999 and not an Executive Pastor ... but so it goes.

Storyville Coffee Company

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Food & Beverages industry
January 2012May 2014 (2 years 5 months) Seattle
A premium coffee brand that does same-day roasting and shipping of the highest-quality beans to our customers. Opening its first retail location at Pike Place Market in 2013.

Executive Pastor, President

Mars Hill Church

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
October 1999September 2011 (12 years) Seattle

Board Member / President

Ballard Chamber of Commerce

20032006 (3 years)



Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ORCL; Information Technology and Services industry
April 1998August 1999 (1 year 5 months)


Buca di Beppo

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; BUCA; Restaurants industry
October 1997August 1998 (11 months)
But he has added his time at Oracle to his profile in a way that's easy to spot.

He doesn't particularly highlight his time at Mars Hill in his page profile at his own

But, really, the only non-profit experience he ever had that was likely to get mentioned was Mars Hill leadership culture, whether as an in intern in 1999 or as a pastor circa 2005-2011 and things in between.  He doesn't have to say his experience in non-profit was nearly all about Mars Hill.  Still, it's worth remembering that when he became Lead Pastor in 2007 he proceeded to be part of the termination of Paul Petry and Bent Meyer because they didn't respect or trust his role and authority. 

Munson's embarking on a new chapter as of June 2014.

Moving forward as a management/leadership consultant it may be all the more important to pay a visit to Joyful Exiles to get a case study in correspondence attesting to one of the earliest incidents in Munson's leadership.  Munson has, to date, never provided a particularly clear case for why the firings of Meyer and Petry were both inevitable and necessary.  Maybe they were but the evidence has yet to be made available to the public and the reason the evidence would matter is that because Munson issued a shunning edict.  Munson also proposed that the 2007 by-laws that he drafted were necessary because the older by-laws co-drafted by Munson and Petry (if memory serves) somehow weren't adequately architected for a multi-site campus.  Except that if you go look at the 2005 and 2007 bylaws there's no significant language in the 2007 bylaws about campus governance or administration compared to the 2005 bylaws.  What the 2007 bylaws did have was a shrinking of the executive elder board, a general expansion of its powers, and the innovation of making the Lead Pastor (not the preaching and/or vision pastor) legal president of the organization. 

But obscure though those early years at Oracle may be it's good they were added back in.  It helps to show that however minimal his non-Mars Hill experience is compared to his Mars Hill experience it shows that his background pre-MH was a little more diverse than previously listed.

Unfortunately for Munson's path as a leadership consultant, the documentation at Joyful Exiles of how he handled the 2007 terminations and Mark Driscoll's sharing the eventual systemic deficits at every campus of MH under Munson's tenure as legal president may be what's left as external testimony to Munson's leadership legacy at MH.  If Munson aims to be a consultant on leadership and management what has been shared by even Mark Driscoll from the pulpit over the last two to four years might give someone pause as to the fiscal legacy of MHC under Munson's presidential tenure.  Mark Driscoll shared from the pulpit that it wasn't that anyone sinned (on staff) but that MHC had a financial model that wasn't viable for the long-term future.

"... it's not that anybody has sinned, or done anything wrong, or is in trouble it's just that we had an economic model that wasn't sustainable for our future."
What's unfortunate is that if the same were said about rank and file members is that if you were chronically in debt if you weren't in sin you might be asked if you were being a poor steward of your financial resources.  If as Driscoll took pains to say in later 2011 that Munson was above reproach as he always had been then at the very least systemic deficits at every campus that had developed under Munson's presidential tenure since 2007 might at least raise some questions about what was going on, right?  Maybe it wasn't sinful or perhaps nothing was being done wrong but in the film God's Work, Our Witness Mark Driscoll said MH had historically stunk at giving.  That "could" be true but anyone who saw the deficit numbers might also ask whether part of the challenge was the level of spending being done by MH.  Spending got dialed back but that would at least imply the possibility that MH leadership figured out that they could reassess their expense priorities. 

That the important letters regarding Munson's resignation are no longer even up is just a puzzle.

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