Friday, August 01, 2014

report of pending transitions in the MH BOAA

It may look something approximately like this:

Upcoming Changes to the BOAA

Dr. Paul Tripp joined our Board of Advisors and Accountability in November 2013 and has been an immense help to our leaders over the past year. Dr. Tripp has extensive experience in discipleship and Biblical counseling. Earlier this month, we made the decision together to open the opportunity for him to work with greater focus on issues directly related to his expertise, namely the continued development of our community and redemption ministries.

Because simultaneously being a board member and a consultant does not allow for the required definition of “independence," Dr. Tripp graciously submitted his resignation from the BOAA in early June, so that he can more extensively serve our church as a consultant. We are excited to continue this work with him, and are thankful for his continued support of Mars Hill Church.

Similarly, Pastor James MacDonald informed the board at the July meeting of his decision to transition from his current role on the board pending his replacement. Pastor James has been a great help in forming the current board’s direction, and we are very grateful for his time and wisdom over the last several years. About this transition he commented, “I have great love and affection for Mars Hill Church and I want to make clear this change is not because I am unhappy with Mark’s response to board accountability. On the contrary, I have found him to be exemplary in his current readiness to live under the BOAA oversight. I am not resigning because I doubt Mark’s sincerity in any way. I believe in Mark Driscoll and his heart to leverage difficult lessons in service to Christ and his church in the years ahead. I am excited to continue to support that trajectory as Mark’s friend, as I focus my efforts on Harvest Bible Fellowship.”

About these transitions, Pastor Mark shared, “I am thankful for the service of both Paul and James, two men I admire and respect. Their service on our board has been a blessing to me and Mars Hill Church in countless ways. The amount of hours they have given as volunteers is extraordinary, especially in light of their other ministry demands."

Candidates are currently being interviewed to replace these open board positions. They will be submitted before the Full Council of Elders for their approval as soon as possible.

So it looks like there's word circulating that both Tripp and MacDonald are transitioning out.  Tripp is transitioning out so as to serve as a consultant to Mars Hill.  Last time this blog discussed MacDonald at any length might have been this post over here, in which it was noted that James MacDonald was observed with Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner and Mark Driscoll when Driscoll crashed the Strange Fire conference last year.  Michael Van Skaik was on the board of Ministry Coaching International circa 2007 during the controversial 2006-2007 re-org and has since transitioned through being a Mars Hill pastor into no longer being a MH pastor who served at a campus and on a finance committee to being on the BOAA.  Tripp's transition from BOAA member to consultant was so swift one could wonder what the purpose of the transitional stage was, unless it's possible that the current advisory/consultant role was not proposed or planned until recently, which is certainly a possibility.

Let's remember that Larry Osborne (who's slated to preach in a couple of weeks, correct?) had an advisory role in the 2006-2007 re-org.  It's a little difficult to understand in what meaningful sense, now, any of the members of the BOAA have at a practical level in being independent of Mars Hill in terms of history.  But perhaps tha tcan be cleared up soon.

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