Wednesday, October 15, 2014

a note on how members under disciplinary process, they can't resign, so we're totally sure the review process is done? Can we see the 200 pages? Thanks

For sake of review, here's article 11 on church discipline.   If the interviews and investigations pertaining to Mark Driscoll are well and truly done then he was not found to be under church discipline.  But if the conciliatory process (as opposed to the formal charges) isn't quite done and former staff have not been interviewed yet then wouldn't this article potentially apply?  How could Mark Driscoll be an officer and not also a "spiritual" member of the church.  For Mark Driscoll to have resigned in the way he has suggests the possibility that he has resigned membership from the only church he's said he's ever been part of and that was a church he started. 

ARTICLE II Church Discipline
Section 11.1 Church Discipline

The threefold purpose of church discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the local church, to edify and protect believers by deterring sin, and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct.

(a) Members of the Church and all other professing Christians who regularly attend or fellowship with the Church who err in doctrine, or who engage in conduct that violates Scripture as determined by any two or more elders, shall be subject to church discipline. Each potential case of discipline will be weighed on its own merits and dealt with according to Scripture.

(b) Members of the Church are not guaranteed confidentiality regarding issues of church discipline, and understand that in submitting themselves to the authority of the Church, issues of a sensitive or personal nature may become known to others. This includes, but is not limited to, notification of the authorities if a crime has been committed or if a real threat of endangerment to others exists, as well as other violations of Scripture that may not result in physical danger.

(c) Those who are members of the Church or who regularly participate in Church activities may be dismissed from the Church by the agreement of at least two elders. The dismissal of a Church member may be made known to all Church members.

(d) A person dismissed from the Church for disciplinary reasons may be reinstated to full membership if the person's repentance is accepted as genuine by the elder that oversaw that person's discipline.

(e) Each member of the Church and every other professing Christian who regularly attends or fellowships with the Church agrees that there shall be no appeal to any court because of a discipline process or dismissal. A member who is under discipline by the Church, as defined in the previous paragraphs, forfeits and waives the right to resign from the Church.  Resignation is possibly only be a member of the Church who is in good standing and who is not under any disciplinary action. 

(f) Separate and apart from the process of church discipline, but subject to the discretion and approval of any two or more elders, a member, non-member regular participant in Church activities, or other individual, maybe notified that he or she is not to be present upon Church premises or at Church activities for such a period of time as is deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of others. Such required absence may, but need not, be concurrent with church discipline of that person.

(g) Separate and apart from the process of church discipline, but subject to the discretion of any two or more elders, members who have not met all of the criteria of Church membership for a period of six months or longer may be removed as a member of the Church and may be asked to no longer attend the Church.

(h) Members may also be removed from the Church roll (i) by personal request of the member (except if that member is at the time of the request under church discipline by the Church): (ii) as a result of the transfer of the member's membership to another church; or (iii) as a result of the death of the member.

In other words, it's important that Driscoll be declared free of any ground for discipline or else by the bylaws at hand he shouldn't be allowed to resign membership from Mars Hill if he's under any kind of disciplinary review that is not yet complete. 


Driscoll resigning from the presidency/BoAA/executive eldership is not necessarily an indication he has resigned his membership from Mars Hill as a whole.  That remains to be seen.  It will be an opportunity to find out whether Driscoll is really going to stick with being part of Mars Hill regardless of whether he's running it or whether he's going to completely bail on the community he worked so long to shape.


It will be fun when the news cycle about Mars Hill slows down a bit, actually. Wenatchee The Hatchet is still planning to obliterate traffic to this blog by writing about esoteric and underappreciated composers like Matiegka and Rebay ... it's just that, well, you know, stuff happens.  And it's not like certain projects for other sites have actually come to an official end.  Couldn't help noticing that DC has greenlit a Wonder Woman feature film.  Great, so it only took how many decades?  And a Green Lantern reboot is ... a good idea.

1 comment:

Heartbroken said...

I was thinking about this and frankly, I doubt that this is the one rule that MD would suddenly start to follow even if he was found to be under discipline.

I think no matter what, if it wasn't turning out exactly the way he wanted it, he was going to try to control the outcome and that was only going to happen by him resigning if there was pushback of any kind on what he wanted.