Learning, Growing, & Communicating Under CriticismFor the past several weeks, I have been planning to discuss the lessons I have learned from events and mistakes at Mars Hill Church on my website. Earlier this week, I wrote three separate blogs regarding the ResultSource decision in 2011 at Mars Hill. Today, I planned to focus on Mars Hill Global. However, last night I received a call to explain that Mars Hill’s former attorneys did not want me to post any more blogs and also to remove what has already been communicated this week.
Iron Sharpens IronIn a previous blog, I wrote that if you leave an organization because decisions are made that you do not agree with, then you should not go to social media and blog about it. If Mars Hill was still a church, I would not be discussing these things in a public way, but the church’s epic implosion was historic. In our modern day, a church of its size, influence, and scope has never failed in such a public way nor experienced such unprecedented circumstances. Unless, we study the leadership, events, decisions, victories, and failures—the whole history of Mars Hill Church—it may very well be repeated. My goal in discussing these events is to get a better and more full account of what transpired. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another,” and I believe that this is just such an opportunity for sharpening other believers. I want to spare another church from facing the challenges Mars Hill faced. I also want to spare another pastor and church family from walking through what we did.
As I’ve said, I do believe there are helpful lessons to be shared that might prevent what happened at Mars Hill from ever happening again. Consequently, I will not be able to fully comply with the request of Mars Hill’s former attorneys. However, I will rework the Global blog post content this weekend and remove many of the financial numbers that people are so eager to know.
So apparently we were going to get some numbers but Mars Hill's former attorneys did not want Turner to be posting anything at all about Mars Hill and requested that he removed what has already been published this week. Former attorney's? Curious ...
As Throckmorton has noted in a blog post discussing other details of the recent Turner post, there's some striking statements in it.
There are several stunning lines in this post. Here’s one:
There was actually a division on the Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) as some men wanted to put all the blame for both Global and ResultSource on me, but I am thankful for men who did not allow that.Turner closes with more surprises:
As I’ve said, I do believe there are helpful lessons to be shared that might prevent what happened at Mars Hill from ever happening again. Consequently, I will not be able to fully comply with the request of Mars Hill’s former attorneys. However, I will rework the Global blog post content this weekend and remove many of the financial numbers that people are so eager to know.What could possibly be the problem with releasing the numbers? How are Mars Hill Church’s former attorneys (plural?) even players at this point?
That there was internal division within the BoAA as to whether Turner should have been made the solitary scapegoat for whatever the scandal was for both Mars Hill Global and ResultSource is pretty amazing. Mars Hill had historically presented the idea that the elders were all in agreement. This could at various times turn out to not even be true but the illusion of unity could be important.Turner seems to have lifted the curtain a bit to show that in the midst of the RSI and Global controversies the BoAA split on the possibility of scapegoating Turner.
Turner has also indicated Mars Hill's former attorneys contacted him to ask that he not post more and take down what he's already posted. What for is a mystery, and why Mars Hill's former attorneys even have any interest or business in making such an overture is also mysterious. If they are NO LONGER Mars Hill's attorney's anyway whose attorney's are they that they should even care whether or not Turner would publish the financials associated with Mars Hill Global? On what basis could the as yet unidentified attorneys even have for discouraging Turner from presenting for public consideration what numbers were involved?
For those who may not remember what Wenatchee The Hatchet has had to say about Global, it seems the simplest way to clear everything up would be to just make the entire ledger of where every penny went available for public consideration. It's not so much "good people have nothing to hide" because everybody has something they'd at least rather not advertise, it's that doubt about Global was substantial enough that restoring trust would seem to be best served by 100% financial transparency, or so it would seem to Wenatchee The Hatchet.
But it looks like we won't be presented any of the numbers associated with Mars Hill Global/Go, or whatever it's called now.