Tuesday, November 03, 2015

the stories that aren't told in the story that's told, comparing what Mark Driscoll Ministries says for Driscoll's ministry-starting legacy compared to what's been said about him by said ministries, the ones that still exist anyway

Sometimes a story is interesting for what it leaves out.


Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

Pastor Mark is the author of many books, including; A Call to Resurgence, Who Do You Think You Are, and Real Marriage. He has also written for CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post, and has been featured as a columnist for The Seattle Times.

With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and unrelenting compassion for those who are hurting the most—particularly women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault—Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.

Various ministries trace their roots to Pastor Mark’s leadership. Mars Hill Church began as a Bible study he and his wife Grace taught in their home. He is also the founder of Resurgence, a ministry that offers resources for Christian leaders, including books, events, classes, multimedia, and a blog. He is the co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, which has planted over 400 churches in the US and 13 other nations. In 2010, following a cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Pastor Mark helped found Churches Helping Churches . The organization raised $2.7 million in funds and delivered an additional $1.7 million in medical supplies to the devastated country.

A couple of things.  We may want to start these in reverse order.

For Churches Helping Churches Driscoll had some connection to it. there's a letter to peruse if you wish over here
27-1747541Churches Helping ChurchesElginIL United States


Reg. Number:01057885
Reg. Date:02/17/2010
ELGIN IL 60123

If you go click on the button indicating 2012 financial statement ... item not found.

There's perhaps some mention of Mark Driscoll's essential role in the foundation and continued existence of Churches Helping Churches somewhere and you're welcome to go looking for it.

The ministry/charity still seems to exist, though, which is a bit more than can be said about Mars Hill or its membership in Acts 29.  For those who forgot, Acts 29 gave Mars Hill the boot from membership in the organization Mark Driscoll says he helped put together.  Why?  Mark Driscoll's unrepentant sin was apparently the explanation.


On Friday, Acts 29 cited similar concerns in removing Driscoll and Mars Hill from its membership, stating it "leaned on the [BOAA] to take the lead in dealing with" controversies related to Driscoll, but "no longer believe[s] the BOAA is able to execute the plan of reconciliation originally laid out." [CT previously reported below on Acts 29's full statement.]

Meanwhile, the two remaining external members of Mars Hill's BOAA—chairman Michael Van Skaik and Larry Osborne, a multisite pioneer and president of the North Coast Training Network—on Friday defended the board's ability to oversee Driscoll, stating, "We are making real progress in addressing the serious reconciliation and unhealthy culture issues that have been a part of Mars Hill Church for way too long."
Another BOAA member who last month announced his resignation from the board (pending a replacement being selected), James MacDonald, also defended Driscoll, stating that he "found [Driscoll] to be exemplary in his current readiness to live under the BOAA oversight."

Exemplary right up until October 16, 2014?  And where is Mars Hill today?  In dissolution.

Well, hey, Mark Driscoll did step down from ministry.  He stepped down from ministry after he says he agreed to submit to a restoration plan proposed to him by his board but, hey, he stepped down, didn't he?

Good luck finding this

Because it bumps to another page now.

But with a little help we can see what the leadership of Acts 29 had to say about Mark Driscoll about a year ago ...
August 8, 2014

It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.
The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

Matt Chandler
Darrin Patrick
Steve Timmis
Eric Mason
John Bryson
Bruce Wesley
Leonce Crump

So while the leadership of A29 wasn't willing to say what Driscoll was accused of they seemed pretty confident Driscoll in essence confirmed the legitimacy of the accusations, or that's how it reads now.  Or would, if A29 had kept the statement up.  Good luck finding even one word about Mark Driscoll at A29 these days.  While Driscoll seems willing to share how he co-founded Acts 29, it doesn't seem as though Acts 29 is particularly eager to return the favor.

So if Churches Helping Churches exists and Acts 29 Network publicly burned bridges with Mars Hill as a whole and Mark Driscoll in particular, what about The Resurgence?  Well the low-key death spiral of the Resurgence Training Center was something of a mystery clouded in non-talk but The Resurgence content, well ...


Thank you for visiting the theresurgence.com. 
Mark Driscoll Ministries recently purchased The Resurgence and all of its assets in a public auction conducted by a law firm. We are excited to reestablish this site, but it will be some time before we are able to catalogue and determine what will happen with the content. In the meantime, if you would like the latest information on The Resurgence and Pastor Mark Driscoll please visit
http://markdriscoll.org. The site contains his latest Bible teaching, speaking calendar, and an option to sign up for weekly updates via the newsletter. You can also follow @pastormark on twitter.

Which public auction? Maybe you were able to attend it, dear reader. 

It will be interesting to see what material, if any, from Mark Driscoll's good friend and pastorly doctor John Catanzaro may make it up on to the re:vived Resurgence platform.

So at this point there isn't a re:surgent Resurgence just yet.  The ministries that Mark Driscoll has publicly mentioned playing a hand in starting don't exist or have even publicly repudiated him.  Mars Hill Church?  It only exists in a pro forma way as a kind of holding company according to one of its former executive elders.  And the leadership of Mars Hill even expressed regret that the possibility of a restoration process for Mark Driscoll was cut off by Driscoll's resignation. 

As for those interview highlights, why doesn't Mark Driscoll Ministries highlight the most significant interview of his career?  You know, that one with Janet Mefferd. 

1 comment:

Sonja said...

There's so much pious, humble smarm coming from MDM (can't type the name out). Thank you for keeping an eye on him ... Lord knows that I just can't. I almost miss the angry Driscoll compared to the new incarnation.

Almost five years since I left after almost ten invested. Played me like a fiddle. And to be honest, I learned more about him and his family than I ever did about Jesus.