By "few" I suppose I should clarify that lately Mark Driscoll doesn't mention Mars Hill at all, as if someone were trying to invoke twenty some years of ministry experience without ever once mentioning where the ministry was being done.
In 1996, a pastor named Mark Driscoll started a new church in Seattle called Mars Hill. Mars Hill Church grew rapidly, and in 2006 decided to plant its very first remote campus, a video location called Mars Hill Shoreline. The pastor who launched the new location, Steve Tompkins, put it this way: “God kept bringing more people to hear the gospel. Even five Sunday services [in Ballard] back-to-back didn’t address our need for more space.”
God did many amazing things in and through Mars Hill Shoreline: people were saved, hundreds were baptized, families were started, lives were transformed. However, there were also many issues that built up over the years which all came to a head in 2014, a year of great difficulty for the church. Facing mounting criticism as the church investigated formal charges against him, Mark Driscoll submitted his resignation as vision and preaching pastor on October 14, 2014. Shortly afterward, it was announced that each local campus of Mars Hill would have the opportunity to launch out as their own fully independent church.
After much prayer and discussion, the elder team of Mars Hill Shoreline did make the decision to re-plant Mars Hill Shoreline as Sound City Bible Church. The elders made the commitment to learn from the sins and mistakes of the church in the past while focusing on a fresh vision to help people hear the good news of Jesus all throughout the north end of the greater Seattle area.
Sound City Bible Church is not simply Mars Hill carrying on under a new name. It is a new church with a new elder team, a new doctrinal statement, a new mission and a new set of values. This church has been through some difficult times, but through it all is more convinced than ever that Jesus truly is the one who is worth placing ultimate hope in. We hope and pray that God would give us many years together to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus, receiving grace, being disciples, and making disciples.
That's a for instance. Not all the churches highlight at such length their history of foundation as Mars Hill campuses during the era of Mars Hill.
formerly West Seattle
Portland, see merger news with Door of Hope, functionally assimilated/closed
Cross and Crown church was in the news in later 2017 because of an arrest in connection to threats of shooting.
When I reviewed Justin Dean's book PR Matters I noted that he said that there was a time MH was almost in a crisis mode out of concern that someone who shot up a Christian school might have gotten linked to Mars Hill but that's trivia. The main thing is that a church that doesn't exist can't show up in Seattle headlines over a shooting threat.
Finally ... what used to be Mars hill Albequerque
The U-District and Downtown Seattle campuses consolidated and joined Ballard, which became Cross and Crown.
Sammamish merged with ... I think it might have been Cross & Crown, too, but I'm not entirely sure about that.
The former Mars Hill Orange County became Mars Hill Huntington Beach before it closed down.
Mars Hill Phoenix closed, too, and these campuses consolidated or closed in 2014 as Mars Hill collapsed.
Mars Hill Portland has agreed to assimilation into Door of Hope Church, which we've been keeping track of earlier this year.
So most of the campuses managed to actually survive the implosion of Mars Hill. Most of this information can be conveyed quickly with links to the names of the campuses. Nine of 14 or 15 campuses means that more than half of the campuses that were Mars Hill managed to survive the collapse and are still operational. Depending on how we interpret things all the campuses that assimilated survived, too, just in a different way, so very few of the campuses died as cultures that we can establish even if they did end as corporations registered with a secretary of state register.
Justin Dean indicated in an interview I can't dig up just yet that the funds were disbursed to the individual campuses to relaunch as churches. Since I can't remember which interview it was he said that I can't provide it right now but in any case the existence of the churches testifies that they survived whether we want to get into details or not. The ones that didn't survive, with the exception of Portland, were campuses that were in death spirals the year Mark resigned as best I can recall.
While Driscoll had a few stories about how and why he resigned from 2015 up into 2017 there's been very little mention of Mars Hill in the year the new book is getting rolled out. It might not be a surprise if there's no mention of Mars Hill at all in Spirit-Filled Jesus but I'll have to actually read the book to find that out.