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Breaking News: Pastor Mark Driscoll Resigns

15 Oct

The picture portrays my heart toward the breaking news posted on the Mars Hill Website!

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disappointed-3On Tuesday, October 14, Pastor Mark Driscoll submitted his resignation as an elder and lead pastor of Mars Hill Church. The Board of Overseers has accepted that resignation and is moving forward with planning for pastoral transition, recognizing the challenge of such a task in a church that has only known one pastor since its founding. We ask for prayer for the journey ahead.

As is well known, inside and outside of Mars Hill, Pastor Mark has been on a leave of absence for nearly two months while a group of elders investigated a series of formal charges brought against him. This investigation had only recently been concluded, following some 1,000 hours of research, interviewing more than 50 people and preparing 200 pages of information. This process was conducted in accordance with our church Bylaws and with Pastor Mark’s support and cooperation.

While a group of seven elders plus one member of the Board of Overseers was charged with conducting this investigation, the full Board of Overseers is charged with reaching any conclusions and issuing any findings. In that capacity, we believe it appropriate to publicly mention the following:

  1. We concluded that Pastor Mark has, at times, been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner. While we believe Mark needs to continue to address these areas in his life, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.
  2. Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership.
  3. We found some of the accusations against Pastor Mark to be altogether unfair or untrue.
  4. Other charges had been previously been addressed by Pastor Mark, privately and publicly. Indeed, he had publicly confessed and apologized for a number of the charges against him, some of which occurred as long as 14 years ago.
  5. We commend Mark for acting upon the vision God gave him to start Mars Hill Church and for his ministry of faithfully teaching the Word of God for the past 18 years. We commit to pray for him, for Grace, and for their children as they transition from ministry at Mars Hill Church.

We would ask for patience as we now make plans for the first transition of pastoral leadership in the history of Mars Hill Church. We have asked Pastor Dave Bruskas to serve as the primary teaching pastor while we work on long-term plans and decisions. Our elders and board members will work closely with the church staff to support the ongoing operations of Mars Hill in the days and months ahead.

Finally, Mark Driscoll was not asked to resign; indeed, we were surprised to receive his resignation letter. While he can speak to his decision as he chooses, we would point to just two things from his letter. He noted that he had concluded “it would be best for the health of our family, and for the Mars Hill family, that we step aside from further ministry at the church.” Secondly, he specifically wanted to convey “to the wonderful members of the Mars Hill family, how deeply my family and I love them, thank them, and point them to their Senior Pastor, Jesus Christ, who has always been only good to us.”

Mars Hill Board of Overseers

Michael Van Skaik

Larry Osborne

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3 Comments

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “Breaking News: Pastor Mark Driscoll Resigns

  1. Chris Holland

    October 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Wow! This is a sad day! Strong men plant strong church’s. P Mark has a strong personality for reason. Weaker men would have quit along time ago or cheated on their wives or….. The list goes on. May the Lord Jesus strengthen him and his family!

     
  2. Amber Reynolds

    October 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Basically, since Pastor Mark shows characteristics of several of the disciples who followed Christ, to their deaths, he has been removed and finally has removed himself from his God-ordained ministry? Because he hasnt always been gentle of speech and etiquette in a post-modern, less than holiness driven church culture, he has been criticized. But from the confines of the ministry God has given him? I’ve always been challenged by his unabashedly spoken truth, I pray for his heart to not be hardened by this trial, and that his family will rally with him in love and support. He may have struggles with arrogance, pride, etc.., what leader doesnt? He has always been quick to admit his sins and repent. Hope he can return to the pulpit soon!! This is heartbreaking and ridiculous!!

     
  3. Stephen Richards

    October 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Well I don’t have much exposure to his ministry but have certainly tried to follow this story through various means of news. I can say that there doesn’t seem to be one sin which is brings death more over any other, therefore if he has confessed to some of the things mentioned above, I guess that makes him a sinner saved by grace, like those pastors which have cheated and sinned as well. I can say that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness gentleness, and self-control Galatians 5:22. It seems as if he did a terrible job at exhibiting these spirit lead traits? Having worked with some pretty influential ministers across the US, I can say that I wouldn’t chose to work for a person like him if I knew he had issues with anger, a temper and arrogance. More than that though, it only demonstrates once again the weakness of christian leadership, which obviously allowed him to minister in this way for all of these years! Blessings to him and his family as he finds where the Lord wants him to go!

     

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