Mark Driscoll Resigns

imagesCAT3S6Y0On Tuesday, October 14, Pastor Mark Driscoll submitted his resignation as an elder and lead pastor of Mars Hill Church.  This is according to the Mars Hill Church website.

A group of seven elders and one member of the Board of Overseers who were charged with conducting an investigation into the “formal charges” that were brought against Mark Driscoll, issues 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.  read more

While not asked to resign from the church he helped found, Driscoll had the following to say: “Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family — even physically unsafe at times — and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill” (see here).

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8 Responses to Mark Driscoll Resigns

  1. Craig Benno says:

    I am sure that Scripture calls us to live and lead in a gentle and patient manner. If we live a domineering lifestyle; could it be said our actions are heretical?

  2. Jon Hughes says:

    There are plenty of domineering pastors up and down America and elsewhere. Driscoll’s fallen prey to the scapegoat mechanism. The amount of smug, thinly veiled self-righteousness that’s resulted from his demise is nauseating.

  3. TC Robinson says:

    Craig, in a the classic definition of heresy, then, no.

    Jon, I believe you’re onto something here.

  4. Craig Benno says:

    I also want to say, that I have been greatly blessed my Mark’s ministry over the years – particularly 10 years or so ago, when I first heard about him. It’s ironic how all of us can be a mix of blessing and curse – depending where we have grown, and need to grow.

  5. nwroadrat says:

    He’s strategic. They are having to close additional locations. They are also having to sell properties in the millions because of the exodus. I doubt he wants to do crises management and with him removed out of the equation, it might help MH to coarse-correct.

    Getting real here, him leaving doesn’t fix that organizations problems. Far from it. There’s people in the local hierarchy that should be the ones gone. The focus on rigged books sales, William Wallace postings don’t get at the core issues that probably still exist.

    It looks like he will be joining the other Mars Hill pastor (Bell) out on speaking circuit. Other than Dan Kimball left, I think this might close the chapter in the emerging and emergent Church movement.

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