[ADDITION November 1st]
Roughly two weeks after Mark Driscoll announced his resignation (and I wrote this post initially), Mars Hill Church has announced they will be dissolving Mars Hill Church as a centralized entity. Each of their over 10 video sites will have the opportunity to become an independent church with it’s own elders. Here is the official announcement.
I have many different thoughts on the matter, but I’m not sure how much value any of our speculation will be at this point in time.
The only public statement Driscoll has made since his resignation was at the Gateway Conference. He chose to attend as just a guest and the pastor of Gateway asked him to share for just few minutes. His message was simple: Pray for my family we are in physical danger and my kids are scared.
Regardless of your thoughts of Driscoll, this is extremely disturbing.
Mark Driscoll Has Resigned
After nearly two years straight of back to back, continually escalating controversies, Mark Driscoll has resigned. It doesn’t really matter what my take, or your take on any specific controversy. What matters are the end results.
- ACTS 29, the church planting organization he started, kicked Mars Hill out of their association.
- Multiple Christian retailers stopped selling his books.
- His church’s attendance and giving have fallen through the floor. They’ve even had to shut down several locations.
- Finally, he has chosen to turn in his resignation.
Now isn’t the time for criticism.
Now isn’t the time for praise.
Now isn’t the time for defense.
Now isn’t the time for speculation.
Now is the time for prayer!
Pray for Our Response
Christians have a long history of shooting their own. We love to speculate and assume. While we would all agree that gossip is wrong when it deals with people we know in person, for some reason we give our gossip a pass as long as we’re writing a blog post or status update about someone we don’t know. Almost none of us know Mark Driscoll (though I did talk for him for 30 seconds once at a conference; he told me I married a keeper). Almost none of us are at Mars Hill Church. We don’t know what’s going on at his church, in his head, or in his heart.
So, what value do our speculations add to the universe?
Up to this point, I haven’t seen any new smear or defense pieces pop up online (the general consensus seems to be surprise). I think there’s value in praying that things stay that way.
Pray for Mars Hill Church
Those people need our prayers during this painful time of transition.
Pray for Mark Driscoll
- Mark Driscoll needs our prayers.
- Grace Driscoll needs our prayers.
- Their kids need our prayers.