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My aim in working through these episodes is to help folks think through the church they attend, the leadership culture of their church, and, potentially, identify things that might not be apparent. I will not provide a “Monday morning play-by-play” critique. I hope you will gain personal insight through this review as well as applications to your teachers and the church you attend.
I’ve been wrestling with whether to keep going through this series. After a few episodes, it began to take on the feel of trashy gossip. I have been asking, what’s the point? I’m feeling a bit dirty. Mike Cosper says it’s for the “good of the church,” and there are things we can learn. Okay, I can accept that, so let me ask,
As you listen to these episodes, are you talking more about specific applications and practical changes that you can make to your life and church or are you spending more time thinking about and discussing the events of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll?
My spidey senses tell me that most of the discussions sound like a group of guys on Monday morning discussing what happened in the NFL on Sunday afternoon. Whether I continue or not, I’m not sure, but rather than rehashing Christianity Today’s weak, woke theology or the demise of Mars Hill, my aim in this episode is to lean into personal application.
Episode seven begins with Mark threatening to beat up some of the leaders in his church. There were many folks in the congregation laughing. It was eerie. He later talked about kicking two elders off the bus and running over them because they got off mission. He further clarified by saying he had no qualms about growing the number of unfortunate souls behind the bus.
This summary is the best articulation of why Mars Hill does not exist today. It’s sad and heart-wrenching. It defames God and weakens the body of Christ. It also explains the danger of an out-of-control pastor with no accountability.
Mike Cosper talked about the tension between accountability and speed within a leadership team. “Should we slow things down to have more accountability, or should we dismiss stringent accountability because we have work to do for Jesus?”
Mars Hill began with a plurality, shifted to first among equals, and eventually surrendered to Mark.
Who is caring for the leaders? What about their spouses? How do you know your leaders are doing well personally, maritally, and their families?
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).