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Old 08-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Brian Houston: Let's Talk Leadership

Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church interviews Mark Driscoll formerly of Mars Hill Church

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Old 08-03-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Brian Houston: Let's Talk Leadership

The Mark Driscoll/Mars Hill saga holds some very important lessons for the Christian community at large, and even more specifically for our dear brothers and sisters in the Local Church, I believe.

Driscoll is an extremely talented and powerful teacher, with a penchant for making the Gospel and Scriptures "culturally relevant" to a younger, unchurched audience. He used this talent and force of personality (mostly in a positive manner) to take a fledgling church of 20-30 people meeting in his apartment, all the way to a multi-site megachurch of over 5,000 - all in his 20s and 30s. Eventually, Driscoll's influence and powerful mega-personality became more powerful and influential to the leadership, and by extension to the rank and file members, than the message and work of the Gospel which they strove to proclaim. All the other sordid details of the Mars Hill meltdown are probably not as important to note, at least for us on LCD, as the fact that the person and work of Mark Driscoll became more important than the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (aka The Gospel).

Now to maybe the most important lesson. At some point Mark Driscoll, either through his own initiative or on the behest of others, created an elder council or board, which was empowered to discipline, and remove from leadership if necessary, any church leader, including Driscoll himself. So when the mega personality of the megachurch became a mega distraction to the main mission of the church (preaching, teaching and practicing the Gospel) Driscoll was placed under mandatory discipline, and rather than coming under the biblically mandated discipline mechanism which he himself helped create, he chose to take the easy way out and resign. There is very little doubt, that without this bilbically mandated discipline mechanism in place, Dricoll would have continued to do what he had apparently been doing for years - ignore the biblical and godly input from the elders of the church. God is not mocked. He will NOT share his glory with another, not even with the the mega personality of a megachurch. He may replace you, or he may just leave your house desolate. Either way he will get the glory.
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:45 PM   #3
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“He’s very good at saying that he’s sorry. Let’s see what it really means,”
Quote directed at Mark Driscoll from:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-...s-hill-pulpit/

One particular quote from the article that caught my attention was:

"If Driscoll intends to make amends for past misdeeds, he should reach out to people he forced from the church"

The chaotic situation surrounding Mars Hill churches has many similarities with the Local Churches and Living Stream Ministry.
The biggest difference being when push came to shove the elders from Mars Hill weren't going to kowtow to Mark Driscoll and forced his resignation.
In the Local Churches the elders that weren't going to kowtow to Witness Lee and Living Stream Ministry were the ones who walked away.
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Old 03-01-2016, 06:21 AM   #4
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Interesting article in today's Seattle Times I have posted on Facebook:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-...s-hill-church/

Basically Mark Driscoll and one other are accused of fraudulently using church money for other purposes other than what it's original intent was.
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