Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Removed From Acts 29 Network

On Friday the board of the Acts 29 Network of churches announced on their blog that Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Church which he co-founded have been removed from membership in the network. Here is the statement as it appeared on the blog
It is with deep sorrow that the Acts 29 Network announces its decision to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from membership in the network. Mark and the Elders of Mars Hill have been informed of the decision, along with the reasons for removal. It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored. 
The Board of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network 
Matt Chandler
Darrin Patrick
Steve Timmis
Eric Mason
John Bryson
Bruce Wesley
Leonce Crump 
With a "better late than never" sigh, I commend the board and the Acts 29 Network for their action, and I hope that their prayers on behalf of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church will be answered.

More details may be found here.

26 August 2014 Update

It has recently been reported that Twenty-One Former Mars Hill Church Pastors Bring Formal Charges Against Mark Driscoll. Apparently there are more and more witnesses coming forward in support of the decision made by the Acts 29 Network to remove Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church form their association.

2 September 2014 Update

It has recently been reported that Mark Driscoll will Step Down While Mars Hill Reviews Charges. The same article details the fallout in other ways. For example, Mars Hill canceled its fall Resurgence Conference, and "After Acts 29 removed Driscoll from its membership, LifeWay Christian Resources, the nation’s second largest Christian book retailer, pulled Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores."

Here is the video of Mark's statement before his church family, in which he discusses stepping down:



You can read the text of the statement here.

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