Mark Driscoll’s resign…..




Michael Van Skaik

Chairman, Board of Advisors and Accountability

Mars Hill Church

Dear Michael:

By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.

On August 24th I announced to our Mars Hill family of churches that I had requested a leave of absence from the pulpit and the office for a minimum of six weeks while a committee of elders conducted a formal review of charges made against me by various people in recent times. Last week our Board of Overseers met for an extended period of time with Grace and me, thereby concluding the formal review of charges against me. I want to thank you for assuring Grace and me that last Saturday that I had not disqualified myself from ministry.

You have shared with us that this committee spent more than 1,000 hours reviewing documents and interviewing some of those who had presented charges against me. You have also shared with me that many of those making charges against me declined to meet with you or participate in the review process at all. Consequently, those conducting the review of charges against me began to interview people who had not even been a party to the charges.

I readily acknowledge I am an imperfect messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many things I have confessed and repented of, privately and publicly, as you are well aware. Specifically, I have confessed to past pride, anger and a domineering spirit. As I shared with our church in August, “God has broken me many times in recent years by showing me where I have fallen short, and while my journey, at age 43, is far from over, I believe He has brought me a long way from some days I am not very proud of, and is making me more like Him every day.”

Prior to and during this process there have been no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy, any of which could clearly be grounds for disqualification from pastoral ministry. Other issues, such as aspects of my personality and leadership style, have proven to be divisive within the Mars Hill context, and I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission to lead people to a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

That is why, after seeking the face and will of God, and seeking godly counsel from men and women across the country, we have concluded it would be best for the health of our family, and for the Mars Hill family, that we step aside from further ministry at the church we helped launch in 1996. I will gladly work with you in the coming days on any details related to our separation.

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. Grace and I pledge our full support in this process and will join you in praying for God’s best for this, His church, in the days and years ahead. Grace and I would also covet your prayers for us as we seek God’s will for the next chapter of our lives. Therefore, consider this written notice of my voluntary termination of employment.

Finally, it would be my hope to convey to the wonderful members of the Mars Hill family how deeply my family and I love them, thank them, and point them to their Senior Pastor Jesus Christ who has always been only good to us.


Pastor Mark Driscoll

5 comments on “Mark Driscoll’s resign…..

  1. am invatat multe (multi dintre noi) (si) de la Mark Driscoll (in the late ’90’s) si mai tarziu, cand articolele lui erau postate in mod regulat la situl Gospel Coalition.
    In Nordvestul secular, mai ales in Seattle, canalele de TV il chemau sa reprezinte evanghelicii in mai multe dezbateri. Aici, in video, doar una dintre aceste dezbateri – in astfel de momente, cred ca ne-a facut cinste, noua, evanghelicilor si a proclamat evanghelia (boldly)-

    Dumnezeu sa fie cu familia Driscoll si cu toti tinerii care s-au pocait in bisericile afiliate cu Mars Hill, ca sa nu se impiedice acuma, ci sa mearga inainte. Pentru ei, ruperea care a fost ‘in motion’ de mai bine de un an, cred ca trebuie sa fie foarte dureroasa, indiferent de care parte au fost. Toti, care am trecut pe acolo, stim ca putem sa-i ajutam doar prin rugaciune si mila Domnului e singura care poate sa-i ajute sa treaca dincolo de acest moment.

    • Apreciez postarea ta. Cu durere remarc ca toti care vorbesc negativ despre dansul, nici macar nu-l cunosc. Preiau doar titluri din ziare si bloguri de scandal si cred ca aia e opinia lor, asemanator cu opinia Romanilor Evanghelici despre Americanii Evanghelici. Cei mai inversunati critici ai bisericilor americane nu au calcat macar o data intr-o biserica americana. Cu atat mai mult postarea ta, a unuia sau uneia care stiu sa aprecieze si pe altii inseamna mult! God bless.

    • Eu am invatat un lucru, si cred ca si voi puteti sa-l marturisiti 😉 … cand Dumnezeu ma pune cu cineva in legatura (personala), o face cu un scop bine definit, si acela nu este prabusirea, mustrarea, critica cuiva DIMPOTRIVA, ajutorarea, ridicarea, incurajarea, sustinerea…. Daca nu pot raspunde astfel chemarii lui Dumnezeu, mai bine tac si ma duc la…..pescuit!!! 🙂

  2. asa e, fiecare cu chemarea sa. Chemarea personala e singura pt care vom raspunde inaintea lui Dumnezeu! Si cum zice un pastor bucurestean, vrem sa mergem cu cat mai mult rod inaintea Lui!

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