"We like to talk at Mars Hill Church basically three categories of gifts or abilities or ways that people are hardwired. We talk about prophets, priests, and kings…"
Mark Driscoll (from embedded video below)
Four years ago Mark Driscoll was discussing the roles of "prophet, priest, and king" (which he claimed Jesus fulfilled perfectly). You can listen to the nine minute message here. Then last year he discussed those same three 'roles' again (see below). This certainly seems important to Driscoll.
In a recent post WenatcheeTheHatchet focused on what appears to be a rewording of the Mars Hill's Governance policy. The 2013 version is somewhat abbreviated when compared to what Wenatchee claims was the 2012 version. Here are some pertinent excerpts:
How has church governance within Mars Hill Church changed over the years?
As Mars Hill Church has grown over the years, we have had to reorganize ourselves more than once. We do this because we love Jesus and want to love and serve people and steward resources as well as we can. For example, when Mars Hill started, it was a very small church of a few dozen people all meeting at one time in one room. At that time Pastor Mark was the only pastor, and we did not yet have any other official elders, deacons, or members. When things are small they tend to be informal. Most churches operate in an informal way as the average church in America is roughly 70–80 people. For a church to grow it has to reorganize itself much like a married couple that has done things one way for years has to make serious changes if they birth triplets. In the same way, a church has to make changes when God brings the new birth of new Christians. While the growth makes things complicated, we praise God for it because we love people and want to serve them. In 2011 alone, we baptized 1,392 people! But to welcome that many people across multiple states is complicated.
Every church has a culture that goes with its size and which must be accepted. Most people tend to prefer a certain size culture, and unfortunately, many give their favorite size culture a moral status and treat other size categories as spiritually and morally inferior. They may insist that the only biblical way to do church is to practice a certain size culture despite the fact that the congregation they attend is much too big or too small to fit that culture.
At Mars Hill, this means we have had to make changes as we have grown. For example, for the first year or two of the church, we had one formal elder, Pastor Mark. Then, a few other elders were added. By 2007, the church was approaching 6,000 people and meeting in multiple locations but still had the same governance structure.
In the fall of 2011, we undertook yet another restructuring as we planned for more churches in more states to serve more people. As part of the restructuring, we researched the governance structure of other large churches across the United States. We sought counsel from outside attorneys with practices devoted to providing legal services to large churches. With this background and research in mind, Mars Hill’s in-house legal counsel, who specialize in corporate law and came to Mars Hill as a partner in a national law firm, together with our Executive Elder Team, proposed a revised organizational structure for the church that would allow us to plan for, rather than react to, the rapid growth we have experienced by God’s grace.
What does the organizational structure of Mars Hill Church look like?
Mars Hill Church is an elder-led church. Therefore, the leadership and governance of Mars Hill is established within the office of elder…
We want to encourage you to check out Wenatchee the Hatchet's post comparing the purported 2012 governance policy at Mars Hill Church to the current one.
What do you think? Is Mark Driscoll the "King at Mars Hill?"
I am in the process of reviewing all of this information and may have additional comments in a future post. In the meantime, we'd love for you to share your thoughts on the matter.
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