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Nine Current Mars Hill Pastors Tell Mark Driscoll To Step Down from All Ministry

(UPDATED) While megachurch's rules 'greatly restrict our authority, we believe we must act like elders none-the-less,' write 9 of 65 pastors.

   Nine of Mars Hill Church's 65 pastors, including the lead pastor of one of its 15 campuses, have called for Mark Driscoll to step down not for six weeks but for a full year, and for church elders to play a more prominent role in restoring the health of the Seattle megachurch.

   “It is time to take responsibility for our church, regardless of how much our current bylaws prevent us from exercising that authority," they wrote in a 4,000-word letter (full text at bottom). "It grieves us that the only voice that has never been heard in all of this is the voice of the current elders."

   The letter was circulated within Mars Hill last Friday, before Driscoll's big Sunday announcement of eight next steps while the church investigates charges against him by 21 former pastors. The letter was first obtained by Patheos blogger Warren Throckmorton, and published as part of a Religion News Service report today.

   Despite a current Mars Hill governance structure which places disciplinary authority in the hands of a hybrid internal/external Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA), the letter argues that Mars Hill’s elders “are called to lead our people and the church from a position of truth and love,” and consequently the pastors "do not believe that looking for answers, asking questions, and trying to discern the truth is a divisive or sinful thing.”

   “To ask us not to do so would only be to further exasperate the ‘culture of fear’ that we so desperately want to move away from,” they continued.

   The nine pastors—who include Drew Hensley, lead pastor of Mars Hill's U-District campus, and four pastors from the Bellevue campus where Driscoll ...Continue reading...

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