Five days after resiging as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll was once again in front of a crowd… this time, a packed conference of pastors, who offered him a standing ovation in support. It only took 474 days for him to announce he was planting a new church in Scottsdale Arizona.
But while he wielded his own force of personality to get as much distance from Mars Hill as possible, life in Seattle was a different story. A confused and hurting church was displaced, hundreds of people were out of their jobs, and the fiercest critics of the church practically threw a party.
In our series finale, we follow a few of those threads, which led some to new ministries, others to new careers, and still others out of the church altogether. We’ll revisit the legacy of Driscoll’s teaching on gender, and we’ll ask whether or not he really preached good news and freedom.
We’ll also look for the presence of Christ, working in surprising and unseen ways, and bringing beauty out of the ashes of what was once Mars hill Church.
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The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill is a production of Christianity Today
It’s executive produced by Erik Petrik
It’s produced, written, and edited by Mike Cosper
Joy Beth Smith is our associate producer.
Music, sound design, by Kate Siefker and MIke Cosper
Our theme song for this finale is “Resplendent” by Bill Malonee and the Vigilantes of Love.
The closing song this week is “All My Favorite People” By Ovcder the Rhine.
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