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The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill
61 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Who Killed Mars Hill?
In 2014, after more than a decade of tremendous growth and ministry, Mars Hill Church imploded with the resignation of its lead pastor, Mark Driscoll. Once a hub for those disenfranchised with cultural Christianity, Mars Hill’s characteristic “punk rock spirit” became its downfall as power, fame and spiritual trauma invaded the ministry. But how did things fall apart? Where did Mark Driscoll take a wrong turn? Who could be held responsible for the hurt and disillusionment that resulted?In this inaugural episode of “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill,” host Mike Cosper begins at the end, investigating the rubble of Mars Hill’s fall for answers. Meet Mark, the firebrand “cussing pastor” whose ministry of breaking conventions called men and women to transformation and whose rebellion touched a nerve with those inside and outside the church. Meet a church culture that considered relational fallout as simply part of the job. And, take a look in the mirror to ask why we keep doing this -- elevating leaders whose charisma outpaces their character.Loaded with piercing and poignant interviews, this episode invites you to release preconceived notions about this familiar story and listen afresh to a narrative that feels painfully relevant more than a decade later.Wonder why Christianity Today features stories like these? Stick around at the end of the episode as Kate Shellnut and Daniel Silliman discuss why talking about church culture and leadership matters. Read more at “If You See Something, Say Something” and Why We Report Bad News About Leaders.Here is the letter presenting formal charges against Mark Driscoll from 21 former Mars Hill pastors.Here is the letter from nine pastors who were serving in August of 2014, asking Mark Driscoll to step down from ministry and enter a restoration process.“The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” is a production of Christianity TodayExecutiver Producer: Erik PetrikProducer, Writer, and Host: Mike CosperAssociate Producer: Joy Beth SmithMusic, sound design, and mixing: Kate SiefkerGraphic Design: Bryan ToddSocial Media: Nicole ShanksEditorial consulting: Andrea Palapant Dilley, Online Managing EditorChristianity Today Editor in Chief: Timothy DalrympleTheme song: “Sticks and Stones” by King’s KaleidescopeClosing song: "Slow and Steady Wins the Race" by Pedro the Lion
3 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
When Mars Hill Church was planted in Seattle in 1996, few would have imagined where it would lead. But in the next 18 years, it would become one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most influential churches in the United States. Controversy plagued the church, though, due in no small part to the lightning-rod personality at its helm: Mark Driscoll.By 2014, the church had grown to 15,000 people in 15 locations. But before the year was over, the church collapsed. On January 1st, 2015, Mars Hill was gone.Hosted by Mike Cosper, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill explores the inside story of this church, its charismatic leader, and the conflicts and troubles that brought about its end. You'll hear from insiders and experts, tracing the threads of this story to so many others that shape the church today.Listen to the trailer and subscribe today. The full series launches on June 22nd.Executive Produced by Erik PetrikProduced, Written, and Edited by Mike CosperAssociate Produced by Joy Beth Smith
2 minutes | May 24, 2021
A first glimpse at the podcast, coming in June from Christianity Today.
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