Mark Driscoll is a Seattle mega church leader in the US who started in 1996, now his church has around 2 thousand members and 40 thousand square feet of church space. He has gotten some attention for rudeness in an online debate at the Christianity Today Leadership blog (he apologized) then scurrilous remarks about women and ministers wife’s when the Ted Haggard scandal came to light. He said he didn’t mean what people heard.
He made news in March posting on his blog that he was not well. He is in his 30’s and while I don’t know what the diagnosis is, he is experiencing severe stress symptoms. He has a wife and five kids, a lot of frequent flyer points and is quite the type A personality. His handling of strengths (visionary, hard worker) drives him relentlessly (he wants Mars Hill churches all over the US) and he strikes me as a lonely leader.
His seminars pack in pastors willing to pay a lot of money to learn how to succeed with their church growth. Driscoll has written a couple of books, says he is a charismatic Calvinist, and along with his myriad responsibilities is attempting a masters degree. He is not ordained. Mars Hill in none denominational.
While there is a sprinkling of biblical truth in his speech above, and while I personally have no emotional attachment to where he chooses to tape it, I don’t see his video symbolism making sense to the speech subject.
The video is called Good Soldiers.
His ideas on church planting are like a CEO expounding a US business/ expansion/culture war model, but thousands of pastors and seminary students fans would disagree and correct me.
I’m very curious to see what readers at connexion think of this speech by Driscoll, he taped it for a Florida conference he couldn’t attend because he had other responsibilities. He released it to YouTube April 28, 2007 after… “it was criticized by Bill Hybels from the stage because it did not speak of women church planters. And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort.”
(added by BD 30/04/07)The packaging of the speech “A conversation with Mark Driscoll” has a picture of a man’s hands cocking a gun in a cemetery. The irony seems lost. here is the link to the post The Banned Church Video)
The blow-back in YouTube comments is not surprising, this video has had about 7 thousand views. Driscoll’s post is number 6 today at Technorati.
What is foreign to you as a minster, church attendee or follower of Jesus Christ in this video?
What are you hearing overtly or covertly?
What do you agree and disagree with?
Is Driscoll correct that this how/what church planters and pastors are called to be?