I have to confess, it is very easy to get on a witch hunt with Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill. I am guilty of losing focus on helping others like me and focusing too much on Mark's every move and then criticizing it. My original intention in starting this blog was to create a safe haven for people who have been hurt by Mars Hill. It was to collect all the stories in one place, so that someone who is questioning what they are experiencing can easily locate them. It is my hope to help people, not harm people, and that includes Mark Driscoll and my former campus pastors and elders.
It is important to tell our stories, and I hope that by telling how the authoritarian structure and gender gospel at Mars Hill has hurt me, and is hurting others, both those with stories and those involved in the stories will be helped. I would LOVE for Mars Hill to repent, change the way the church is "governed", and seek to apologize to those who have been hurt. I have many people (though they no longer speak to me) who are still there and who I care about very much.
Yesterday, I was posting a comment on a blog and attempted to re-link to the doctrinal statement that I referenced in my story. To my surprise, the page redirected here:
Does this mean that the concerns are being heard? One of the main concerns I had was the following statement from the doctrinal statement:
"We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him"
This concerned me because it basically says, “just because you think you are being led by the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean you actually are”. It is my greatest hope that they are reevaluating the doctrinal statement. Being redirected to JESUS is awesome.