Mark Driscoll charged with abusive behavior by 21 former Mars Hill pastors
Twenty-one former Mars Hill Church pastors have filed charges against Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll, saying that he has engaged in a pattern of abusive and intimidating conduct and has not changed.
The charges, lodged with the executive elders of the church, include:
‚ÄúPastor Mark exhibits lack of self-control by his speech and by verbally assaulting others.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe believe that the way Pastor Mark leads has created a culture of fear instead of a culture of candor and safety. People are often afraid to ask questions or challenge certain ideas.‚ÄĚ
I think Driscoll fell prey to the temptation common in any Christian ministry that focuses on one leader--arrogance. The public comes to these leaders, thinking they have the One Solution for their problem, the Key to Unlocking Scriptures, etc. If they read the Good Book for themselves, they would find Jesus telling his followers that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. But it is easier to turn on a TV show or a radio program to hear some man or woman saying they have the 5-step or 8-step solution to our problems.