(UPDATED) Mars Hill cancels Resurgence conference. Paul Tripp says Driscoll’s accountability model will never work. Board insists ‘making real progress’ on problems.
Update (Aug. 15): Mars Hill has canceled its 2014 Resurgence Conference, which was to be held October 28-29 and included recently resigned board members Paul Tripp and James MacDonald as speakers.
“The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches,” states the church’s announcement. “Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year’s conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of conference people have come to expect from Resurgence.”
Promotional material stated that the 2013 conference had 175 countries represented. Other speakers for the 2014 conference were J. I. Packer (by video), Greg Laurie, Crawford Loritts, Terry Virgo, and of course, Mark Driscoll.
Update (Aug. 12): Paul Tripp, a popular pastor and speaker who recently resigned as one of Mark Driscoll’s advisers, stated today that Mars Hill’s accountability model “will never be able to do what it was designed to do.”
“It became clear to me that a distant, external accountability board can never work well because it isn’t a firsthand witness to the ongoing life and ministry of the church,” wrote Tripp of Mars Hill’s Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) in a statement on his website. Tripp is executive director of the Association of Biblical Counselors’s Center for Pastoral Life and Care, and author of 15 books on Christian living, including Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry.
Such a board at best can provide financial accountability, …