Mars Hill and the Megachurch Phenomenon

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 17 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Ever since I talked to Charlotte Ramey this summer, I’ve been wanting to get to Mars Hill.

Quinn and me hit up the 11am service today. As I walked in the door, the first thing that popped into my mind was, “This looks a lot like New Life.”

If you’ve been a cave the last few weeks, New Life Church is down in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been subjected to the misdoings of Ted Haggard. It one of a growing number of so-called mega churches that are springing up. My biggest gripe with mega churches is that they’re impersonal. They’ve taken a church and made it into a commercial entity with no body and no soul, and you need that for a church.

Mars Hill reinforced this feeling when after the initial round of singing, a screen dropped down and instead of the real Mark Driscoll appearing, they replayed his sermon from the earlier service. Not cool.

Quinn was disappointed that Mark didn’t say anything controversial.

Quinn also discovered that he doesn’t have a Masters in Divinity:


He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University and a minor in philosophy. Currently, he is completing a Master of Arts degree in exegetical theology at Western Seminary.

I have a slight issue that Mark doesn’t have a MDiv. Also given that he doesn’t have his MDiv, I don’t put as much stock in what he says…at least not until he’s proven himself.

[tags]Mars Hill, Mark Driscoll[/tags]