Acts 29 Moving to Dallas; Matt Chandler Taking Over Presidency

In a very large announcement, Mark Driscoll writes today at the Acts 29 Blog:

Together, we decided, in light of all the complexity we’re facing, that the best thing for Acts 29 going forward would be for Matt Chandler to assume the presidency, move the network offices to Dallas, and select his Acts 29 staff.

In light of this, I want to sincerely thank the people of Mars Hill for investing millions of dollars over the years in Acts 29 and the people of The Village for being willing to house the Acts 29 headquarters.

As for myself, I want to humbly serve Jesus and his men in Acts 29 by doing whatever is best for them. Going forward, I will gladly remain on the Acts 29 Board supporting Matt, along with Darrin and whomever else Matt believes best fits the Board.

Mars Hill gladly stays in Acts 29 as well. I’ll be spending much of my time going forward serving all of Acts 29, pastoring at Mars Hill, helping the Resurgence, writing books, organizing preaching campaigns, and doing media interviews. 

You can read more here…


Did anyone see this coming?



    • steve miller March 30, 2012 Reply

      Both Mark and Matt are strong confident leaders with unique abilities and character qualities. So it would be hard to say it it is either “better or different.”

      Thanks for the link, it shows Matt’s ability to make hard decisions when necessary as a leader; it will serve him well at ACTS 29. Discipline is no fun for anyone but for the fidelity of the Body of Christ it is clearly taught in the Bible.

      • Rob Davis March 30, 2012 Reply

        I only mentioned the quote for the purpose of comparison. Much of the recent controversy around Driscoll has been related to “church discipline.” I think if anyone did good journalism, the media frenzy would much more widespread than a few stories at Mars Hill.

  • steve miller March 30, 2012 Reply

    Wow, did not see that coming, but I have great respect for Mark doing this.

    Some leaders elect themselves indefinitely and lose sight of the big picture; it ain’t about you-it never was. A leader who can say a church, a program, or a movement needs some fresh leadership and removes themselves out of the picture is rare these days. We have to remember we serve under God’s good pleasure not because we are the privileged few. Servant leadership not ego status.

    I’d love to hear Mark expand on how a leader knows when it is time to hand off the reigns for the good of an organization.

    Chandler has some big shoes to fill, but I believe with God’s help he is up to the task.

    Mark needs applauded for starting, serving, and ending well with ACTS 29. Great job!

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