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Confessions of the Mars Hill PR Guy

What was it like managing PR for a church like Mars Hill Church?

Recently, Justin Dean, the former public relations person for Mars Hill Church sat down with Justin Blaney to talk about the last days at Mars Hill from his perspective.




  • Steve March 12, 2015 Reply

    Its easy for a guy like Justin Dean to claim all bloggers are out to destroy, or that some information is private. (for the record, I agree that MH does not owe the public some information that was requested.)

    But he is still avoiding the primary problem: When a decade of friends, ex staff members, board members and nationally known networks all give the same basic message of warning and you don’t take it seriously, then PR cannot help. I don’t sense that Dean really understands this fundamental issue. PR is not helpful when your organization and leaders have significant character issues.

  • Todd Stafford March 12, 2015 Reply

    I was the default PR guy at a church that was in the media spotlight for a season. It’s very naive to think the media is on your side. They are looking for a headline…
    So just telling the truth isn’t enough. It’ll be twisted. You have to be very precise in what you share and how you share it. You can be 100% right and 100% wrong at the same time…

  • Kerry Hird March 16, 2015 Reply

    While I understand framing a message, Jesus mentions that our message is going to shake up the world. It might help within the fellowship to frame the message well, we are told that it seems like foolishness to the unspiritually centered.

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