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Should Mark Driscoll Lead a New Church?
Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt writes that pastor Mark Driscoll, formerly of Mars Hill Church, has a long list of misdeeds that would seem to disqualify him from ministry. However, Merritt notes that leaders should not be beyond redemption. He notes that he is cautiously optimistic about Driscoll’s new church, but aware that his history of bullying and mismanaging money is far from settled.Go here to read the full story. Get stories like this and more each week with Ministry Briefing! Order now and receive your first four issues for just $1! Why this story matters for church leaders: The Bible doesn’t specify how exactly to discipline and then restore a pastor guilty of misconduct, and that should give us pause when it comes to removing or restoring a pastor too quickly.
- What disqualifies a leader from ministry? Pastors need to be trusted rather than feared. When a pastor bullies staff and members of the congregation, this creates a breach of trust where ministry is difficult until there is confession and restoration.
- Restoration is the goal: The church needs all of the healthy pastors it can get, and no pastor will ever be perfect. It’s critical to talk about appropriate ways to restore pastors who make mistakes.
- Cautious Optimism: While we hope for pastors to be restored, that doesn’t mean that churches should not be cautious about their conduct after a failure.
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