What to Do when Jesus Steps on the Gas

Mars Hill has a tremendous problem.

They’ve seen phenominal growth in numbers… in fact they’ve grown 50% in the past year (over 5,000 people).

That includes a 12% increase in attendance SINCE LAST WEEK.


Church-wide… they are at 82% capacity during 36 weekend services at 14 different locations.

Jesus has definitely stepped on the gas.

Add to that, 551 small groups (with 60 new groups added this month).

Whether you’re a fan of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill or not… something big is happening there.

And the stress and pressure from a pure administrative side must be extremely difficult.

How about today, instead of criticism and uttering things that make us sound like jealous idiots, we actually take time to thank God for what he is doing at Mars Hill and other churches across the country.

The big churches, the tiny churches.

The churches with imperfect leaders and flawed followers.

The churches that are growing gangbusters and those that are fighting for existence.

For your church; and mine.

For yourself as a leader; and the guy down the street also entrusted with God’s children.

Let’s pray for those for whom God has ‘stepped on the gas’.  And if we’re on empty, let’s pray that God would fill us and that we’ll be ready when and IF he decides to gun it a little.

Just a few thoughts today…

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  • Heath January 31, 2012 Reply

    Amen! Great word Todd!

  • Jim Powell January 31, 2012 Reply

    Thanks Todd. I get frustrated with Mark from time to time, and it’s easy to miss the forest because of the trees. Thanks for posting this.

  • Peter January 31, 2012 Reply


  • Keith January 31, 2012 Reply


    And just sitting here thinking…
    Churches with pastors that are criticized for things they say and do oddly enough should probably be a good thing. If there is a pastor that is squeaky clean and “perfect” well… Perfect hung on a cross and no pastor is perfect.

  • Bryan February 6, 2012 Reply

    I agree that we should be positive about growth anywhere in the kingdom. On the other hand, I think we all can agree that attendance is a poor sole metric to use for church/leader health. The criticism that gets levied at Driscoll is generally hard-earned on his part.

  • Rex February 9, 2012 Reply

    Amen Todd. Amen.

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