I mentioned hearing Mark Driscoll (my June 21 blog) at the Acts 29 Network retreat this week. His new book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Zondervan, 2006) has just been published in the past few weeks. It is worth your time if you want to know the story of how a young man and a young church emerged in the last decade in the most unchurched city in America. I refer, of course, to Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Mars Hill is not only innovative but theologically sound and fast growing, reaching over 6,000 in less than ten years while openly affirming solid teaching and spiritually sound church practice at the same time. It also has one of the most carefully planned and developed strategies for new church planting of any megachurch in America. For thirty-five years I hoped and prayed that pastors of large churches would adopt this type of approach to planting local churches. Read Mark’s excellent book and you will better understand why I believe this church is truly a missional powerhouse.
Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill are anything but perfect. That is precisely why I have come to love these folks so deeply. (I saw the same humility in the seventy-five or so pastors that I met with over the past four days in Colorado.) The Mars Hill leaders know that they have made some huge mistakes and they talk about them openly. Mark’s fine book will give you the good, the bad and the ugly. And it glorifies the Lord of the church in a fresh and wonderful way. My friend Robert Webber is right when he concludes that Mark Driscoll’s book will "school you, shape you, and mold you to have the right kind of prioities to lead the church in today’s messy world."