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Acts 29 founder removed from Acts 29

Posted by on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Conservative pastor Mark Driscoll and his Seattle church were removed from the Acts 29 church-planting network Driscoll founded in 1998.

The network counts more than 500 member churches, with 16 located in North Carolina and five in Raleigh alone.

An August 8 message posted to the Acts 29 website confirms that Driscoll and his Mars Hill church were removed from membership. The message alludes to “accusations against Mark” which “make it untenable to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network.”

Psychology professor and specialist in religious issues Warren Throckmorton posted a letter on his blog from the Board of Acts 29, a group of seven pastors, addressing Driscoll’s dismissal and urging him to “seek help.”

Driscoll acted as president of Acts 29 until 2012, when the network's Board was formed. Driscoll turned the leading role over to Dallas pastor Matt Chandler.

“Over the past three years, our board and network have been the recipients of countless shots and dozens of fires directly linked to you and what we consider ungodly and disqualifying behavior,” the pastors' letter states.

“We have both publically and internally tried to support and give you the benefit of the doubt, even when multiple pastors in our network confirmed this behavior.”

Driscoll has been roundly  criticized for his misogynistic and homophobic views, both outside of and within the Christian evangelical community.

The INDY reported on a popular Acts 29 Raleigh-based church in February.

Jessica Janes, the communication director for Vintage Church, said the church is choosing not to respond to inquiries regarding Driscoll’s removal “out of respect for Acts 29.”

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