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It's all about . . . Numbers

Latest Tweet from Mars Hill:

Easter at Mars Hill: 10,500 attended, offerings good and over 325 baptisms. First time ever over 10K. Great day.

Now, Mars Hill Church is starting Mars Hill Global, an effort to see

Mars Hill Church grow into a worldwide movement encompassing no less than 100 campuses and 50.000 people living for Jesus.

This is not church planting. This is creating hundreds of “campuses” worldwide who will all watch Mark Driscoll on a screen. From thier introductory document:

Mars Hill Church is a single church that meets in various campuses. Our multi-campus
approach began as an effort to accommodate growth, and has since become a unique form
of church planting in its own right.

In some ways, a local campus functions much like an independent church, with its own
staff, elder team, and programs. A campus pastor leads the effort as the visible presence
from the pulpit (preaching roughly ten Sundays every year) and as the authority for all
campus matters.

The campus model allows people to participate in the ministry of Mars Hill Church and
benefit from Pastor Mark’s teaching and other resources, while at the same time experiencing
many of the benefits of a smaller church, such as intimate community, neighborhood ties,
and proximity.

Also, the campus model allows pastors and local leaders to do ministry and spread the
gospel without having to deal with the many administrative tasks—managing HR and
budgets, building websites and databases—that hinder many churches. It also provides a
way for smaller, dying churches to reinvigorate their local ministry by joining the mission
of Mars Hill.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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