I get scared of fads – where the body of Christ jumps on the latestpaperback as the answer to whatever problems the Church is facing, orwill be the thing that brings "the" revival. People are begin to talkabout Mark Driscoll’s writings in those ways. I hope people don’t treatthem like a fad, because they are genuinely challenging and will beongoingly helpful. Please read his honest and inspiring assessment of 10 years of Mars Hill.
The rise in popularity of Mark Driscoll and his book "Confessions of a Reformission Rev"has been meteoric. And justifiably so! The guys have Mars Hill Churchin Seattle have done an outstanding work so far, growing a Church thatis theologically conservative, but culturally liberal. Confessions of a Reformission Rev is a great book – and is shaping and challenging our thinking as we plant the Gateway Church.
Here’s a snippet… "We need both portraits, the humble, incarnatedChrist and the triumphant, exalted Christ, to truly understand JesusChrist. As we get to know the humble, incarnated Christ, we learn howto be missional and lovingly relate to people in their culture. As weget to know the glorified, exalted Christ, we learn to be confident andbold because we proclaim his victory over Satan, sin, death and hell."
"I learned that in a small church, ministry is generally something thepastor does for his people and that people chip in if and when theyfeel like it. I feared that if this mindset remained in my church, itwould either fail to grow or grow and bury me in work for lazy andungrateful church people.
As our church continued to meet, it became clear that three types of people were showing up…"
Mark’s book details how they grew Mars Hill from 0-45,45-75,75-150,150-350, 350-1000, 1000-4000 and then onwards. He isrefreshingly honest, shocking, challenging and fun to read all at once.Well worth a buy and read.
Also worth a look is
"The Radical Reformission – reaching out without selling out"