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Feb 3, 2012 DeaconD commented on Church or Cult?.
Sorry for the double post there. Didn't think the first one went through.
Feb 3, 2012 DeaconD commented on Church or Cult?.
I'm a deacon at Mars Hill and have been a member of the church for eight years. Because the names of the people interviewed in this article have been omitted, and the accused haven't been provided the opportunity to respond, I can't comment on those cases specifically. That said, I don't doubt that some of these accounts are probably true.

When I first came to MH, our congregation consisted of 1,000 people in one location. Today we are 15,000 people in 14 locations. We have dozens of pastors, hundreds of deacons, and hundreds of community group leaders, and in any organization of that size there will inevitably be some problems.

No one is required to become a member to attend services at Mars Hill, and everyone knows the rules when they sign the Member Covenant. Don't like the rules, don't join. There are leaders in the church I don't agree with either, just as there are in my day job. If you have a problem with one leader, take up the issue with another, or switch groups/locations. I'll bet that every day of the week, people get fired from Microsoft for not being "team players", or failing to follow the terms of their employment contracts. But I don't see the Stranger writing articles entitled "Software company or cult?"

Mars Hill leaders are human and flawed, just like everyone else. And when we make mistakes, we are disciplined or removed, just like our members. And for every one story like the ones mentioned in this article, I can tell you a dozen other stories of people like myself, who were saved from lives of abuse, drug addiction, depression, and hopelessness through the grace and work of Jesus Christ at Mars Hill.
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