In an email to supporters earlier today:
The Resurgence and our Move to Phoenix
The Mars Hill Church board also very recently approved the sale of the assets of The Resurgence ministries through an independent auction conducted by a law firm. Having now gained first access to these resources, it will be some time before we catalogue and decide what will happen with the content.
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After meeting with many former church leaders for reconciliation and closure in Seattle, our family is in the midst of a new adventure as we have moved to the Phoenix area.
There are no concrete plans for ongoing local church ministry as of yet. This remains a calling and desire, but my plan is not to rush into anything. Instead, caring for each member of our family, seeking the wise counsel of pastors we are walking with, and building local relationships with Christian leaders to help build churches locally and globally is our focus. Beyond that, we will see how the Lord leads. If anything more develops we will let you know via this newsletter.
A guiding Scripture in the past year that has helped us has been Philippians 4:5-7:
“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Looks like a sweet deal on the mailing list. I wonder if this is the mailing list which caused Justin Dean so much trouble (link, link). In any case, I wonder where the independent auction was advertised. Who knew about it and participated? And what does “first access” mean?
The Resurgence domain and other assets were being sold for $100,000 at one point. And recall that the Resurgence mailing list was offered for sale by something called ChurchLeadersList.com with less than happy results.
Awhile back, I asked twenty-plus former Mars Hill Church elders if there had been a time of reconciliation with Mark Driscoll and over half said there had been no contact, the rest did not answer.
Phoenix it is. I called it in May. Some in Seattle are saying that at least one family has moved from Seattle to Phoenix to help the Driscoll’s plant a new church. Several sources in Phoenix have contacted me to say that Driscoll has discussed planting a church there and may even have a building.
At least one church has the welcome mat out:
Mark Driscoll moving to the valley means more people won to Jesus. @PastorMark #welcomemark
— Prodigal Church (@prodigalaz) July 28, 2015