On Wednesday Mark Driscoll announced his resignation from the presidency of the Acts 29 church planting network. The same day leaders from The Gospel Coalition said they received a letter from Driscoll announcing his resignation from the group's leadership council.
In a statement released by Driscoll, he made it clear that no one asked him to resign and that he will continue to support both Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition. No conflict or controversy was behind his decision. Rather, says Driscoll, "I'm transitioning for no other reason than I find myself at the end of my tether with time and energy."
It was announced that Matt Chandler will assume the presidency of Acts 29, and the group's headquarters will move from Seattle to Dallas. Driscoll will remain on the board.
A blog post by Driscoll explains that with the success of his latest book, the growth of Acts 29, Mars Hill, and other ministries, it has become necessary to adjust his involvement and priorities. In a nutshell, he will be devoting more of his time to Mars Hill in the days ahead.
But these changes to raise some interesting questions. As a founding member of both Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition, have these ministries outgrown Driscoll's leadership? Many founders have gifts and strengths that don't always translate well to leading established ministries. And is Driscoll's celebrity status ultimately an asset or hindrance to these groups?
Either way, it seems that the future of both Acts 29 and TGC will no longer be hitched to Driscoll's star.