Driscoll Drops Acts 29 & Gospel Coalition
"Everything is flourishing. So, I'm needing to focus."

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.

Read his full blog post here.

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.

March 30, 2012

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Matthew Smith

April 03, 2012  6:52pm

I'm not so sure this is an issue concerning Driscoll's leadership abilities or his notoriety as a preacher. It seems more like a re-evaluation of what Mark needs to be investing his time in. He didn't drop the Acts 29 network either, he's still on board, just not leading it. Driscoll reflecting on what's most important and taking more of a back seat in things seems very wise to me. I'd much rather read this article then a few years down the road be reading about how Mars Hill went under and Driscoll's family was in rough shape because he had overextended himself and burnt out.

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April 03, 2012  3:49pm

This makes me feel better about the Gospel Coalition.

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March 31, 2012  6:11pm

Well good on him for simplifying his life, and paring down the things that pull him in different directions. Every man, in fact, every woman as well need to review their interests, and pare down those things which pull them away, and if need be, cut loose those things which, interesting as they may be, are adding more stress than benefit.

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March 30, 2012  4:03pm

Locally here in Seattle there has been a great deal of negative press coverage for Mars Hill in recent weeks. It would be nice if Driscoll could get his house in order so that Christians dont get such a bad name here in the city.

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