The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Founded in 1996, Seattle’s Mars Hill Church was poised to be an influential, undeniable force in evangelicalism—that is until its spiraling collapse in 2014. The church and its charismatic founder, Mark Driscoll, had a promising start. But the perils of power, conflict, and Christian celebrity eroded and eventually shipwrecked both the preacher and his multimillion-dollar platform.

Latest Episodes

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 8: Demon Hunting
Episode 8|1 hr 4 min
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 8: Demon Hunting
Church growth turns toxic when the end of reaching people for Christ justifies the means.
Questioning the Origin Myth: A Rise and Fall Short Story
Episode 9|16 min
Questioning the Origin Myth: A Rise and Fall Short Story
Mark Driscoll’s calling to ministry was a fixture in the storytelling that shaped Mars Hill Church. But what’s the origin of the origin story?
I Kissed Christianity Goodbye
Episode “Bonus”|1 hr 3 min
I Kissed Christianity Goodbye
After almost two decades, Joshua Harris left ministry battered and exhausted. A few years later, he left the faith altogether. In this bonus episode of the podcast, we try to understand why.
State of Emergency
Episode 7|1 hr
State of Emergency
The urgency of the mission can make it tempting to change or suspend the rules, but doing so always paves the way for abuse of leadership.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 6: The Brand
Episode 6|1 hr
The Brand
The internet and new gospel partnerships fueled church growth in the early 2000s, but bigger isn’t always better.
The Things We Do To Women
Episode 5|56 min
The Things We Do To Women
When churches use sexuality to foster and motivate male commitment, women find themselves on the losing end.
‘I am Jack’s Raging Bile Duct’
Episode 4|51 min
‘I am Jack’s Raging Bile Duct’
Mars Hill found its mission field when it called men to live heroically for Jesus.
‘You Read the Bible, Ringo?’
Episode 3|50 min
‘You Read the Bible, Ringo?’
It takes tenacity to plant a church, but unchecked tenacity has consequences.
Boomers, The Big Sort, and Really, Really Big Churches
Episode 2|54 min
Boomers, The Big Sort, and Really, Really Big Churches
Post-war suburban church expansion charted a course that Mars Hill would follow.
Who Killed Mars Hill?
Episode 1|1 hr
Who Killed Mars Hill?
Almost overnight, after 18 years of ministry, Mars Hill Church closed its doors. The first episode of our new podcast asks who’s to blame.