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

Paint the Beauty We Split: A Conversation With Chad Gardner
Episode 14|44min
Paint the Beauty We Split: A Conversation With Chad Gardner
On this bonus episode of The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, we talk to Kings Kaleidoscope's Chad Gardner about faith and music before and after Mars Hill.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Special Episode: CT Reports on Itself
Episode 13|1 hr 2min
CT Reports on Itself
Will you tell the truth about yourself when it’s embarrassing to do so?
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 12: Aftermath
Episode 12|2 hrs 31min
Aftermath
What happens to your faith when your church is torn apart?
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 11: Tempest
Episode 11|2 hrs 35min
The Tempest
It wasn’t one thing that ended Mars Hill. It was one thing after another, after another, after another…
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill: Boca Raton’s Church Planting O.G.
Episode Bonus|46min
Boca Raton’s Church Planting O.G.
The story behind the Acts 29 church planting network’s origins.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 10: Red Sky at Morning
Episode 10|53min
Red Sky at Morning
Outsized ambitions at morning; pastors, take warning.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 9: The Bobby Knight Problem
Episode 9|55min
The Bobby Knight Problem
Whether we seek championship banners or church growth, we’re all in danger of using the end to justify the means.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Episode 8: Demon Hunting
Episode 8|1 hr 4min
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|16min
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 3min
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.