Mars Hill RICO: Dismissed, What’s Next?

Mars Hill RICO: Dismissed, What’s Next? Since 2014, former members of Mars Hill Church threatened to and then filed a civil RICO litigation against me. I was never served with the lawsuit.  Although the plaintiffs filed a 42-page public complaint, … Read More

Mars Hill In Ethiopia: Video Recap

MARS HILL IN ETHIOPIA: VIDEO RECAP #TBT Pastor Sutton Turner shows us what the Lord is doing in Ethiopia, where he recently led a group of 11 church leaders to preach and encourage the church planters that you are supporting. … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss

Mars Hill RICO: Hail Mary Failed – Plaintiffs Agree to Dismiss I am very thankful that this civil RICO litigation will soon be over as the Plaintiffs have asked the court to dismiss the case since they failed to serve … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs

Mars Hill RICO: My Correspondence with Plaintiffs On February 29th, 2015, I was named in a Civil RICO lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea.  The Plaintiffs filed a 42-page complaint containing false accusations … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Never Served

Mars Hill RICO: Never Served Yesterday, my attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case that was pending against me. Even though the Jacobsens and Kildeas (Plaintiffs) and Brian Fahling (Plaintiff’s attorney) filed a 42-page document with the court and … Read More

Mars Hill RICO: Grieved and Saddened

Civil RICO: Grieved and Saddened I am deeply grieved and saddened along with my friends and former members of Mars Hill at the closing of our church. It was a ministry that grew me into a more godly man, husband, … Read More

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity (Leadership Culture Part 3)

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity Leadership Culture Part 3 (see part 1, part 2) A theology of forgiveness and repentance is put to the test when we have been sinned against. (Prior posts in this series covered the biblical … Read More

9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness (Leadership Culture Part 2)

9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness Leadership Culture Part 2 (see part 1) I am sure that most of you reading yesterday’s blog on repentance and forgiveness already knew much of what I wrote and explained. You have likely … Read More

Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader (Leadership Culture Part 1)

Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader Leadership Culture Part 1 (see part 2) As I look back at my experience at Mars Hill, one of my largest areas of personal sanctification and theological growth occurred in the area of repentance … Read More

Mars Hill Global – My Heart, My Mistakes, and My Critics

Mars Hill Global – My Heart, My Mistakes, and My Critics For almost a year now, significant tumult, emotion, and discussion has surrounded Mars Hill Global. Now that some time has passed since Mars Hill Church’s closure, I wanted to … Read More

When to Quit

When to Quit In the past, I’ve written about leaving well and laying off staff. What about those hard days in ministry when quitting crosses your mind? When will you know that it’s time to step away from vocational ministry? … Read More

Learning, Growing, & Communicating Under Criticism

Learning, Growing, & Communicating Under Criticism For the past several weeks, I have been planning to discuss the lessons I have learned from events and mistakes at Mars Hill Church on my website. Earlier this week, I wrote three separate … Read More

How Do You Lovingly Lay Off Church Staff?

How Do You Lovingly Lay Off Church Staff? Every year across the United States, 4,000 churches close their doors. The closing of Mars Hill Church was one of the more public in modern history because it was widely reported across social … Read More

Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board?

Church Governance: Local Elders or Outside Board? ResultSource Part 3 In my first months on staff at Mars Hill Church, the ResultSource contract was approved even though I had advised my direct supervisor against it. I don’t know who approved … Read More

Good Decisions Made by the Right People

Good Decisions Made by the Right People ResultSource Part 2 Your church or organization needs the right people in place to make the big, difficult, culture-shifting, church-altering decisions. The Bible details the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 … Read More

How to Follow When You Disagree

How to Follow When You Disagree ResultSource Part 1 Mars Hill Church closed on December 31, 2014 and by the grace of God, several new, independent churches were planted out of it. Romans 8:28 is clear that God uses everything … Read More