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To seal the deal, the prospective member must formally agree to submit to the "authority" of the Mars Hill leadership.
Driscoll, the church's cofounder and public face, has made a name for himself with his strutting, macho interpretation of Christianity, one in which men are unquestioned heads of their households and "chick-ified church boys," as he calls them, need not apply.
He rails against mainstream Christians who imagine a "Richard Simmons, hippie, queer Christ...
a neutered and limp-wristed popular Sky Fairy." Instead, he has molded a doctrine based on manliness, sexual purity, and submission to authority: wives to husbands, husbands to pastors, and everyone to God.
The HOPE has been so well received among missionaries worldwide that it has become the primary focus of Mars Hill’s current season of ministry.
The most recent Mars Hill project, The HOPE, is an 80 minute dramatic presentation of God’s redemptive story from creation through Christ.
"There is church leadership to guide and provide order," he says, "but not lordship over the congregation." Hanyok spent 21 years in the US Marines and says, "Poor leadership is one of my pet peeves...
the church isn't to come in and tell me how to manage my family." Hanyok says he used to watch Driscoll's sermons online, but doesn't anymore.
But I can continue my spiritual walk just fine at a different church...
Mars Hill seems crazy to me now." ast week, a similar story from a former Mars Hill member named Andrew erupted into an online firestorm that left some church critics, including longtime members who've since departed, wondering aloud whether Mars Hill is crossing the line from church to cult.While previous Mars Hill projects were primarily effective at reaching westernized audiences, The HOPE is being used to reach an extremely wide variety of tongues, tribes, and nations with the Gospel of Christ.