Notes from a series of 8 episodes on the Older Pastor/Younger Pastor podcast where Ryan Williams, Dave Bruskas, and Sutton Turner reflect on their time at Mars Hill Church in Seattle and share lessons they have learned.
1. Put away the desire for size.
2. The church is in danger when the focus of the leaders is on performance, pragmatism, and polish.
3. Having numbers does not mean you have health. The problem of growing breadth without growing depth.
4. Be alert to the temptation of focusing on the ‘brand name’ or building your platform.
5. Love the people in front of you, not your online audience.
6. Sermon driven small groups doesn’t give people enough content.
7. Is the congregation biblically illiterate?
8. Mars Hill Church was a men’s ministry. There was a neglect of women and children. Women especially were marginalised and not allowed to use their gifts well or have a voice in church life.
9. You can’t beat a local pastor preaching the Bible to people whom he knows and loves. Shepherds know their people.
10. Don’t be intimidated by other gifted teachers.
11. In order to make disciples, you need to know what a disciple is. Bill Clem’s book ‘Disciple’ was recommended.
12. Mars Hill gave their best discipling to would be leaders rather than to the congregation at large.
13. Does the structure of your local church support discipleship?
14. It was fascinating to listen in to these discussions by those who were in the know. Here are the links to all the episodes:
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E1: Lessons on Repentance
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E2: Lessons on Accountability
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E3: Lessons on Church Growth
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E4: Lessons on Money
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E5: Lessons on Discipleship
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E6: Lessons on Narcissism (with Dr Chuck DeGroat)
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E7: Lessons on Power
Pastoral Lessons from Mars Hill Church E8: Lessons on Recovering After Crisis
(Photo: Frank Brown)