This is the story of the birth and growth of Seattles innovative Mars Hill Church, one of Americas fastest growing churches located in one of Americas toughest mission fields. Its also the story of the growth of a pastor, the mistakes hes made along the way, and Gods grace and work in spite of those mistakes. Mark Driscolls emerging, missional church took a rocky road from its start in a hot, upstairs youth room with gold shag carpet to its current weekly attendance of thousands. With engaging humor, humility, and candor, Driscoll shares the failures, frustrations, and just plain messiness of trying to build a church that is faithful to the gospel of Christ in a highly post-Christian culture. In the telling, hes not afraid to skewer some sacred cows of traditional, contemporary, and emerging churches. Each chapter discusses not only the hard lessons learned but also the principles and practices that worked and that can inform your churchs ministry, no matter its present size. The book includes discussion questions and appendix resources. After reading a book like this, you can never go back to being an inwardly focused church without a mission. Even if you disagree with Mark about some of the things he says, you cannot help but be convicted to the inner core about what it means to have a heart for those who dont know Jesus.Dan Kimball, author,The Emerging Church
will make you laugh, cry, and get mad
school you, shape you, and mold you into the right kind of priorities to lead the church in todays messy world.Robert Webber, Northern Seminary
Mark Driscoll is one of the 50 most influential pastors in America, and the founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle (www.marshillchurch.org), the Paradox Theater, and the Acts 29 Network which has planted scores of churches. Mark is the author of The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out. He speaks extensively around the country, has lectured at a number of seminaries, and has had wide media exposure ranging from NPRs All Things Considered to the 700 Club, and from Leadership Journal to Mother Jones magazine. Hes a staff religion writer for the Seattle Times. Along with his wife and children, Mark lives in Seattle.