Mars Hill Church Cancels Resurgence Conference 2014 Amid Mark Driscoll Controversy

by Christian Examiner |

((Photo: Mars Hill Church/File))Pastor Mark Driscoll speaks in this 2012 file photo.

Mars Hill Church has canceled its annual Resurgence Conference for 2014, with reports claiming that the cancellation has come about with issues stemming from controversy surrounding Pastor Mark Driscoll.

"The Resurgence Conference has always been born out of our love of Jesus and the church, and the desire to support efforts to grow leaders to grow churches. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this year's conference due to unforeseen changes to our speaker line-up and other challenges we believe would make it difficult to provide the quality of conference people have come to expect from Resurgence," the church said in a statement.

The conference has been expected to feature a number of leading evangelical leaders, however, a number reportedly canceled, with some even reportedly cutting ties with Driscoll.

Just last week Driscoll was dismissed from Acts 29, a church planting network he founded, with questions raised over his leadership.

Those who were scheduled to attend the Resurgence 2014 conference in Bellevue, Washington included Greg Laurie, James MacDonald, Paul Tripp among others.

However, following the controversy surrounding Driscoll, MacDonald and Tripp resigned from a Mars Hill oversight board.

In recent months, Driscoll has been put under the media microscope after he was accused of plagiarism, and for hiring a marketing company to ensure his book "Real Marriage" made the New York Times bestsellers list.

More recently he was accused by some former members of his church of dismissing leaders from Mars Hill in an inappropriate manner.

Others have accused Driscoll of misconduct, claiming he abused his authority, mistreated people, and created an unhealthy culture.

The continued controversy surrounding Driscoll even resulted in LifeWay dropping his books from its website and near-200 retail stores.