Monday, April 30, 2007

Mark Driscoll - Banned Video

I just got this comment on my previous post and thought that is was worth full post status; only because so many people are coming to this blog to find out about the whole Driscoll - Hybels thing. It is from Life Point Church. It sounds like the video thing was a bit of a logistics and possibly an expectations problem. But, apparently the lack of getting the video out to everyone was not an intentional way of avoiding controversy.

Now, this will be my last post on the topic. This kind of stuff makes the church look bad. We are on the same team. Praise God we do things different, because these two pastors are likely reaching different people and I don't want any of these people to go to hell. Do you?

Let me set the record straight about this once and for all. I was a volunteer at the conference and worked with Scott from Acts 29 all week on the logistics of handling the video out. We also had 1800 Acts 29 brochures that did not arrive in time to be put in the bags at the beginning of the conference. As the conference was winding down we made a decision to hand the videos and brochures out via tables and volunteers at the 3 main doors and not each door to the sanctuary. We just did not have the people to do this nor was it feasible due to exit strategy. In no way, and I know first hand as I was in on the conversation, was their EVER any discussion by anyone associated with the conference that I know of NOT to hand out the video due to Bill Hybels remarks. What was quoted above IS THE QUOTE he said. You will be able to see for yourself when the main session videos are available on the conference website.
These rumors about the video being pulled from being given out are just NOT true. I know first hand what happened and now the record should be straight.

1 comment:

Scott Thomas said...

Since so many people are referring to this response as authoritative, even though it uses phrases such as "that I know of" and "to set the record straight," I thought I would add the more graceful and unifying perspective.

Here is what Acts 29 and the Exponential director agree about:

This year’s Exponential Conference generated much more controversial buzz during the closing session than was necessary or intended. The truth is that we don’t have to agree on every point to cooperate together for the advancement of the gospel. We are impressed with the wide span of quality people pulled together for the largest gathering of church planters in America. The purpose of the conference is to inspire and unify, not to divide or create theological debate. With over 60 hours of incredible teaching from over 35 national leaders, let’s not be polarized on just a few minutes. The other speakers and the conference coordinators are our friends and we are honored to be a part of the National New Church Conference and look forward to next year’s focus, The DNA of Reproducing Churches. Let’s get back on the mission to which Jesus called us.