So yesterday I helped create a moveon.org petition to request Mark Driscoll be uninvited from speaking at Liberty University on April 20. The petition is sponsored by Sophia's Voice, which is a group dedicated to helping spiritual abuse victims and to seeing Mark Driscoll's influence significantly decreased. We are also interested in staying in the room with disagreement and having dialogue with those the church would deem outsiders. Here is our strategy (strategery): I met with social justice groups over the past week after news outlets have failed to pick up any of the spiritual abuse stories coming out of Mars Hill church. It's fucked up how Driscoll has a bestselling book on godly marriage while at the same time alarming stories from behind the scenes of his church have been coming out on sites like Jesus Needs New PR and Joyful Exiles. We've emailed major papers and news sites to ask them to spotlight the testimonies of insider experiences coming out of Mars Hill, andl the only one who would pick up the story was The Stranger. Not Christianity Today, not any of the Timeses type papers - no one.
So to raise curiosity about a problem (emotional and spiritual devastation coming out of Mars Hill church) that we have seen for years in our community and now spreading nationwide as Driscoll's fame and Acts 29 church network grows, we need to spark curiosity about what is happening behind the scenes. If demand is created then news outlets will cover these devastating stories of people who were once on the inner circle of Mars Hill church. Since Driscoll is a national bestseller and getting lots of media attention we decided to petition Liberty University to rescind their invite for Driscoll to speak on their campus on April 20th. We think that would get the conservatives and fundamentalists engaged as well. Once the truth is brought to light then healing can begin, as any survivor will tell you.
Here's the link petition. Do with it what you will. No pressure! I just wanted to tell you cause we need signatures. We want 5,000. We think that is the Lord's will. heh
Petition for Liberty University to disinvite Driscoll