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Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll to partner with Corban University and Western Seminary and host university classes at the Mars Hill Bellevue church campus.
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It seems an important Mars Hill/Mark Driscoll development may have slipped through the cracks while the world was paying attention to the Janet Mefferd and Mark Driscoll alleged plagiarism fiasco. Early December, Mars Hill and Corban University signed a partnership. Have you heard about it?
I knew that Mars Hill was one of the fastest growing churches in the Nation, but I was not aware that they were expanding their growth to universities. The Mars Hills Bellevue campus has plans for hosting university studies in fall of 2014. They are offering a one-year certificate program partnering with Corban University of Salem, Oregon. Additionally, a graduate program will also be offered, this program will be partnered with Western Seminary. Both the certificate and graduate programs will be hosted at Mars Hill in Bellevue, Washington.
Potential class offerings:
- Bible and Theology Foundation
- Ministry Skills Foundation
- Introduction to Bible
- Introduction to Theology
- Christian Worldview and Apologetics
- Biblical Spiritual Formation
- The Gospels
- Bible Study Methods
“Corban University is delighted to launch a one-year Bible certificate program in partnership with Mars Hill Church. This certificate prepares students to thrive in their faith whether they pursue university studies or serve in their local church. The certificate combines foundational biblical studies with practical ministry skills. It enables students to build a worldview that is anchored in the Scriptures and ready to answer the pressing questions of our day.”
Dr. Greg Trull, Dean, School of Ministry at Corban (Source)
But wait – – – guess who will be one of the teachers?
Driscoll, who is the founding, preaching, and vision pastor for Mars Hill Church adds, “As the father of a child on the threshold of college, I am thrilled to be part of teaching a one-year undergraduate Bible program. As a graduate of Western Seminary, I am very excited to host this top notch theological program and to be in the classroom investing in students committed to serving Jesus’ mission through the local church.” (Source)
Better yet, hear it from the MD man himself. This is a very short video.
A few thoughts:
Driscoll said he’s been praying for this for 17 years. Evidently Mars Hill thinks that the seminaries in the Seattle area need some help:
“We are officially bringing formal accredited theological education to Seattle. Not to criticize anyone that’s doing anything else, but we feel inclined of the Lord to do our thing.”
What exactly is “our thing?”
Do we need to be reminded how he writes books, allegedly failing to properly cite sources?
“I’m looking forward to being one of your professors.” ~Mark Driscoll
It concerns me that this man, with so many publicly known problems will be teaching new church leaders.
One more thing – he mentions “accredited” several times, yet I found this quote by Corban Provost Matt Lucas:
“This certificate is not included under Corban University’s accreditation until NWCCU approves the program.” (Source)
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