Leadership at Mars Hill

Leadership at Mars Hill Church starts with
JESUS

It’s his church, and he’s our senior pastor. Underneath the guidance of Jesus are leaders who are simply qualified Christians who follow Jesus and encourage others to follow him as well. At Mars Hill Church, our formal leadership structure involves elders, deacons, and church members.

Who is Jesus?


Elders

Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church.

The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.

For more on eldership, see Vintage Church and “FAQ: Women & Ministry” and listen to “1 Timothy 3:1–7.”

As a large church that meets in multiple locations and states, Mars Hill is governed by a body of executive elders who are first among equals on the eldership team. The executive elder team comprises three elders who oversee the vision, preaching, and teaching of the church, the operations of the church, and the ministries of the church, respectively.
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Executive Elders


Pastor Mark Driscoll

Preaching and Vision Pastor

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Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill. He is the primary preaching pastor for all Mars Hill churches and fulfills functions as the voice and visionary leading our most visible ministries.


Pastor Dave Bruskas

Teaching & Network Pastor

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Pastor Dave Bruskas oversees all Mars Hill churches and leads all of our on-the-ground ministries (music, Mars Hill Kids, Community Groups, etc.).


Pastor Sutton Turner

Executive Pastor

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Pastor Sutton Turner oversees Mars Hill’s central operations and business functions, including finance, property, communications, technology, and media. His kingly leadership helps keep church operations above reproach and on mission.

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Deacons

Jesus calls qualified men and women to lead his church as deacons, a word that is literally translated as “servants.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy in the church and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities.

At Mars Hill there are hundreds of deacons who assist the elders in the day-to-day functions of church administration and activity. Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, soberness, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation both in the church and outside the church.

For more on deacons, listen to “1 Timothy 3:8–16.”



Members

As a large church, Mars Hill relies on members to support our ministry and to carry out much of the work required to help accomplish our mission to have as many people meet Jesus as possible. It’s a high calling that takes hard work—but it’s also the most rewarding work.

The leadership of Mars Hill Church strives to love and care for its members well. In turn, we rely on our members to accomplish our collective work as the church. As an organization, we operate with minimal staff, budget, and programming because we trust the Holy Spirit to move through the transformed hearts of our members, mobilizing the collective body of Christ in humble ways to love the city, love our family, and glorify God on his terms.

If you’re desiring to make a deeper commitment to Mars Hill, we encourage you to become a member. Follow the steps listed here to get the process started.

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1. Connect

2. Believe

Mars Hill members are required to be professing Christians who believe and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior.

3. Learn

Each Mars Hill church offers a Membership Class to help you understand fully who we are as a church, what we believe, and how we operate. It’s also a great chance to meet others and get to know your leaders. We believe it’s important to know these things so that you can make an informed decision about membership.

Contact your local church to find out when they’ll be holding the next Membership Class.

4. Commit

Mars Hill members share in their commitment to the church by agreeing to our membership covenant and joyfully living in community, serving the church, and giving faithfully.

Member Covenant

5. Converse

As the final step in membership, you’ll meet with your Community Group leader for a final membership interview. This is an opportunity to confirm your commitment and ask any questions before being installed as a member.

It's All About Jesus

Jesus was a man who claimed to be God. Think on that for a minute. If that were true, how would it change the way you thought, felt, and lived this life?

At Mars Hill, we believe that Jesus is God. We take him at his word. Because of this, everything we do is all about Jesus. We invite you to learn more about this man who is God and how you can find forgiveness and new life in him.

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Making Disciples

God reveals himself through us to others. Our priority is to make disciples who love God and love others well.

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Planting Churches

God works through his church to make disciples. Our commitment is to plant churches that love God and love others.

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What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be nerve-racking. But having an idea of what to expect can help. There are three main parts to every Sunday service: preaching, worship, and kids. To learn more about each of these, click the links below.

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We value community

Church is more than a service. It’s people living life together and helping one another throughout our cities to serve our cities. Each week, thousands of people at Mars Hill meet in hundreds of small communities to learn about God, pray, eat, laugh, and live. We call these Community Groups—and they’re the heart of our church.

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Teaching & Training

We provide a number of resources to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. You’ll find videos on a number of topics and from various conferences. The Mars Hill Blog connects you to life around the church and personal growth. And Resurgence is a blog dedicated to helping you grow as a leader at home, work, and church.

Mars Hill Music

Mars Hill musicians write fresh music and rearrange timeless hymns for our worship services and recording. Explore Mars Hill Music.

Cheerful givers wanted

Jesus is the most generous person who ever lived. He gave his life so that we might live. As Christians, we give our time, talent, and money joyfully in response to Jesus’ generosity and to help more people meet Jesus.
 

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