- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (31 Mar. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310270162
- ISBN-13: 978-0310270164
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series) Paperback – 31 Mar 2006
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This is the story of the birth and growth of Seattle's innovative Mars Hill Church, one of America's fastest growing churches located in one of America's toughest mission fields. It's also the story of the growth of a pastor, the mistakes he's made along the way, and God's grace and work in spite of those mistakes. Mark Driscoll's emerging, missional church took a rocky road from its start in a hot, upstairs youth room with gold shag carpet to its current weekly attendance of thousands. With engaging humor, humility, and candor, Driscoll shares the failures, frustrations, and just plain messiness of trying to build a church that is faithful to the Gospel of Christ in a highly post-Christian culture. In the telling, he's not afraid to skewer some sacred cows of traditional, contemporary, and emerging churches. Each chapter discusses not only the hard lessons learned but also the principles and practices that worked and that can inform your church's ministry, no matter its present size. The book includes discussion questions and appendix resources. "After reading a book like this, you can never go back to being an inwardly focused church without a mission.Even if you disagree with Mark about some of the things he says, you cannot help but be convicted to the inner core about what it means to have a heart for those who don't know Jesus." - Dan Kimball, author, "The Emerging Church". "...will make you laugh, cry, and get mad...school you, shape you, and mold you into the right kind of priorities to lead the church in today's messy world." - Robert Webber, Northern Seminary.
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Mark is the pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle ([...] This book tells the story of the development of Mars Hill from its tiny beginnings to its current 4000+ megachurch status. It raises all sorts of questions for me since some of Driscoll's assumptions--that size matters, that real men are macho, that women cannot lead, that Biblical truth requires one particular way of reading the Bible, and so on--are ones which I cannot share. Yet it is always good to read books which challenge one's assumptions and `Confessions' certainly does that.
Where the book is really strong is in its detailed account of the trials and triumphs of leading a church into growth. Mark is especially brave in laying bare his own weaknesses and prejudices. Although he clearly has a strong sense of his own importance to the church he is not afraid to expose himself as someone who is often tempted and needs a lot of support. If only more church leaders were able to do this!
If you are into apophatic theology (God cannot be known through the mind but only encountered as a person); if you are a fan of postmodern Bible reading; if you are convinced that Jesus came to preach kingdom rather than personal salvation; then do read this book. It offers an important witness to the fact that it is possible to build a missional church with an `old-fashioned' conservative reformed theology--at least in the US.
I can't say that I enjoyed the book, it often seemed too dogmatic and intolerant for me, but I was certainly stimulated by it and some of Mark Driscoll's principles are worth pondering in any context.
Confessions is an exciting read and one that is hard to put down. It is brutally honest about leading a church in a post-modern culture and dispels any image that one might have that leading a church is an easy, almost romantic duty. From what Mark Driscoll depicts, it is anything but easy or romantic and I for one am not the sort of man who could manage such a task. In the short ten-year history of Mars Hill, Driscoll has variously faced: post-modern craziness, dreadful worship leaders, eviction from the church buildings, marital issues, demonic attacks, tambourine wielding charismatics and preaching through the Song of Songs. Yet by the grace of God he has survived such trials and brought the Gospel of love and freedom to the many `unreachable' of Seattle.
Throughout Confessions you cannot fail but to see how much Driscoll loves Jesus and how much it pains him when those around him either reject Jesus or detract from his glory. It is also clear that Mark is a sinner, like I am a sinner and it is truly remarkable how God has used him despite his shortcomings.
Reading Confessions has certainly deepened my respect for Driscoll and that said I do have some concerns about Driscoll.Read more ›
I could not help but get caught up in his account, sharing frustrations, seeing opportunities to be grasped, rejoicing at the breakthroughs. Sometimes coming over harsh, Driscoll nevertheless spells and spits out what most of us are thinking, hoping and fearing, and so I would not expect everyone to understand or easily cope with some of the angst and thought processes he details. Not everyone is called to church leadership.
I like the way he systematically and chronologically takes us through the various stages of his church's growth, personally applying the lessons he has been learning in the process. This is a book that I did not find hard to read and I could not put down until I had finished.
I heartily recommend it to all those who love God, love his Word and want to part of his great mission in the world through the church.
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I really didn't like this book. I got a strong sense through out it that Mark was struggling and his perception of members of his congregation and family (wife in particular) was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lorna
Quite simply the best Christian paperback ever!
Driscoll moulds theology, ecclesiology, leadership practice and biography together in the most wonderful way, producing the... Read more
Mark Driscoll is the leader of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. It is one of the largest churches in the USA and currently has a membership of 8000 people. Read morePublished on 22 July 2008 by K. Leversuch
This book has helped revive my commitment to church planting in the UK. The divide between those committed to cultural engagement, and those afraid of culture seems to grow, but... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2008 by M. Erwin
Straight talking, hard hitting, biblical and funny - the remarkable journey of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2008 by Mark Landreth-smith
This is a great book to have a look see how a Pastor with a biblically based theology works to reach out to a group of people who haven't grown up with a traditional Christian... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2008 by Robert Bridgewater
First read this book over a year ago now and couldn't put it down. In fact I stayed up most of the night until I finished it. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2008 by Mr. Francis E. Murphy
I read and digested the truths of this book in less than a week. Here is a guy (dude) who bears his heart for the truth of The Gospel and records & discusses in all honesty how... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2006 by Dr T J
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