Mars Hill Shoreline
The whole multi-campus deal is something that I think could possibly work but doesn't or hasn't so far in Mars Hill's case... but I'll get to that later. Specifically shoreline wasn't all that friendly... I was only greeted by the person who "had to" and I was there before and after the service. The music was the one part of the whole experience that was really great, very worshipful but professional at the same time... a strange balance struck but they did it. I didn't know most of the songs... all but one hymn, that's because the worship band is a real band... "the northern conspiracy" (I think). On to the sermon, I say "please preach the Gospel" because I think too many preachers do what Mark Driscoll does: uses the church and the pulpit to conduct a self help or better living seminar. The church gathers, or should gather to worship God corporately... during the sermon I saw and heard teaching but not worship. Let's participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ instead of learning how Driscoll thinks I should date and marry especially during the season of Lent!!! Finally I don't think the multi-campus thing works for mars hill because from what I can see there is teaching coming from Driscoll to the six different campuses but no communication from the six campuses to Driscoll how do the events and lives of the individual campus communities impact how their "pastor" preaches? I don't think it does. How is a pastor (Driscoll) supposed to be pastoral in his preaching if he doesn't know his congregation and its issues?