PART 2. RESEARCH GUIDE TO MARS HILL CHURCH ORGANIZATIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
Part 1. Research Guide to Mark Driscoll’s Personal Issues
Part 2. Mars Hill Church Organizational/Institutional Issues
- Part 2A. Four types of organizational forms found in “Mars Hill.” Official source links and summary profiles.
- Part 2B. General background on top legal problems for non-profits.
- Part 2C. Five potential legal/ethical problems: inurement; misappropriation of funds solicited with a specified designation; spoliation of evidence; constitution, bylaws, and board structure; and conflicts of interest.
Part 3. Recommendations for Public Remediation by Mark Driscoll, Other Mars Hill Leaders, and Mars Hill Church
Part 4. Research Guide and Recommendations for Issues Related to “Commenders” of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church
Part 2B. General Background on Top Legal Problems for Non-Profits
The Process in The Next Two Posts
Parts 2B and 2C together create a step-by-step tutorial to help take you to a basic level of understanding on relevant legal and ethical standards regarding key non-profit problems. This base is intended to equip you with a set of “system indicators” for healthy/toxic organizations, so you can evaluate for yourself various allegations of improprieties against Mars Hill and its leaders.
Part 2B covers general legal/ethical background from two sources:
- IRS requirements for non-profit compliance,
- An article on Top 10 Legal Problems of Non-Profits.
Part 2C focuses in on five specific potential problems for Mars Hill Church, most of the five being considered both unethical and illegal.
- Misappropriation of funds solicited with a specified designation.
- Spoliation of evidence.
- Governance: Constitution, bylaws, and board structure.
- Conflicts of interest.
At the end of each of these five issues is a do-it-yourself case study section. This features links to primary source original documents by those currently or formerly at Mars Hill Church, and/or to secondary research and analysis posts about Mars Hill Church. Here you can apply the discernment frameworks to specifics about Mars Hill’s organizations (from Part 2A), leaders, and activities and come up with your own conclusions about the relative health or toxicity of the its church system, and what potential consequences you think could and/or should ensue.
Regardless of your eventual findings about Mars Hill Church, if you are involved in a church or ministry non-profit organization yourself, the information in this tutorial could spare you from some potentially disastrous consequences. The problems discussed are ones that harm people. They also waste an organization’s resources. Some can also potentially put the non-profit’s tax-exempt status at risk. So, this information can help your organization to do good plus do no harm, and maintain its tax-exempt status as a corporation created to serve the public interest. Continue reading