Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2E – Research Guide Table of Contents

MARK DRISCOLL AND MARS HILL ~ POSTS IN RESEARCH GUIDE SERIES

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 1 – Research Guide to Mark Driscoll’s Personal Issues

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2A – Five Types of Organizational Forms at “Mars Hill” (UPDATED)

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2B – General Background on Top Legal Problems for Non-Profits

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2C – Five Potential Legal/Ethical Problems for Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll, and Its Other Leaders

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2D – Putting It All Together

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Research Guide – Part 2E – Research Guide Table of Contents

Synthesizing the “Mars Hill Research Guide” and “Responsibility for Spiritual Abuse” Series – Introducing the Capstone Articles and Case Study

Capstone Article 1 – A Critique of the Three Official Options for Dissolution of Mars Hill Church

Capstone Article 2 – Some Words for Discernment for Those from Mars Hill

Capstone Article 3 – Answering the Original FAQ List About Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill

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RESEARCH GUIDE ~ TABLE OF CONTENTS

NOTE: Blue headline titles are links to that post.

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PART 1. RESEARCH GUIDE TO MARK DRISCOLL’S PERSONAL ISSUES

Series Introduction

Formal Charges and Asking Key Questions

List of Official Charges

Questions to Answer

Resources for Tracking Mark Driscoll’s Character Issues

Summaries of key personal and/or organizational issues

Timelines and documents for issues going back to early 2000s

Some key first-person accounts – 1990s and early to mid-2000s

Resource sites with many first-person accounts and analysis

Announcement of August 24, 2014; background information; and interpretations

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PART 2. RESEARCH GUIDE TO MARS HILL CHURCH ORGANIZATIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

PART 2A. FIVE TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS AT “MARS HILL”

Purposes and Sources for Part 2

Other Notes

1. Five Types of Organizational Forms Found in “Mars Hill”

Orienting to Relevant Organization Types at “Mars Hill”

Type #1 – Tax-Exempt Organization (EO) ~ 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Type #2 – Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Type #3 – Charitable Remainder UniTrust (CRUT)

Type #4 – Revocable Living Trust

Type #5 – For-Profit Corporation

Concluding Thoughts and an Example for Homework

2. Mars Hill – Official Source Links and Summary Profiles

Washington State Agencies – Sources for Official Records

Reference List ~ Active Entities Related to Mars Hill Church and Mark Driscoll

Reference List ~ Inactive Entities Related to Mars Hill Church and Mark Driscoll

Type #1 – Non-Profit Corporations and 501(c)(3)

Type #2 – Limited Liability Companies ~ LLCs

Type #3 – Charitable Remainder UniTrust (CRUT)

Type #4 – Revocable Living Trusts

Entities Still Under Study

Inactive Entities

3. Mars Hill Church Compilation Reports and IRS Forms 990

Mars Hill Church Compilation Reports

Mars Hill Church IRS Forms 990

4. Other Research Sources on Mars Hill Organizations and Issues

Mars Hill Church / Mars Hill Fellowship ~ Nonprofit

On Mission LLC

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PART 2B. GENERAL BACKGROUND ON TOP LEGAL PROBLEMS FOR NON-PROFITS

The Process in The Next Two Posts

A Few Words of Introduction …

Step 1 – Review IRS Requirements

The Compliance Guide – Basic Prohibitions and Problems

The Nonprofit Complaint Form – Specific Problems and Points of Jeopardy

  • CATEGORIES OF CHARGES.
  • LIMITATIONS ON INVESTIGATIONS OF CHURCHES.
  • IRS REVIEW PROCESS AND OPTIONS.
  • WASHINGTON STATE AS AN EXAMPLE.
  • CIVIL LAWSUITS.
  • DISCLOSURE PROHIBITION.

General Reference – IRS Manual and Resources for Non-Profits

IRS Regulations – Potential Implications

Step 2 – Consider Top 10 Nonprofit Problems

Top 10 Legal Risks Article – Original Version

Top 10 Legal Risks Article – Notes-and-Tips Version

Top 10 Legal Risks – Potential Implications

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PART 2C. FIVE POTENTIAL LEGAL/ETHICAL PROBLEMS FOR MARS HILL CHURCH, MARK DRISCOLL, AND ITS OTHER LEADERS

Step 3 – Tutorials for Five Core Problems with Mars Hill Church

My Perspective: Frameworks for Research and Interpretation

Some Final Notes

Inurement

Key Points and Significance

Detailed Description and Examples

Additional Resources

Inurement – Potential Application to Mars Hill

  • Total compensation package for Executive Elders, and whether any of those constitute “excessive compensation.”
  • Compensation for Board of Advisors and Accountability
  • The use of tax-exempt donations given to Mars Hill Church, to pay a $200,000+ contract with ResultSource Inc.
  • The appearance of using church funds almost as the equivalent of a “loan” to cover the ResultSource Inc. contract.

Explore Research Articles on Mars Hill Church

Restricted/Designated Solicited Funds

Key Points and Significance

Detailed Description and Examples

  1. SOLICITED VERSUS UNSOLICITED DESIGNATIONS.
  2. DISCLAIMER AT TIME OF SOLICITATION.
  3. ILLEGALITY OF MISAPPROPRIATION OF RESTRICTED FUNDS.
  4. WHY MISAPPROPRIATION IS NOT FOUND IN A SPECIFIC IRS CODE.

Additional Resources

Restricted/Designated Solicited Funds – Potential Application to Mars Hill

  • The Global Fund.
  • The Jesus Festival.

Explore Research Articles on Mars Hill Church

Spoliation of Evidence

Key Points and Significance

Detailed Description and Examples

  • RANGE OF LEGAL DEFINITIONS.
  • STATE-BY-STATE STATUTES.
  • WASHINGTON STATE.

Spoliation of Evidence – Potential Application to Mars Hill

  • Email Deletion Policy, December 2013.
  • Website Scrubbing.

Explore Research Articles on Mars Hill Church

Governance Policies and Practices

Key Points and Significance

Detailed Description and Examples

Additional Resources

Corporate Structure – Potential Application to Mars Hill

  • Bylaw Changes in 2007 – Was it the Spiritual Equivalent of a “Hostile Takeover”?

Explore Research Articles on Mars Hill Church

Conflicts of Interest

Key Points and Significance

Detailed Description and Examples

Conflicts of Interest – Potential Application to Mars Hill

  • Board Membership.
  • Real Marriage Book, ResultSource Contract, and Mars Hill Church.

Concluding Thoughts and an Example for Homework

Explore Research Articles on Mars Hill Church

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PART 2D. PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

Introductory Notes

Introducing the Compilation Charts and Graphics

Introduction: Sources for Research Guide, Part 2

  • PRIMARY SOURCES/DOCUMENTS AND PERSONAL NARRATIVES.
  • SECONDARY SOURCES/INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND ANALYSIS.

Putting Part 2 Together, and Creating Visual Versions

  • WASHINGTON STATE.
  • COLORADO.

Entities Involved with Mars Hill and/or Mark Driscoll

Washington State Public Information Compilation

Side-by-Side Comparison Charts

Detailed Version of Charts

Shortened Forms of Charts

Organizational System Graphics

1. Mars Hill Church Organizational System

  • Image: Mars Hill Church Organizational System ~ Draft #2 ~ September 6, 2014

2. Mars Hill Church Campuses

  • Image: Mars Hill Church Campuses ~ Draft #2 ~ September 6, 2014

3. Mark Driscoll and Related Personal Trusts, LLCs, etc.

  • Image: Mark Driscoll and Related Trusts LLCs ~ Draft #2 ~ September 6, 2014

4. Following the Funds …

Key Associations and Contractual Partnerships

Non-Profit Associations

  • ACTS29 NETWORK.
  • EVANGELICAL COUNCIL FOR FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY (ECFA).
  • THE GOSPEL COALITION.

Contractual Partnerships

  • RESULTSOURCE INC.
  • TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS.

Concluding Thoughts

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 PART 2E. RESEARCH GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS

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PART 3. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PUBLIC REMEDIATION BY MARK DRISCOLL, OTHER MARS HILL LEADERS, AND MARS HILL CHURCH

To be added.

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PART 4. RESEARCH GUIDE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ISSUES RELATED TO “COMMENDERS” OF MARK DRISCOLL AND MARS HILL CHURCH

To be added.

 

 

 

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