A banned video, Mark Driscoll, Bill Hybels and the role of women in leadership

This past week at a nationwide church planting conference in Florida Mark Driscoll, a blunt genXer pastor known to speak his mind, appeared on video to the thousands in attendance.  The content of his video was about church planting and how church planters are like soldiers.  Driscoll strongly is for male leadership and his 8-minute talk pretty much reflected his views, which would not surprise those familiar with him and his ministry in Seattle.  Bill Hybels, a boomer, clearly rebuked Driscoll for not considering the women who lead church plants.  If you are familiar with Bill Hybels this is of no surprise, either.  The result of this spat was the decision by the event leaders to not distribute a copy of the video to the attendees.

Here is the video to see for yourself.

I think this could be an interesting case study in leadership.  Even though Hybels had a contrary  viewpoint, I see no evidence that he demanded this action.  Why did the event leaders ban the video?  Often in leadership we react to conflict and lively debate with horror when really the liveliness means passion and concern.  In leading the church, it seems we are afraid to show our cards and often will overreact by pulling something back or by spinning the issue or by silencing people who cause the conflict as in this case.

We try to cut the edges off.  Driscoll has edges, which is one reason I like him.  Hybels spoke his mind, too, which is why I like him as well.  What is the big deal?  We could get into a debate about gender roles in leadership in the church, but that is something I think would cloud the point we might learn from this event. 

Are we diminished by debate as Christians, or is this is chance to shine?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. Let me set the record straight about this once and for all. I was a volunteer at the conference and worked with Scott from Acts 29 all week on the logistics of handling the video out. We also had 1800 Acts 29 brochures that did not arrive in time to be put in the bags at the beginning of the conference. As the conference was winding down we made a decision to hand the videos and brochures out via tables and volunteers at the 3 main doors and not each door to the sanctuary. We just did not have the people to do this nor was it feasible due to exit strategy. In no way, and I know first hand as I was in on the conversation, was their EVER any discussion by anyone associated with the conference that I know of NOT to hand out the video due to Bill Hybels remarks. What was quoted above IS THE QUOTE he said. You will be able to see for yourself when the main session videos are available on the conference website.These rumors about the video being pulled from being given out are just NOT true. I know first hand what happened and now the record should be straight.

  2. Let me set the record straight about this once and for all. I was a volunteer at the conference and worked with Scott from Acts 29 all week on the logistics of handling the video out. We also had 1800 Acts 29 brochures that did not arrive in time to be put in the bags at the beginning of the conference. As the conference was winding down we made a decision to hand the videos and brochures out via tables and volunteers at the 3 main doors and not each door to the sanctuary. We just did not have the people to do this nor was it feasible due to exit strategy. In no way, and I know first hand as I was in on the conversation, was their EVER any discussion by anyone associated with the conference that I know of NOT to hand out the video due to Bill Hybels remarks. What was quoted above IS THE QUOTE he said. You will be able to see for yourself when the main session videos are available on the conference website.These rumors about the video being pulled from being given out are just NOT true. I know first hand what happened and now the record should be straight.

  3. Let me set the record straight about this once and for all. I was a volunteer at the conference and worked with Scott from Acts 29 all week on the logistics of handling the video out. We also had 1800 Acts 29 brochures that did not arrive in time to be put in the bags at the beginning of the conference. As the conference was winding down we made a decision to hand the videos and brochures out via tables and volunteers at the 3 main doors and not each door to the sanctuary. We just did not have the people to do this nor was it feasible due to exit strategy. In no way, and I know first hand as I was in on the conversation, was their EVER any discussion by anyone associated with the conference that I know of NOT to hand out the video due to Bill Hybels remarks. What was quoted above IS THE QUOTE he said. You will be able to see for yourself when the main session videos are available on the conference website.These rumors about the video being pulled from being given out are just NOT true. I know first hand what happened and now the record should be straight.

  4. Let me set the record straight about this once and for all. I was a volunteer at the conference and worked with Scott from Acts 29 all week on the logistics of handling the video out. We also had 1800 Acts 29 brochures that did not arrive in time to be put in the bags at the beginning of the conference. As the conference was winding down we made a decision to hand the videos and brochures out via tables and volunteers at the 3 main doors and not each door to the sanctuary. We just did not have the people to do this nor was it feasible due to exit strategy. In no way, and I know first hand as I was in on the conversation, was their EVER any discussion by anyone associated with the conference that I know of NOT to hand out the video due to Bill Hybels remarks. What was quoted above IS THE QUOTE he said. You will be able to see for yourself when the main session videos are available on the conference website.These rumors about the video being pulled from being given out are just NOT true. I know first hand what happened and now the record should be straight.

  5. Hi Henry,
    Thanks for chiming in. I sincerely want to present as accurate a picture as possible. I am simply basing my post on Mark Driscoll’s words as put in his blog:

    “And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:”

    I am assuming Mark Driscoll had an accurate picture of what went down. Is this not the case? Apparently the video being passed out was promised. To be fair, what is your reaction to Driscoll’s comment and representation of events?

    Thanks so much,

    Rich

  6. Hi Henry,
    Thanks for chiming in. I sincerely want to present as accurate a picture as possible. I am simply basing my post on Mark Driscoll’s words as put in his blog:

    “And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:”

    I am assuming Mark Driscoll had an accurate picture of what went down. Is this not the case? Apparently the video being passed out was promised. To be fair, what is your reaction to Driscoll’s comment and representation of events?

    Thanks so much,

    Rich

  7. Hi Henry,
    Thanks for chiming in. I sincerely want to present as accurate a picture as possible. I am simply basing my post on Mark Driscoll’s words as put in his blog:

    “And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:”

    I am assuming Mark Driscoll had an accurate picture of what went down. Is this not the case? Apparently the video being passed out was promised. To be fair, what is your reaction to Driscoll’s comment and representation of events?

    Thanks so much,

    Rich

  8. Hi Henry,
    Thanks for chiming in. I sincerely want to present as accurate a picture as possible. I am simply basing my post on Mark Driscoll’s words as put in his blog:

    “And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:”

    I am assuming Mark Driscoll had an accurate picture of what went down. Is this not the case? Apparently the video being passed out was promised. To be fair, what is your reaction to Driscoll’s comment and representation of events?

    Thanks so much,

    Rich

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