Pastor Mark Driscoll Accused of Abuse and Intimidation by Ex-Employees

Twenty-one former Mars Hill Church employees have lodged charges against Senior Pastor (and church founder) Mark Driscoll, saying that he "engaged in a pattern of abusive and intimidating conduct and that he has not changed his domineering behavior."

It's not the least bit surprising, to anyone familiar with Driscoll's steez and recent controversies, but satisfying nonetheless.

Via the Seattle P-I:

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In a lengthy confidential letter, first obtained by Warren Throckmorton of Patheos, the former pastors voice gratitude for "Pastor Mark's ministry" and say: "He has taught us sound doctrine."

"Yet we believe that Mark has also impacted us, the church, and the watching and listening world with a pattern of harmful ways. We feel responsible to submit these charges for the sake of the gospel, our own consciences and the future well-being of Mars Hill Church."

Update: The church released this statement to our news partner KOMO News:

"We take these allegations seriously and we are thankful that we have a process in place where allegations will be reviewed by our board and our elders. As it is relatively new that these former elders submitted this, at this time we don't have any information on how long that process will take or what the outcome will be, but we look forward to having Pastor Mark back from vacation this Sunday."

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. In conclusion, look at his fucking necklace.

Image via AP.