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Mark Driscoll
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June 9, 2008 A Book You'll Actually Read

Mark Driscoll knows something about church leadership. He founded Mars Hill Church in Seattle in 1996, and it is now one of the fastest-growing and most prolific church-planting churches in America. Writing out of his personal experience and biblical conviction, Driscoll examines six important areas of church leadership, packing big truth into this little book, making it a book you'll actually read.

This book also includes some helpful appendices that answer seventeen common practical questions about church leadership, as well as a sample membership covenant and a list of recommended reading for further study on church leadership.

On Church Leadership is part of a series of thorough, inexpensive, and accessible books that give clear, biblical answers to difficult theological questions and controversies. Through this series, readers will get a solid and simple introduction to a major doctrine by investing just a little time and money.

Editorial Reviews


"Mark has a gift of taking weighty ideas and expressing them in clear and lively language."
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Serious, informed, reverent, but not technical discussions of great themes."
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Simply and superbly written! Mark Driscoll has given us tools that can be placed in the hands of a skeptic or seeker, a new believer or mature saint."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"These accessible books will encourage believers to see that theology is not an afterthought in the mission of God and the life of his church."
Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research; author, Subversive Kingdom

"These books are well worth an hour of your time."
Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv; author, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working

About the Author

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five states. He is the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling Real Marriage, co-written with his wife Grace. Pastor Mark’s sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.

Product Details

  • Series: A Book You'll Actually Read
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (June 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, based in Seattle, Washington, and one of the most popular preachers in the world today.

In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark's online sermons are downloaded millions of times each year, he is the author of over 15 books, and he has also written for CNN, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and many other outlets.

With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and compassion for those who are hurting the most--in particular, women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault--Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC's Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.

Numerous ministries trace their roots to Pastor Mark's leadership. He is the founder of Resurgence, which offers resources for Christian leaders, including books, events, classes, multimedia, and a blog that welcomes 7 million visits annually. He is the cofounder of the Acts 29 Network, which has planted over 400 churches in the U.S. and over a dozen other nations. In 2010, following a cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Pastor Mark cofounded Churches Helping Churches with James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel. The organization raised $2.7 million in funds and delivered an additional $1.7 million in medical supplies to the devastated country.

Born in North Dakota, Mark Driscoll grew up in south Seattle, the son of a union drywaller. After graduating from high school, he attended Washington State University on scholarship. He became a Christian during his freshman year, and finished college with a degree in speech communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He later completed a master's degree in exegetical theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

In 1996, at the age of 25, Pastor Mark and his wife, Grace, started a small Bible study at their home in Seattle, the least churched city in the U.S. at the time. By God's grace, Mars Hill Church grew beyond all expectations, and now gathers weekly across 15 locations in five states: Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. In 2012, Mars Hill was recognized as the third fastest growing and 28th largest church in the country by Outreach magazine.

Pastor Mark and Grace enjoy raising the "fab five" Driscoll kids, and he's grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

Customer Reviews

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great series-should be cheaper July 1, 2008
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If you are a pastor who is sympathetic with the leadership philosophy of Mars Hill, Mark Driscoll, and the Acts 29 Network, you will love this book. It is a concise treatment of elders, deacons, women in ministry and more. If you have people asking how your church does leadership, and this book accurately describes your polity, then you will find it to be a great tool to give to people who would not take time to read Alexander Strauch's book on eldership. I plan on using this as a starting point for elders in process and the more curios lay leaders. Mark's new RE:Lit label with Crossway will no doubt become a great brand for our time.

This series "a book you'll actually read" will be a great series to give to your busy laypeople who don't have time for a 300 page treatment on one of these topics. Pastors will also find Mark's style refreshing, to the point and completely Jesus centered.

I really hate to say anything negative about this series, as Driscoll and Mars Hill have had a big impact in my life, and because I think the series really fills a gap for short but packed treatments of important topics. But the reality is that when you get the books in the mail and then compare their physical size with their cost, you might feel slightly annoyed. The books are small, thin, short, and paperback. Think of this as a really long pamphlet.

No doubt, Mark had nothing to do with the cost. That's a publisher's choice. Hopefully, crossway will drop the price to something more appropriate like $6.99, with a bulk option of 5 packs or something.

Still, I bought all four, and will buy any further books in the series. Driscoll is always worth the time and money.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Like most of the other Driscoll books that I've read, a review of this book depends on whether I'm in a mood to be more aware of the Biblical accuracy of the opinions (which is impressive, with many footnotes and thorough explanations) or the smug and provocative tone in which they're presented. This is a small book which, while almost criminally overpriced, is well worth a read. Driscoll explains the roles of elders, deacons, and church members themselves, and he presents a membership covenant that should help new churches seeking to develop their own. I was also impressed at the humble way that, within certain bounds, Driscoll leaves doors open for different churches to adapt his ideas about leadership to their needs.

Of more concern, though, is the way that Driscoll addresses the controversial issue of women in leadership. His ultimate argument is based on the idea that gender roles are defined in Scripture, which is just fine, but he presents his observations in such a condescending way that even I (a complementarian, like Driscoll, with respect to church leadership) wanted to put as much distance as possible between myself and his views. I know that Driscoll has a reputation for provocative humor, and that's how he draws people in to hear the truths that he then explains well, but it's the kind of "Women naturally like choosing helper jobs" pat-on-the-head stuff that I wish he could put aside to avoid needless controversy for this otherwise helpful little book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, to the point, documented. March 30, 2009
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There are several aspects to this short book that I wanted to highlight.
First, its short and to the point.
Second, its well documented; foot notes abound.
Third, the author covers opposing opinions and explains where those opinions are coming from.
Fourth, I appreciate the humor with which the author writes. It has a bit of an edge to it and I find it oddly refreshing.
In conclusion, its a fascinating peak at unique church government system. You really can get through it in about 90 minutes. If it intrigues you as it did me, then you can sink further hours into cross-referencing the foot notes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why make it harder? September 9, 2008
Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, Seattle, has a gift for teaching. And he uses it. This is a small book - the author has in mind that it will not take more than an hour to read it - but it's a big contrubution to every christian person having questions about christians leadership. It may be controversal, because the Bible is, but Driscoll is honest, clear and,just, gifted.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read but $10... Really? April 9, 2010
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To be blunt, the book is a good read, it has some insightful information in it but to charge $10 for something a little bigger than a Mister Men book is just wrong. Sorry, but nickel and dime-ing people for something this size is greed. Shame on you crossway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book I actually read. And tell other people to read. February 11, 2012
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Perhaps the most helpful thing I can say is that after reading this book I bought a copy of it for each of the guys taking the leadership training class at my church. This book is almost perfect for that setting. It is short, so it is not intimidating to guys who are already very busy. It is very clear on the basics of Jesus, elders, deacons, and church members. It sticks to the biblical requirements. And it is quite dense (in a good way), so that despite being short, the book raises many of the issues that we will want to discuss in the leadership training.

It might be even more of a compliment to the book to say that I bought it for our leaders despite several disagreements. Our church does not ordain women as deacons, Driscoll's does. And I thought his chapter on Women in general was okay, but not as strong as the other chapters. Despite these, the book was sufficiently strong that I thought the book would be valuable for us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary
If you are familiar with Mark's take on church leadership there is nothing new here for you. It is a good summation of his view of which I am in agreement on almost all accounts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tucker Stipe
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear & Concise
I love how Driscoll gets to the point. He keeps his topics clear and concise. Although I read this book for one of my classes as a mandatory assignment, I would highly recommend it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lucas Mijares
5.0 out of 5 stars very we'll written and on point
Well organized. Solid points. Good read. Highly recommended. A few shortcomings in theology of church government, but otherwise great. You'll like it.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of direction!
Mark is a talented author, preacher, speaker and man of God. I always get good information from his books. He inspires a closer relationship to my Creator. Read more
Published 15 months ago by FO Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars On Church Leadership
I realy enjoyed the book and bought several copies to pass around to the church and school boards. This is a great book for the church leadership on fundimentals. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Billy Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and to the point...
I am currently in the midst of a church leadership team trying to restructure how we've done things. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Joey
1.0 out of 5 stars Complementarian, or Misguided Machismo?
I will focus this review on what I feel is an important facet of Mark Driscoll's misguided machismo attitude. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Alex B.
1.0 out of 5 stars A small book for the small minded
This review will be short like the books own content. Driscoll has a way of tapping into the honest nature of God in the most crass, offensive, and misdirected ways that it's hard... Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by JPiperFan7
1.0 out of 5 stars A book you'll actually read... and subsequently toss out the window
I suppose that the best way to go about this will be to simply let "Pastor Mark" speak for himself... Read more
Published on December 25, 2010 by concernedcitizen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not what I expected
Purchased this book thinking it was on Leadership in general; I like it but some readers may prefer a more secular approach. I believe it has application in all walks of life.
Published on November 7, 2010 by Ray Mcdermott
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