I’ve been disappointed with how Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church have handled this issue. A few years back, Lisa B. Marshall wrote a helpful post about handling a media crisis. This affair could have been a non-issue if Driscoll had followed this common sense approach. Let’s look at this situation in light of her advice.
1. “Be first and fast.” When confronted with an awkward situation, you need to control the narrative. It’s been three weeks, and we’ve heard nothing from Driscoll on this matter.
2. “Be honest.” We haven’t heard from Driscoll yet, but the message posted on the Mars Hill website fails this test. They never admit the problem. They try to explain away the plagiarism. They try to mitigate its seriousness by claiming that the material was never sold, a claim that Jonathan Merritt notes is untrue. Let me add that lack of financial…
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