Mars Hill church announced yesterday that its first out-of-state campus will be in Albequerque, New Mexico.
This summer, City on a Hill Church in Albuquerque will become a Mars Hill campus. We will partner together in an effort to reach as many people as possible with the gospel of Jesus. Over the past three months, the Executive Elders of Mars Hill and the pastors of City on a Hill have spent many hours in discussion, prayer, and study in order to reach this unanimous decision.
Hence, the debate about Mars Hill’s campus strategy will continue. This was a surprising revelation in light of the fact that City on a Hill is already an Acts 29 church, led by a very gifted and godly leader, David Bruskas. Dave and I have assessed church planters together, and he is a godly, mature, and masculine man I would be happy to follow and lead with. His transitioning of his church in this direction was certainly not a haphazard, rash, or convenient decision.
In a letter to fellow Acts 29 pastors, Bruskas explained the change this way:
We are convinced this partnership will allow us to do two things we couldn’t accomplish by remaining an independent church. First, we believe we will be able to introduce many more people to Jesus in our city through the proven air war and ground war of Mars Hill Church. Second, we anticipate the planting of many Acts 29 churches throughout our region by becoming a hub for gospel advancement. Our objective is to see 10 Acts 29 churches planted from the platform of what will become Mars Hill Church Albequerque… My conviction is that this new venture will benefit City on a Hill Church, Mars Hill Church, and the churches that comprise the Acts 29 Network.
What new thoughts does this development bring to the mix?