Pastor Mark Driscoll of The Trinity Church in Phoenix, Arizona, is peddling signed copies of his sermon notes. Apparently, being a disgraced pastor doesn’t prevent one from capitalizing upon popularity from past lives by hocking memorabilia.
Driscoll’s multi-site mega-church planting empire suddenly imploded in 2014 after scandals relating to plagiarism, pastoral abuse, numerous publicity stunts gone-awry, and accusations of church financial mismanagement for the personal enrichment of the preacher.
As Driscoll fled Seattle in the wake of Mars Hill’s collapse, he found a friend and ally in the now-disgraced James MacDonald, who gave his church’s resources to support the planting of Driscoll’s Trinity Church. With MacDonald now gone from ministry for very much the same anger and money-related issues, Driscoll’s flegling little church is struggling to get a second-wind.
Driscoll, once known for no-nonsense exposition and serious-minded Bible preaching, has turned his new church into a seeker-friendly circus, recently having a “swimsuit Sunday” at the church.
There seems to be little-going for the Phoenix-area church, except the name that is as much infamous as famous, Mark Driscoll. And, it appears as though Driscoll is willing to capitalize on his former celebrity status as much as possible.
However, in a now-deleted tweet, Driscoll was offering to sell signed copies of his sermon manuscripts.
Driscoll’s tweet was met with much ridicule by those who have followed his demise and find his pridefulness to be palpable and unwarranted.
Driscoll soon deleted the tweet after criticism.
He’s not quite back to that level of evangelical celebrity just yet. People, thankfully, seem to have a memory.