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Mars Hill Church

Hillsong protests over Driscoll organised in Sydney

by Hannah Tooley

Opponents are expected to picket the Hillsong Waterloo church in a protest against his participation in the Hillsong Conference later this year.

Mr Driscoll resigned from his troubled mega church in Seattle last year, following accusations of plagiarism and threats. It has been reported that he is going to start a new church in Arizona.

Christian Today has also reported that he will be speaking at London's O2 Arena in July, where protests are also expected.

So far an online petition urging his removal from the line-up has attracted almost 1,000 signatures.

The campaign against his visit in Australia in being led by Benjamin Ady, a former Seattle resident.

Speaking to Christian Today, he said that that he had grown "increasingly displeased with the growing number of people I knew, including a couple of people with whom I was close, who were terribly hurt by Mark Driscoll and the culture which he was creating at Mars Hill".

He said he believed in repentance but was "very disappointed to see that Mark completely circumvented any process of repentance, change, and making amends to the many people he had hurt - choosing instead to resign.

"Now, having demonstrated little to no evidence of any change, having undergone no visible process of repentance and making amends, Mark is exuberantly re-launching his career as a pastor, and Hillsong is very much helping him do so by putting him on stage in front of 20,000 people in Sydney."

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