Do you think this video should be banned?

The Banned Church Planting Video

Author: Mark Driscoll

POSTED ON: 04.28.07

A Good SoldierLast year I spoke at a large church planting event along with a number of other church planters and church planting movement leaders. The event was held in Florida, went well, and did a very encouraging job of bringing together a number of denominations, networks, and organizations that otherwise would not have benefited from such a partnership.

This year I was invited back but declined because the few-day round trip from Seattle to Florida to give a very short message (last year it was less than twenty minutes) seemed like too much in light of other responsibilities. So, the sponsors of the event asked me to instead put together an eight-minute video on church planting that could be shown at the event and then handed out to each of the 1,500 attendees. So, in an effort to be helpful, the video crew from Mars Hill Church and I spent half a day in freezing weather at a military cemetery shooting scenes that were then edited for the video. Apparently the video was shown at the event, was well received by the attendees, and then criticized by Bill Hybels from the stage because it did not speak of women church planters. And, not wanting a bigger fuss, the organization hosting the event then made a decision not to hand out the video as they had promised, leaving the guys from our Acts 29 Church Planting Network who had hauled suitcases of the videos to Florida with thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted effort. The leaders of the event are good guys whom I still consider friends, and I’ve never met Bill Hybels so I won’t speak about him personally. But, I thought we should at least post the banned video online, so here it is:



  1. Posted April 29, 2007 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Why on earth should it be banned? I agree with what this guy, for the most part, says! He is dead on about the type of man you need to lead a church, the mission, and getting the men involved.

  2. Posted April 29, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I edited the post to include the article.

  3. Chris Gates
    Posted April 29, 2007 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    It was censured by a church planting conference in Florida, at the leading of Bill Hybels, who apparently was one of the main speakers. Oh, yeah, and Mark, I’ll go ahead and say it: Bill Hybels is a pansy!

  4. Posted April 29, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I meant to add to the end of my comment: even if I didn’t agree with it, it should not be banned.

    Now that the article is there, the question makes more sense.

  5. robert
    Posted April 30, 2007 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    “Banned”, from the description of events you give here, is a rather self-pitying word. You’re hardly a martyr. Suck it up.

    The video was (intentionally?) provocative. They obviously either just weren’t interested in being associated with the provocation or in giving you a stage for it.

  6. Posted May 5, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Rom 1:18 …the wrath of GOD falls on those who by their wickedness suppress the Truth.

    1) So, an effective way to fall into GOD’s wrath is to ban His believers speaking the Truth in Love. Let us intercede in the Name of JESUS. Please agree.

    2) For those who don’t know, listening to the video is an excellent chance to hear a believer.

    3) Consider this:
    The Satan worshipper enters your church demanding the pulpit. What do you do?

    4) Hint:
    Believers want the Satan worshipper ‘saved’. These signs follow those who believe: Mark 16

  7. Posted May 7, 2007 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    First of all I did not say this video should be banned. The video was banned at a conference as stated in the post.

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