When the Christian radio host accused him of plagiarism, the quick-witted preacher sounded flabbergasted — and annoyed. Behind the scenes, former church members said, Driscoll could be vicious, abusive and controlling. He drew pierced-and-tattooed congregants from Seattle to a church that espoused a conservative Calvinist doctrine cloaked in indie-rock, big screens and a worn pair of Chuck Taylors. Mars Hill grew to 15 branches in five states with 13, visitors on Sundays. Driscoll appeared on Nightline, preached at Seahawks stadium, threw out the first pitch at a Mariners game, and founded a network of evangelical leaders who started hundreds of other churches.
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It was a multi-site church based in Seattle, Washington and grew from a home Bible study to 15 locations in 4 U. At the end of September, , an investigation by the church elders found "bullying" and "patterns of persistent sinful behavior" by Driscoll. The church elders crafted a "restoration" plan to help Driscoll and save the church. Instead, Driscoll declined the restoration plan and resigned. In the spring of , the church expanded to two evening services. The transition to two different congregations resulted in some anxiety and stir by members who didn't want the church to grow bigger, but it resulted in growing attendance. The church continued growing.
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The teaching pastor was Rob Bell until December, when Bell transitioned into another ministry and was succeeded by his friend and fellow Mars Hill pastor Shane Hipps. In August , the church announced to its members that Kent Dobson, son of well-known church leader and speaker Ed Dobson , would assume the position of teaching pastor. Founded in February , the church's services, or "gatherings", were originally celebrated in a school gym in Wyoming, Michigan. Based on the idea that worship could be stripped down to its simplest form, it quickly grew in popularity.