“Sitting in a chair in a storage room behind the sound booth, I could hear the room filling up with people, and all I wanted to do was leave.” - Rob Bell
I’ve just finished reading Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell. Having watched nearly all of Bell’s NOOMA video series - which I highly recommend - I have to say that much of the book did not seem new.
However, what I did find new and very compelling was Movement Four: Tassles (pp. 96ff) where Bell writes about “superpastor.”
Bell tells the remarkable story of how his church, Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drew 1,000 people on its very first Sunday and then exploded to 4,000 people in the first six months. Two years later, they had 10,000 people to three Sunday gatherings. He writes, “in the middle of this growth and chaos was me, superpastor.” Here’s how he describes it: