“It’s like your dad left, and your family is broken,” he said. “There is nothing healthy about that. You get through it, and your faith strengthens, and good has come from it. But it wasn’t healthy.”
When Mars Hill shut up shop, former members flooded the surrounding local Churches.
Adam Sinnett’s 250-member Downtown Cornerstone Church saw nearly 100 visitors on one Sunday.
“I had never been asked by so many people I don’t know—before I even heard their name—about bylaws and pastoral pay structures in my life,” Sinnett said. The next week, another crowd showed up, “but they weren’t the same people,” he said.
Sinnett and his co-planter David Parker had to work overtime to try and pick up the pieces of many hurt former Mars Hill attendees. Last year, they installed two additional pastors and then both took a much-needed sabbatical, “feeling the weight of everything that had taken place surpassed the bounds of our relational and emotional capacity," writes Zylstra.
Downtown Cornerstone moved into the role of a foster family, explained Sinnett. “We knew the Lord was calling us to pause and care for our brothers and sisters who were hurting. We told them, ‘We know this is hard. We aren’t expecting anything from you. Whether you want to run with us for a month, or for ten years, that’s awesome. We just want you to feel grace and to feel loved.’”