For over 35 years, Mars Hill films and videos have been used around the world to introduce thousands of people to faith in Christ. Since its inception,Mars Hill has gone through various seasons of ministry, producing different genres of media (short dramatic film, video curriculum, documentary, etc.) for diverse audiences and purposes. Each season has had, and in many cases is still having, a unique and significant impact.
The common thread that ties all of this ministry together is a set of guiding principles that influence what we do and how we do it. Perhaps you will find something of value in these principles to guide you in life and ministry.
The manner in which we pursue the purpose of Mars Hill
is influenced by valuing the following beliefs.
- The belief that at any point in time, God has a specific mission for this ministry and that He has a specific plan by which He would have us fulfill that mission
- The belief that through personal and corporate prayer, prayerful evaluation of relevant information and prayerful discussion, we can (as God allows) come to a conviction concerning His mission for Mars Hill and His plan to fulfill that mission
- The belief that this conviction, which the Bible calls faith (Heb.11:1), should be the basis of every decision and action, for “whatever is not from faith is sin ” (Rom.14:23)
- The belief that God will confirm the mission and plan through corporate unity as well as spiritual conviction
- The belief that the mission and plan will always be consistent with the Word of God, the Mars Hill Statement of Faith, the Mars Hill Mission Statement and the legal documents that govern the structure and operation of Mars Hill
- The belief that God will always provide what we need in order to do what He is calling us to do
- The belief that there are times when God calls us to do things that contradict natural wisdom. However, in such times there is still value to natural wisdom in that it gives us the ability to understand the gaps we are trusting God to fill. God makes Himself known when He does what only He can do.
- The belief that quality is important, because what we do makes a statement about the One we serve
- The belief that the ultimate measure of success is faithfulness to what God has called us to do
For more than 35 years, the stated purpose of Mars Hill has been
“To use media to draw people to Jesus Christ.”
April 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm
This is good—I haven’t seen this before.
April 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm
We’re glad you’re a part of this ministry Buz!
April 22, 2015 at 2:44 am
Thanks so much for sharing the Mars Hill tenets, which we will print to use as our personal grid:)
April 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm
Thanks Bill & Ann. It blesses us to know we can share something that is meaningful to you. You are such a blessing to us!
April 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm
These things were true for ALL of the places I have ever worked! It has been most evident at Mars Hill because I was looking for it and expecting it. It is easy to get distracted by what the world values and let these truths go out of focus. But once I am paying attention, I am able to see that these tenets are true for every thing I do!