Craig Gross of XXXChurch Criticized for Buying Mars Hill’s Resurgence Email List to Market Anti-Porn Ministry

Craig Gross
Craig Gross

Craig Gross on XXXchurch email blast to Resurgence list: ‘They sold us your email for a penny.’

Among the assets left over from the collapse of Mars Hill Church were several church buildings, a legacy website, and an email list with tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors.

Selling off the buildings has proved successful—as the church recently made deals to sells its Sammamish and Ballard campuses.

The email list, with 90,000 names from Mars Hill’s Resurgence conference, became a headache yesterday.

The list showed up on a new website called churchleaderlist.com this past month, on sale for $1,500—or $1,350 with a coupon. Craig Gross, founder of xxxchurch.com, bought the list in order to promote his anti-porn ministry’s book and accountability software. His ministry had sponsored the 2013 Resurgence conference for “a lot of money,” but felt the group remained one that his ministry was “least connected with.”

Gross, who learned about the list from Justin Dean, a former Mars Hill staffer, sent out what he thought was a clever email on Monday.

“Most of these people would be people who had never received an email from us so we thought something with ‘Mark Driscoll’ in the subject would get read,” Gross wrote on his blog today.

That’s when thing turned ugly.

The header on the email read: “Mark Driscoll—The Real Story.”

It began with a brief intro from Gross, then a list of the sins of failed pastors: “extramarital affairs, flirting, porn addiction, gambling addictions, and a whole mess of other stuff.”

Those sins, Gross said, all stem from a lack of accountability—the same root issue he claims felled Driscoll.

Gross’s overall message: buy our software, or you might end up like Driscoll.

“As a leader, if you don’t have accountability, your time is coming. You will fall,” he wrote.

Gross closed with an offer for half off the software, using a “resurgence” coupon code.

The response was immediate and visceral, mostly on Twitter.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
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