At that time he had only been a Christian for two years. He had never been a pastor, never preached before, never been a member of a church and so he thought it would be a good idea to start his own. He had no idea what he was doing.
Mark and Grace moved back to Seattle in 1996, one of America's least churched cities and planted Mars Hill with a team of just three families.
Driscoll writes, we were theologically conservative and culturally liberal, which caused great confusion because half of the church was angry that the other half was smoking, while the other half was angry that I taught from the Bible.
Today, attendance at Mars Hill exceeds 6,000. The church meets in five locations with a total of fourteen services each Sunday. One more location is scheduled to open before Easter 2008 in a former downtown nightclub.
Even more significant is Mark's work to plant churches that are both missional and evangelical through the Acts29 Network.
So far, 170 churches have been planted, mostly in the US but also in Canada, Africa, India and Thailand. Mark has a vision to see 1,000 churches planted in the US reaching 250,000 people.
For more on Mark Driscoll have a listen to his message: Church planting in Corinth or check out Pastor Provocateur. Even better buy the book.