The follow up in today's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/facin...ke-a-leave.html
It is familiar. Namely that the leader feels it's his church and he is above being challenged or corrected. In this case the Internet helped break down the "No Talk Rule" and something is being done about it.
I had not heard of Mark Driscoll before reading the Aug 22 article. I think his statement regarding stepping down says a lot about him: “This is one of the paradoxes of being a pastor in the media age: The same media channels that can be used to carry a sermon to virtually anyone around the globe can also be used by anyone around the globe to criticize, attack or slander,” he said. “However, another part of it is simply my fault, and I will own it, confess it, and move on from it as God continues to redeem me.”
Translation: 'I've been slandered and God will redeem me.'
GGWO members who have concerns should talk it out among themselves. Discuss GGWO provides a way to discuss the problem and share information anonymously for people who are afraid of being "marked."