|Fundamental problems plague megachurch|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
SEATTLE — Seattle megachurch Mars Hill is closing some of its branches and making plans to lay off dozens of employees amid controversy surrounding its lead pastor.
The Seattle Times says financial problems in the wake of falling attendance are forcing the cutbacks.
Since 1996, the church has grown quickly to reach 15 branches in five states. Now, Mars Hill leaders say they plan to cut 30 to 40 percent of a paid staff numbering about 100. These cuts will follow other departures in recent weeks by pastors who say they are angry or uneasy about the church’s direction.
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