Is This Success or Failure?

Mars Hill in Seattle is, depending on how you look at it, either expanding to meet needs or having delusions of grandeur. According to MH’s blog they are on the verge of opening a campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico – sort of:

“This summer, City on a Hill Church in Albuquerque will become a Mars Hill campus. We will partner together in an effort to reach as many people as possible with the gospel of Jesus. Over the past three months, the Executive Elders of Mars Hill and the pastors of City on a Hill have spent many hours in discussion, prayer, and study in order to reach this unanimous decision.”

Elsewhere in the post, City on a Hill is characterized as part of the Acts 29 church planting network and therefore already very much in what could be called the greater Driscoll milieu. What this full integration as a far-flung satellite of MH Seattle accomplishes, I’m not quite sure. I know what the argument will be, that Driscoll’s preaching is popular and that his presence may act as a magnet. What concerns me though is that this sets up a campus so far from the centre that air travel is pretty much the only effective way for the pastoral staff of the local church to meet up with the head honchos in Seattle. Is preaching something that should be centralized and treated as a sort of “star system” with everyone following a handful of big names?