NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients
NewSpring contracted with Result Source to “market” Perry Noble’s first book, a New York Times best seller, a spokesperson for NewSpring church confirmed today. According to NewSpring’s public relations director, Susanne Swift, the church paid $30,000 for the service and purchased 11,000 copies of Unleash! ”for use in our Resource Centers and for other uses.” Result Source markets ...

Disneyfication of the megachurch? What Disneyfication?

Disneyfication of the megachurch? What Disneyfication?
In WCNC’s story about Steven Furtick’s spontaneous baptisms, Rev. David Key from Emory University describes the Elevation show as a product of the Disneyfication of church. He’s right, and we see it especially clearly at NewSpring Church and their pastor’s obsession with measuring the church — usually unfavorably — against Disney’s flash and glamor. Disney ...

The apostasy problem with NewSpring’s schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)

The apostasy problem with NewSpring's schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)
In two earlier posts, we have considered some of the implications of NewSpring’s highlighting of former congressman, Gresham Barrett’s, testimony as one of its Sunday sermons. To bring you back up to speed, here’s what we know about the Barrett story: He was saved and baptized as a believer at Westminster Baptist Church. While running ...

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius

Perry Noble is an entrepreneurial genius
Last week’s NewSpring made the big announcement that it was starting its own college, though it involved so much hands-on physical labor that I suggested that it is more like an apprenticeship program than a college program. What do you know, NewSpring College is just NewSpring’s Apprenticeship Program with new branding and new fees. Youth ...

How to buy a NewSpring job

How to buy a NewSpring job
NewSpring has announced it is starting NewSpring College, a two-year program that will cost you $4,000 and most of your free time. Starting next fall, NewSpring College will offer its students two years of courses and grunt work, after which they are rewarded with a letter of recommendation to — drum roll, please — NewSpring ...

More NewSpring threats. A story we’ve seen before. (Updated)

Yesterday a commentator appeared on this blog assuring us that he’d welcome a “great open debate” about the good and bad things that megachurches are doing. The commentator, who identified himself as “Pastor,” came back this afternoon questioning my salvation, my church’s motivations, and, for good measure, throwing in a reference to my employer. After ...

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)
In an earlier post, we looked at the re-conversion of Congressman Gresham Barrett at NewSpring’s membership class, then to “prove to everybody how serious [he] was,” he got baptized again. It’s a curious thing that a Baptist church would let this happen. I understand that Baptists don’t accept some baptisms as being valid in the ...

The terrifying testimony of Congressman Barrett (Part 1 of 3)

The terrifying testimony of Congressman Barrett (Part 1 of 3)
In the summer of 2011, NewSpring told the story of Congressman Gresham Barrett, who, after a personally devastating loss in a campaign to replace Mark Sanford as South Carolina governor, joined NewSpring church and found a new purpose in life. In the biographical video, we learn the following: He went to a “very traditional family ...

Dear megachurch pastors, the Bible is not boring

I received this exciting email a week or so ago from the YouVersion Bible app (which I use and appreciate) with the subject line, See the Bible Come Alive this March: Have you ever tried to picture what Noah’s family experienced during the flood? What it looked like when Samson destroyed the temple? How it felt ...

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?

Who knew you needed an excuse NOT to play Highway to Hell?
A couple of weeks ago, NewSpring’s Twitter account linked to a blog post written by one of its members praising Perry Noble and the church. NewSpring rarely links to other blogs, so this appears to be a careful choice to advertise the virtues of their church and pastor. The post, written by Sarah Monk, whom I ...