Now that Perry Noble is fresh out of alcohol rehab, the Lord has something new and exciting in store for him. It won’t be pastoring a church because, according to 1 Tim 3:1-7, he is no longer qualified. So, what has God supposedly “shown him” regarding his future? Jeff Maples of Pulpit & Pen has the details:
Disgraced former pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, SC, says God is calling him back to the ministry–except this time, he’s in it for the business. After losing his job last year as senior pastor of the seeker-friendly megachurch for years of alcohol-related transgressions, he vowed to return to ministry after a 30-day rehab program and turning himself over to a therapist. He has kept his promise and is now offering what he calls a “consultation ministry,” dubbed The Growth Co., in which he will be offering to come alongside businesses and churches to help them grow.
“I am ready to take the next step in life and ministry…” the repeat alcoholic offender says,
After much thought, prayer and seeking godly and wise counsel I believe The Lord has clearly shown me I am supposed to step into church and business consulting.
He says he wanted to “live out his career” at Newspring, but that was no longer an option for him. So now he says that God is showing him that he needs to come into churches and turn them into efficient money-making mega-corporations…like the one he built and planted, Newspring.
Some may argue the church is not a business – I would disagree. After all, at one point in serving as the Senior Pastor of Newspring Church I was responsible for 425 employees and a $63,000,000 budget – which takes way more than a prayer meeting to manage! What Jesus taught me I believe can be used to help you as well.
It might just be so that Perry’s low view of God, Jesus, and the church is his problem, to begin with. Instead of shepherding his flock with sound biblical exposition and leading by example a godly life as senior pastor of this church, instead, he sees himself as the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation with employees that need paychecks and customers who in search of a good product. Apparently, this is what Jesus taught him during his time at Newspring. This Jesus he serves taught him a great business model–keep the customers happy, keep your employees well paid, and you can relax and watch the dough roll in. Continue reading