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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Evangelical Churches Are Businesses by Perry Noble

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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.

— Former pastor of NewSpring Church and alcoholic Perry Noble

After a stint in rehab, Noble has started a church (business) consulting operation — I Want My Church to Grow. Here’s the WHY (besides needing money) Noble gives for starting his business:

You want your church to grow. Not only that, Jesus wants your church to grow.

You know that if your church grows then more people will be influenced with the gospel, and in your heart you know that is a good thing.

However, it seems every report we see in both secular and Christian media screams that the church is declining and is in danger of being marginalized.

Not only that, when you express a desire to want your church to grow you seem to get the greatest amount of resistance from people who actually are in the church and claim to be Christians.

Jesus said to go and reach the world, and to do it through the local church! In your heart you know the local church has greater potential to change the world than politics, entertainment or social justice movements.  But when it comes to making this happen you feel like you are hitting a wall and feel confused, discouraged and may even be tempted at times to just throw in the towel.

I get it, I know how frustrating and heartbreaking the leadership journey in the local church can be.

However, I think the leadership struggle is worth it.

Jesus changed entire communities through what He did in this movement.

And here is what I know: if He can use someone like me, then He can absolutely use you to accomplish immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine.

During my 16 years at NewSpring Church we saw 15 people in a living room grow to over 35,000 in attendance at 17 different locations and over 50,000 decisions for Christ in 16 years.  And I believe with all my heart that if Jesus did great things in the church I served, He can do them in the church you serve as well.

My heart it to take the lessons I learned at NewSpring and help your church really clarify your vision and unify your staff and congregation, which I believe will result in exponential growth for your church.  (At the bottom is a list of the specific things we can work on, depending on your specific desires/needs.)

Schedule a call and let’s see what we can do to figure out how your church can accomplish more in your community than you ever imagined possible.

God is a big God, His followers should have big dreams and the church should not let the world outdo us or out-dream us.
I know you don’t want your church to be average or a mere statistic that says the church is dying.

Jesus said He would build His church, and your church is not the exception.  Let’s chat about what we can do to set your church up for healthy, lasting growth.

Thank you, Perry Noble, for illustrating my contention that megachurches are massive businesses, corporate giants out to dominate the Evangelical market.

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    Lynn 123

    “Not only that, Jesus wants your church to grow.” So….Jesus wants your church to grow, but that can’t happen with just Jesus wanting it-they need Perry Noble to tell them how for money? Maybe he could just tell them for free-I mean, since Jesus wants it. Wait, doesn’t Jesus get everything he wants since he is God? None of this stuff makes a bit of sense.

    Well, what does make sense is Perry was a very successful businessman-actually a salesman. Salesmen can make a lot of money because of their skills and talents. And some people turn to alcohol to help them cope with whatever or as an escape or whatever. They can bring lots of misery on themselves and others in the process if they don’t stop over-using it. (btw, you’d think Jesus would be enough, but…obviously, he’s not.) So I see him as just another man, high-powered businessman who turned to alcohol to deal with it all-and I guess it worked til it didn’t. Or maybe he wanted out of it all and this was a way to be able to get out. Who knows. I didn’t even know about his problems and resigning. Doesn’t affect my life at all.

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