The Lifepoint Staff was privileged to be able to meet some of our counterparts at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Here are some of my notes and thoughts from todays meetings.
Jason is the Executive Pastor at NewSpring and he is a great friend. I ask Jason a few questions this morning about his role at NewSpring and supporting Perry and I picked up some awesome ideas for ways to better serve Lifepiont and my Pastor. Probably one of the coolest things is the way that Jason prepares for the Senior Management Team Meeting. He facilitates this meeting and he prepares the agenda by gathering info from each team member prior to the meeting (which makes this meeting very productive).
Jake is over the Care Ministries at NewSpring and this guy is in his sweet spot!! I loved to hear his heart to care for people, to care for Perry, to care for the NewSpring Staff and to care for us. He has a great blog for people seeking biblical wisdom on issues that they face (click on his name above). The biggest thing that I learned from Jake today is that every situation and every person is unique and have to be treated that way. I will share more wisdom from Jake later but check out his blog.
Senior Management Team Meeting
This was worth the trip. Jeff and I found ourselves sandwiched between Perry and Tony Morgan with some serious horsepower all around the room. This isn’t a huge meeting, there are eight people on this team and each come prepared and pour their heart into this time. The meeting had intense moments and some really hilarious moments that I wish I could share. What I learned from this meeting is that Perry is a confident leader who believes in the vision that God has given him and he believes in the people that God has put around him. Perry doesn’t run this meeting but there is no doubt when it comes to vision, where it comes from. This team is the real deal and I took lots of notes. One other cool fact about this meeting is that they truly welcome unfiltered debate. They actually want to duke it out over the important things and come out unified, with the best idea.
Two on Two (L to R Jason Wilson, Perry Noble, Jeff Kapusta, Daryl Strickland)
This was an unexpected bonus to our trip but Perry and Jason hung out with us for a while after the Senior Management Team Meeting. This was another one of those moments that I think we will look back on and say, this was a God moment. Perry and Jason fielded questions and imparted wisdom. Neither one of these guys have forgotten their early days and they truly wanted to pour into us and help anyway they could. I am and always will be thankful for this time.
We got to hangout tonight with Karla, Joel, Lee and the Band. I can’t lie, if their was anyway that I could have stolen Lee, Rosangela, Joel, Karla, or any of the band we would have. I can’t say that I have met so many people in one place that absolutely love what they do. Band practice was fun. Everyone was on time and you could tell that they had practiced their parts. Lee is a strong leader that cares about his peeps. Joel is a stud! He knows his gear, he knows sound, he knows lights, he is also very generous. Practice was first class and we learned a lot. We plan on sending Drew back to hang with Lee and experience the whole weekend and practice.
Here is my parting thoughts and I have said this before, NewSpring is successful because of one thing and that’s Jesus. Everybody there loves Him, Serves Him, Points People to Him. The reason they have cool sound and lights is because they are faithful to talk about Jesus and lots of people need Jesus.
Thanks NewSpring for your heart and generosity’s!