What I wish someone would have told me

noble.gifPerry Noble is the pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in the country, NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Perry’s blog is one of the most widely read in evangelical circles. I’ve been subscribed to his updates for some time now and find them to be insightful.

He recently started a series of articles entitled “What I wish someone would have told me”. It’s specifically focused on church planters who are starting out and ask him the question “What do you wish someone would have told you before you began?” Although I’m not a church planter, I find his insight to be helpful to anyone working in a ministerial setting. Even if you are not working in a vocational ministry, however, I would encourage you to take a look at his thoughts. They may help you understand those of us serving in ministry a little bit more. 🙂 There are times that we can be strange animals to figure out.

Part 1: Your Primary Objective Should Be To Be Faithful To Jesus And His Vision.

Part 2: You WILL Be Tested Within The First Year Of Starting A Church By A Big Giver! & Do WHATEVER It Takes To Grow…and SHUT UP About How Much It Cost!

Part 3: You Cannot Take People To A Place You’ve Never Been! & Have Fun!

Part 4: You Will Be Criticized When God Begins To Move–Expect It And Get Over It.


Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

One thought on “What I wish someone would have told me

  1. Micah,

    Interesting that you should point Perry out. When I was in South Carolina with Upward, we actually attended NewSpring for a short time. We’ve been through their membership class and have attended a few other events at their church.

    I’ve taken Perry to task on my blog at times for some things, but I have said consistently that he is probably the most passionate guy leading a church out there. He loves NewSpring, he’s passionate about Anderson, and I truly think he loves Jesus.

    I wouldn’t necessarily encourage everyone to emulate Perry’s hermanuetics or expositional practices, but his passion for Jesus and his love for his city and his church are mindblowing…

    I have to confess Micah, I didn’t picture you as a Perry reading kind of guy…

    Who knew!

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