Since I am hosting all the Exponential Conference podcasts I got a chance to spend some time talking with Perry Noble today. Perry is the Lead Pastor at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. Since it was started it has seen amazing growth to 10,000 attenders at 3 campuses. We talked about leadership, being a reproducing church and church planting. Perry highlighted his 7 Huge Myths of Church Planting – good stuff!
Perry is an entrepreneur at heart and loves to start new things. We have that in common. I literally get an adrenalin rush when someone suggest a new idea. So, my favorite part of our conversation was when he talked about trying to tell the difference between his entrepreneurial drive and a prompting of the Holy Spirit. I asked him how he can tell the difference and he gave a three part response:
- “Make sure it is an idea you can’t get away from.” – See if the
idea sticks around and continues to surface in your imagination and
conversation. If you can’t get away from the idea, it may be from God.
- “Give it time.” – Don’t think you have to act on every dream. Do what Moses told God’s people do, “wait”. Wait for other people to confirm. Wait to see it is confirmed in scripture. Wait for it to be confirmed in prayer. If it is confirmed, it may be from God.
- “If this fire is from God, He will poor gasoline on it.” – Ask God to help you see the world the way he sees the world. This can be painful, but it can also open your eyes to what God really wants. If the spark turns into a flame, it may be from God.
My favorite line from Perry was when he said this about leadership: “Leadership is as easy as listening to God.” Very simple, but true!