Last week, I had the priviledge of taking some of our team to Newspring Church and the Double Conference. It’s no secret if you read this blog, that I love Newspring Church. They’ve been a HUGE help to me and our church since before we ever launched and so I am always willing and eager to learn from them and pastor Perry Noble any chance that I get.
The conference was last week, but I am just now getting an opportunity to really process all that we learned from Newspring last week. I wanted to share a few of those thoughts in today’s post, and tomorrow, post a few quotes from pastor Perry that I think you’ll be able to gain some wisdom from.
Thoughts from the Double Conference
1. Newspring has one of the best volunteer cultures around
If you’ve not experienced the volunteer culture at Newspring, you should plan a trip just to see this in action. I’ve been to a lot of churches, but I have never experienced the joy and love from volunteers like I do at Newspring. You will literally not find a more welcoming and helpful environment. Not only are they friendly and helpful, but they are EVERYWHERE. You would not be able to sneeze without a volunteer being close enough to tell you “bless you”. I know; it happened to me.
2. The staff makes themselves available
I’ve been to other conferences at other churches as well as big national conferences, and never once saw a staff member or speaker available to meet and chat with people. At the Newspring, there were staff in the halls, lobby, etc between every session, willing and able to chat, answer questions or find answers. And here’s my favorite part; if you email them, they WILL email you back within 24-48 hours to answer any questions you may have.
I attended one of the breakout sessions on worship, and after it was over, every musician, worship leader and production staff member stayed in the room to answer every question, meet and shake hands or pray for people. That’s pretty cool.
3. They smoke what they sale
One of the things pastor Perry said in his talk was that “it’s only hype if you don’t believe it.” At Newspring, they don’t hype anything. They get excited about what God is doing and they really believe He’s going to do even greater things. That excitement and passion rubs off on me.
4. The Newspring Network is how it’s done
If you’ve not heard, check out newspringnetwork.com. This, in my opinion is how churches should do it. Everything they can give away, is given away for FREE on the network. Graphics, sermon bumpers, chord charts, pdfs, sermon series, etc. All for free. There’s a lot of time, work and resources that go into creating these things, and Newspring wants to share them. I’ll never complain about paying for things that are of quality and are useful; but to give something away that is both quality and useful, for free, is awesome.
Did you attend Double 14? If so, what were some of your thoughts and observations?