Perry Noble, Out of Rehab, Has a Plan

Perry Noble, the ousted founder of NewSpring Church, said Tuesday in a Facebook post that he will be staying silent on social media as he figures out how best to return to ministry.

Spending 30 days in an Arizona treatment center has left Noble "in a place to successfully overcome my overmedication via alcohol," he said in the statement.

Noble outlined a long-term plan to return to the ministry, with the help of Dr. John Walker, a psychologist and ordained pastor who Noble said has been helping him for at least seven years.

"I am now humbly submitting myself to him (Walker)," Noble said, "and giving him authority over me as I believe he will serve as my pastor, my psychologist and my spiritual formations director in this next season. Together John and I will work through/develop a plan that will lead to the health and well being of my family, and, over an extended period of time, a return to ministry is some sort of capacity."

Noble, 45, was fired this summer and his congregation, one of the nation's largest, was told his alcohol issues played a significant role in his removal.

Once a prolific user of social media, Noble has been largely silent online since before his firing was made public July 10.

His Tuesday comments include the most detailed look at where Noble sees himself in the future and it includes a pledge, based on Walker's advice, to avoid social media.

"He (Walker) feels it best if I disconnect from social media so I can better connect to my family and the process he is developing for me," Noble said. "I will begin to post and respond again when he says I am able to do so - this is my first step in submitting to his authority and please pray I will stick to it."

NewSpring is the largest church in South Carolina, and one of the nation's largest, with 17 campuses in the state and a weekly attendance of more than 30,000.

NewSpring's roots go back to a 1998 Bible study group in Noble's apartment and its first official service was in January 2000. The church had an income of $64 million in 2015, according to an annual report on the church's website.

Independent Mail


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