Two years after NewSpring Church in South Carolina lost their founding and senior pastor Perry Noble to alcohol abuse and other “unfortunate choices and decisions,” Jesus Christ is now listed as senior pastor over a new team-led church model in amended bylaws.
Teaching Pastor Clayton King says the new approach to leadership has made the megachurch healthier.
King, who was appointed interim senior pastor for a year at NewSpring shortly after Perry’s exit, also revealed in a recent Essential Church podcast that the church was $47 million in debt when Noble left. Since then the church has managed to cut that debt down to $36 million in less than two years.
“We are a true team approach to ministry now. I was senior pastor for one year but now our church has one senior pastor and we’ve literally in our new bylaws named Jesus Christ as our senior pastor. So we are structured differently now. It’s a true team approach and let me tell you, I love it,” King revealed.
The church is currently run by a team of four lead pastors, three teaching pastors including King, as well as 14 campus pastors.
When asked to explained how Jesus as senior pastor works if there is not a clear single leader, King was quick to explain and suggested it might be a new way forward for church leadership.
“Well by the grace of God it’s working. We’re healthier than we’ve ever been. We’re stronger than we’ve ever been,” King said.
Lead pastors, as highlighted by the church’s website, focus on four different aspects of church administration. The teaching pastors focus on teaching and preaching while the campus pastors manage the day-to-day operations at the individual campuses.
“Some people when they hear team leadership they think no structure at all and that’s not how we’re structured,” King explained.
He pointed to the relationship he enjoys with pastors Dan Lian and Brad Cooper as part of the teaching pastor team to explain how the leadership model NewSpring is pursuing has made them healthier.
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Source: Christian Post