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#1 – Never Apologize For Dreaming Big!

He’s God…He wants more for the church than we want for it…ask big!We have a HUGE GOD who can do things that are absolutely MIND BLOWING…and if we focus on HIS POWER rather than our limitations we will always be willing to hear what He says and then do it…even though we don’t have all of our questions answered.

#2 – Never Apologize For Your Passion!

I once had a guy tell me, “Dude, I think you would be more effective as a leader/communicator if you would just calm down a little.”

Here’s the problem…I can’t! Jeremiah 20:9 is my verse…Jesus began a fire inside of me on May 27, 1990…and it’s only gotten hotter.

You can be consumed with passion…or be content with being passive. One Jesus will use to change the world…the other the enemy will use to dull your soul.

#3 – Never Apologize For Wanting To Lead!

If you are called by God and gifted by God to lead…THEN LEAD! Here’s the deal…someone is going to make the decisions. Someone is going to call the shots…and if that is the call that God has put on your life then DO IT!

BTW…when you do this it IS going to make people mad. AND…if you can’t handle the fact that people ARE going to hate you simply because you try your best to listen to Jesus and then do what He says…you may not be called to lead!

#4 – Never Apologize For Not Embracing Someone Else’s Agenda!

You have got to understand that, as a leader, if you experience any level of success, other people will always want to attach themselves and their agenda to you. I often tell people, “Your burden is not my passion!”

As a leader we are responsible for embracing God’s vision for our lives…not everyone else’s!

I am not saying everyone else’s idea is bad…or even wrong…it’s just that you can’t embrace something that God didn’t truly birth inside of you…and doing so will only lead to personal frustration and your organization trying to manufacture energy for something that they hate!

#5 – Never Apologize For Expecting The Best From Others!

Leaders cannot be afraid to set high standards…EVER! I believe it is WRONG to expect perfection from others…we’re all humans, we screw up! BUT…it isn’t wrong to expect others to give their best. (BTW…MOST of the time if people see the leader giving their best it will inspire them to do the same!)

#6 – Never Apologize For Wanting To Reach More People!

From time to time people will take a shot at me for wanting to see more people come to church…and…

I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED!

I can’t help it…the change in life that Jesus has brought about in me…I want as many people as possible to hear about it! I want as many people as possible to have their lives changed. I want as many people as possible to KNOW that they KNOW JESUS! I just don’t see anywhere in Scripture where that is a bad thing.

Don’t EVER apologize for embracing the fact that God has called us to RECONCILE (not REVILE) the world! (II Corinthians 5:16-21!)

#7 – Never Apologize For Saying “No” To What You KNOW You Need To Say “No” to!

One of the biggest frustrations I’ve ever had as a leader is when I commit “sins of obligation,” you know, when I do something because I feel like I have to rather than doing it because I truly feel led to do it because of the Holy Spirit’s leadership in my life.

Just because we have opportunities doesn’t mean we need to embrace them…because saying “yes” to everything often means we have to say “no” to the things that are REALLY important.



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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Jacob Ricker

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Thank you Perry for this list! Excellent advice.

Doug Vance

commented on Sep 28, 2011

You are a prophet crying out in the wilderness...keep on crying out! We are listening and repenting!

Jackie Barnes

commented on Sep 28, 2011

AMEN and AMEN Brother! I truly enjoyed reading this article this morning and know that the LORD is well pleased.....

Kevin O'brien

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Right-on.

Jim Heckman

commented on Sep 28, 2011

For years in my secular life I had a line on my resume that stated a weakness: an inability to say no even when I knew I should. Now, as a pastor I still have that inability, but I am working on it.

Jon Mejica

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Thanks for speaking the truth on this article. It sets leaders free indeed!

R.l. Wilson

commented on Sep 28, 2011

#1-AMEN!, #2-AMEN!, #3-AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!!! #4-AMEN!, #5-AMEN!, #6-AMEN, #7-AMEN!

Dan Keeton

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Well said. A good reminder of what many of us know; but need articulated succinctly and specifically.

Keith B

commented on Sep 28, 2011

How about you stop beating the sheep and feed them instead Perry? He flat out lied about the reasons for playing "Highway to Hell" at Easter. Was it to tick people off or not? He gave 2 directly conflicting answers only 21 days apart. Perry is a wolf. No pastor should be listening to this impostor.

Jon Mejica

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Thanks for speaking the truth on this article. It sets leaders free indeed!

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 28, 2011

k b keeps worrying for some reason about pastors over whom he's got absolutely no influence whatsoever. For the rest of us, however, and on topic...I would probably agree with the list, with the following important caveat--somethings we are wrong about whether those situations are actually true in our case; and when we are, we need to be willing to recognize it and apologize for it. For example: sometimes (maybe even often!) what we think are God's "Big Dreams" are actually our own pride and ambition. If a brother in Christ calls us out on that, we must not be took quick to dismiss it with the excuse that "Well, I don't apologize for dreaming big." Instead, we must have the humility and the integrity to allow God to search our hearts FIRST, to see whether there is truth in our brother's rebuke. And if there is, then, YES, we apologize for dreaming big, because our dream did not come from God but from ourselves. If not, then the principle applies--there is no need to apologize. Another example: we shouldn't apologize for wanting to lead, if God has called us to, and gifted us for, leadership. BUT, we do need to remember that NT leadership is not hierarchical--it is shared. So in our leadership, we need to make sure that we are also submitting in humility to others whom God has ALSO called to lead, and be willing to be held accountable to them. We can work this out for each one of the seven points. The point I'm trying to make is that let us first make sure we have correctly discerned the situation before moving to quickly to apply this article!

Pastor Sung Kim

commented on Sep 28, 2011

I 100 agree with KB. This man is a wolf and has no business being in the pulpit. I have listened to many of his borderline heretical sermons but this last episode with "Highway to Hell" is just too much. It is precisely folks like you, Fernando Villegas who gloss over things like this which causes and encourages these wolves to continue. We are commanded multiple times in the NT to call these false prophets out and to expose heresy and false teaching. It's just sad that they actually ordain people like this. The Bible tells us that we are in this world, not of it. What kind of message does it send to non-believers when a church worship band is singing about going straight to hell? And lauding it! Regardless of the "rationale", this is out-and-out wrong. Shame on you, Perry Noble.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Pastor Sung Kim, I would like to suggest respectfully that you actually engage in a conversation with me to discover my thoughts and intentions before judging me--I'm quite sure that would be the Christian thing to do. Seeing as how your obsession with exposing Mr. Noble as a "false prophet" has led you to act in such an unChristlike manner towards me by judging me before you understood me, allow me to clarify a few things for you. k b and I had a conversation a while back concerning an article written by Steven Futrick. His comments were nothing more than bashing Mr. Futrick's ministry by referring to ambiguous comments he supposedly heard in one (or more, I don't remember) of Mr. Futrick's sermons. The problem with that, which also applies to his comments in this article referring to "Highway to Hell", is that most of us here are not aware of any of those sermons or occasions he refers to, and so we can't speak intelligently about them. The present article is what we have to work with. But neither k b's comments then or now had or have ANYTHING TO DO with the present article. In fact, I asked him directly, what it was about Mr. Futrick's article that he specifically objected to. He has never responded. So his comments, at best, contribute nothing of value or edification to these conversations. At worst, they display a lack of integrity by carelessly throwing out serious charges without offering anything of substance to back it up. Unfortunately, Pastor, you're comments are the same. Now, you accuse me of "glossing over things" which, apparently, you consider quite serious; and you blame me for encouraging these "wolves" to continue. But you are flat out wrong. I didn't gloss over anything, unless you define "glossing over" as "choosing not to speak to or judge something of which I have no knowledge." Most people, rather, would refer to that as restraint. In fact, what I DID do was offer some thoughts and observations relating to this specific article. I would suggest to you, k b and Pastor Sung Kim, if you want to be taken seriously, that you offer something more substantive than what either of you have come up with so far. Of course, if you don't care about being taken seriously, then go ahead and ignore my advice.

Gavin Lightfoot

commented on Sep 28, 2011

Pastor Kim and KB, it doesn't take any courage to name call and criticise someone on a blog, have you expressed your concerns directly to the author of this article? If so was it with an open mind and heart?

Keith B

commented on Sep 29, 2011

Perry Noble has a history of using profanity and coarse language. He was documented lying about using "Highway to Hell" in his Easter service...once saying it was to "**** the religious people off" (nice thing for a pastor to do)....then 21 days later saying it wasn't like they try to "**** the religious people off". Simply put, this guy is a punk that we should not be lifting up as an example of anyone we would think we'd want to be like or take advice from. He's a wolf.

Pastor Sung Kim

commented on Sep 29, 2011

First off, let me address Fernando Villegas. Sir, you pretend like you know me, but you don't. I don't need to have a "conversation" with you to know what it is that you stand for. Being "unChristian" would be to say and do nothing about this false prophet. I have issues with Furtick too but nowhere near the amount I do for this imposter. Yes, you heard me correctly. I called this person an imposter. Why don't you speak about the sermon where Perry Noble just last year spoke about how "God is in charge overall but He's not in control of what we do everyday". Really? That's a pastor speaking, mind you. Or, how about the conflicting and pronae message about "Highway to Hell"? (KB, you stole my thunder...I was going to mention that as well). What about his sermon series on discipleship where he flat out says "Faith isn't everything". (Faith isn't everything??? Really???) Before you lash out at someone like me, maybe you should know what the facts are before you start to accuse someone of being unChristian. It is VERY Christian to defend the faith and expose false teachers of the Word. In fact, you are COMMANDED to do so. Or maybe you and Gavin Lightfoot would care to disagree with that. If so, I can give you chapter and verse to support me.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 29, 2011

k b, please provide links to back up your claims. Otherwise, it's mere hearsay.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 29, 2011

Pastor Sung Kim, I don't pretend to know you. I don't know where you got that impression. But c'mon...did you honestly believe you could write, "It is precisely folks like you, Fernando Villegas who gloss over things like this which causes and encourages these wolves to continue," and not expect me to respond? What did you think I was going to say? And then you write: "I don't need to have a "conversation" with you to know what it is that you stand for." Well, then, tell me what it is that I stand for. If you are right, I will apologize to you right here, publicly. But if you are wrong, then I hope you have the integrity to admit that your behavior towards me was unChristlike, that you judged me before you took the time to understand me (Mat 7:1-5, yeah, I can quote Scripture, too!). This is a serious request. Please, tell me what it is that I stand for.

Keith B

commented on Sep 29, 2011

Fernando: Here you go. Take a listen. He is lying in at least one of the instances...as they do directly conflict. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wNuxEonr0g

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 29, 2011

Pastor Sung Kim, continuing from post #18: For the record, I'm not a fan of either Mr. Noble or Mr. Futrick. I'm not too familiar with them, as I keep quite busy taking care of my OWN churches. But from the things I've read and heard from them, I understand where they're coming from; but overall, I have some disagreements with some of their theology and methodology. Since none of those issues have ever been addressed in the articles I've read from them on this site, I haven't felt the need to bring them up, focusing instead on the specific issues of the article. You wrote, "Why don't you speak about the sermon where..." and then you mentioned three or so different cases. Well, I told you why not. I don't speak about those sermon because I've never heard them!! Tell you what, though. If you provide a link to any of those, I will listen and then give you my thoughts. That's what a mature conversation looks like. One more thing: if you reread carefully what I wrote, you will see that what I was referring to as unChristlike behavior was NOT you exposing false teaching, but rather it was the way you judged me and thought you had me all figured out based on one post (at the time). So the last part of your latest post is really a non sequiter. If God has given you a burden to expose false teaching, then by all means do so! But that's not what you or k b are doing. What the two of you are doing is, at best, gossip. If you REALLY want to expose false teaching, then I repeat, BACK UP YOUR CLAIMS! Links, websites, whatever, I don't care. Just something that will demonstrate that the accusations you are making are legitimate, and that you're not just making things up. Even better, contact Mr. Noble directly with your concerns. (By the way, in Gavin Lightfoot's defense--because I suspect he's more of a Christian than either of us to worry about defending himself against all this silliness--his post to you was quite respectful and displayed more patience than I have been able to display, unfortunately. His observation and questions are legitimate, and I challenge you to point out to me where you think he is wrong.)

Keith B

commented on Sep 29, 2011

Fernando, my point is that I am bothered when Perry Noble gets an article printed that seems to suggest he's some great leader to be followed. He is not someone that should be telling us how to lead our churches. Check out the youtube video I posted below. He is a liar.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 29, 2011

k b, alright, now where getting somewhere! I appreciate your response. As promised, I listened to the clip. I would've liked a little more context for both settings, but especially for his remarks at the Unleash conference. But there does appear to be an apparent contradiction. I say "appear" because without the full interview and the full speech, I hesitate to make a definitive judgement. I think I may have found the full speech online, but it's kind of late right now, so I probably won't listen to the whole thing until tomorrow. Check back in the next couple of days if you're interested in hearing my thoughts. In general terms, though, I do know from the gospels that Jesus was at times intentional about offending the religious leaders of his time (healing on the Sabbath, for example). I suspect that Mr. Noble's defense may go along similar lines. But if so, I think it would be well to keep a few things in mind. First, we're not Jesus, and we need to be careful about doing something like that with only the excuse that, "Well, Jesus did it, too!" Second, there is plenty in the Bible to offend both religious and nonreligious without us having to add our own offenses.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 29, 2011

k b, both your previous posts were placed while I was writing various responses, so my responses to you may lag a bit. I trust we'll be able to figure things out! Just to clarify, my post #22 is in response to your #19. And this one (whatever number it turns out to be!) is in response to your #21. I get your frustration, and I understand where you're coming from. I don't disagree with you in principle. This website is going to feature lots of different articles, some of which we will disagree with the content, and some of which will be written by people whose theology and/or methodology we will disagree with in general. And that's fine. It would be unrealistic to expect that this website will only publish articles that I agree with written by authors that I approve! Like I told Pastor Sung Kim, if God has given you a burden to expose his false teaching, then go ahead and do so. But if you're going to make serious accusations, then back up those accusations, just like you did in #19. That's all I'm trying to say. If that url had been included in your post #9, most of the conversation that followed would've been avoided.

Pastor Sung Kim

commented on Mar 2, 2013

I apologize for the delay in response here. I did not click on "Subscribe to Comments" and lost track of the discussion and haven't been great at keeping up with it. Having said that, let me address you once and for all, Brother Fernando Villegas. You ask for citings and things to "back up" what I'm saying. The truth of the matter is, anyone at anytime (including yourself) can Google this stuff and know that I'm not lying. Or perhaps you're calling me that too as well as being unChristlike. I think before you go and start calling people unChristlike, you should serious look in the mirror. You are the one here that's judgmental. I called you out for your support of a known false prophet. You had a problem with that. That's where we'll agree to disagree I suppose. But I'm not in this to give you a bibliography of all the sources I have on how Noble and any of the other guys are false teachers. You can go look that up for yourself and do some research. I came here to make a point and I did just that. Sorry if that doesn't sit well with you but the last time I checked, this was a free country. I will not respond again because I have already spent WAY too much time talking about this imposter (and of course, "debating" with you). I wish you well in whatever ministry you're in and pray you do the same for me. After all, we are all on the same team...to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus and to glorify the Living God. Good day to you, sir.

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