NewSpring Church

Just wanted to let you know about the “NewSpring Church” link that’s on the worship blog. NewSpring Church is a church in South Carolina:

“115 people met in a small auditorium of the local college in Anderson, South Carolina. Eight years later, we are 8000+ strong, seeing over a thousand saved and baptized, giving away houses and a mini-van to single moms, donating new shoes and coats to needy school kids, filling our county’s food pantries, meeting at two campuses and preparing to launch a third (not to mention an internet campus!), AND building new children’s and youth facilities at the site in Anderson.”

Tim Fitz let me know about their website because they post their services in full on it, including the worship time. What I appreciate from watching these is that they present themselves conservatively, and yet they appear very comfortable doing what they do, which adds a lot to the experience (at least on the videocast).

I get ideas and new songs from them when I get the chance. So if you’re looking for something like that as a resource, you can check out their website. As far as I can tell from their website, their doctrine is sound.

    • Ariana
    • December 3rd, 2008

    I checked out one of their Sunday worship videos (the top posting, 7/6/08) and they start out by doing a cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” I thought they were either going to change the lyrics or trying to make some sort of point for the message, but they used the original lyrics and I couldn’t really see a connection to the message. The lead female singer was also wearing a top that’s not too modest. This might just be one instance, and they’re very talented musicians, but just wanted to give head’s up.

    • James
    • December 3rd, 2008

    Thanks for the warning, Ariana. I don’t think I’ve seen that week’s video.

    They are indeed on the liberal side when it comes to using secular resources, to which I don’t necessarily agree with. They used Living on a Prayer once, and I don’t remember if the topic that week was on prayer or not, but you get the idea. Willow Creek has also used secular resources for their events.

    Although there are songs out there in non-Christian production that would work really well with certain themes (ie. Running on Empty and Cat’s in the Cradle), we’ll remain pretty selective when it comes to using them for our events.

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