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A year (and a bit) in the life of NewSpring's first Web pastor

Experiencing (and lamb fries)

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I’m still recovering from my weekend visit with most of our CommTeam to see our friends at in Oklahoma City.

We started with a 3:30 a.m. flight Saturday. We got back midnight Sunday. Back-to-back meetings both days. Tiring.

Our goal was to make sure we had covered our bases on all the technical and production issues involved in streaming our services for our  live worship experience online, which is set to launch in January. LifeChurch has had two years’ experience running an Internet campus, with hundreds in attendance at each of 7 live experiences each week.

NewSpring already has a great relationship with LifeChurch. We collaborated on the OnePrayerinitiative, and NewSpring Senior Pastor Perry Noblewill be part of LC’s latest endeavor, LifeChurch’s famed digerati team, under Terry Storch, has a stated goal of becoming the open source technology provider of choice for the global church, and we also forsee chances for a lot of technical collaboration in the future.

The trip was worth it. We’re all set for launch. I’ll write in more detail about what we learned in several upcoming posts.

The highlights:

  • making a guest appearance on the Mogulus Live Experience post-show with Campus Pastor Brandon Donaldson, online community pastor Tony Steward, and having the chance to handle a couple of live prayer requests from online attenders. Intense!
  • Seeing’s global operations center, which felt like being on the set of 24.
  • the unforgettable experience of eating lamb fries at Cattlemen’s steakhouse (Only our fearless leader Tony Morgan refused)
  • a kinda late night discussion at McAlister’s Deli with Will Rodes, Brandon, Tony Steward, internet groups pastor Robert Davis, along with LifeChurch digerati Sam Soffes and LifeChurch IT guru Mark Burleson.
  • the return flight from Dallas to Greenville-Spartanburg where Tony Morgan, Joshua Blankenship and Zac Smith. We discussed several ideas about using a social media strategy to get folks into their Bibles. Maybe one of them will become reality someday.

We at NewSpring love the idea of collaboration. We figure that no one has a monopoly on good ideas. All of us are constantly relearning what we think we know, and few of us have the resources to fully actualize our vision. And most of us recognize the value of learning from each other’s mistakes.

Ministry synergies are real and abundant. I’d encourage everyone to find a ministry that shares your philosophy or demonstrates excellence in an area that matters to you and learn everything you can from them.

And even if you can’t afford an in-person visit, twitter, email, video chat will work just fine.


Written by NickCharalambous

December 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

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  1. Had a great time talking this weekend. I have to say Cattleman’s and talking at Hideaway were my highlights!

    Mark Burleson

    December 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm

  2. Looking forward to the NS Internet campus launch.
    Thanks for the update Nick!

    Patrick Moore

    December 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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