“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” C.S. Lewis
Holy Rage at the Spring.
Early on in my blogging, I came across a stunning story of abuse. It is probably the most despicable story I’ve ever read that did not involve sex abuse. Dr James Duncan and his family were the targets of NewSpring pastors/ leaders gone wild. Duncan has posted his story in the tom of a PDF; Holy Rage at the ‘Spring: How NewSpring Church leaders motivated and monitored a campaign to destroy a critic and his family.
If you have never read this story, I urge you to immediately read it so you have an idea of what kind of church leadership we are dealing with in this story.
Perry Noble/NewSpring Church got the boot from the SC Baptists in 2015.
Dr. Duncan guest posted Baptists’ Message to NewSpring: You’re not one of us. Do you know how hard it is to get kicked out of the SBC? Look at all the churches they kept around that had credible accusations of child sex abuse!
The South Carolina Baptist Convention has told Perry Noble and NewSpring that they must correct serious errors in their church before they can once again associate with the Convention. In a bold and praiseworthy statement, the president of the SCBC, Tommy Kelly, turned what has been general public criticism of NewSpring into official church discipline, though the public rebuke went much further than just the Ten Commandments sermon. Kelly condemned Noble’s pulpit profanity, his sloppy exegesis and preaching, his lack of accountability and inability to receive correction. It also criticized NewSpring’s regular use of anti-christian music in its services.
Perry Noble spins the drain, gets thrown out of the church and starts a new church while finding time to get divorced.
It was during this time period that I began to suspect that Perry Noble had a substance abuse problem and wrote Perry Noble Goes on a Rant and Demonstrates Why He Doesn’t Belong in the Pulpit This post lists a myriad of documented problems, not the least of which was his serious alcohol abuse.
Noble was fired from his church. After taking the *cure* and discovering that he may not be an alcoholic…he started a new church for all the losers out there. His old church, NewSpring, said that he was disqualified from preaching, as if Noble gave a hoot.
At this point, I will start receiving threatening comments and tweets from the Perry Noble fanboys who just know he is 100% OK. “Do you know how many people he’s saved?”
Given the DNA of Newspring, it should not come as a shock to discover that there have also been 4 child predators who were overlooked by the less than diligent church leaders who function more like a frat than a church.
A volunteer was accused of molesting 14 kids! And guess what? They should have known. They had cameras all over the place but no one reviewed the footage. Maybe the fog machines were blurring their vision??
The Post and Courier reported in Volunteer accused of assaulting 14 kids is 4th alleged predator in SC megachurch.
On Nov. 25, Hazlett was watching over a group of children — none older than 5 — in a portion of NewSpring’s KidSpring ministry called the Tree House. During the session, Hazlett escorted a 3-year-old boy to the restroom. During that visit, he sexually assaulted the boy, affidavits show.
The following day, the boy’s parents complained to NewSpring that Hazlett had an “inappropriate interaction” with their son, the church would later tell worshipers. Church officials decided to check their video surveillance system to see what had happened.
More than three dozen security cameras are situated in the rooms that comprise the children’s ministry, according to court filings, including at least one camera that is trained on panel doors that open to the restroom where Hazlett took the boy. Footage from that camera showed Hazlett looking around to make sure no one was watching before he sexually assaulted the boy, according to an arrest affidavit.
Church leaders reviewed footage from the cameras dating back three months — as far back as their surveillance system has storage. After observing what NewSpring staff described as “inappropriate conduct by Hazlett,” the church reported their findings to law enforcement, according to a letter the church sent to worshipers.
The leaders produced crocodile tears and claimed they did their best.
In a prepared statement, NewSpring officials said the incident occurred despite their best efforts to protect children.
The church also said it has plans to create a fund that will be made available to families who have accused Hazlett.
“We know this happened on our watch, and though we have taken great measures over the years to protect our children, evil found a way to breach our best efforts,” the statement read. “This devastates us to the core.”’
Except that the statement was the same old, same old from this church. You see, they had three other predators in their children’s programs and they did everything that they could for them as well.
Newspring is now being sued by 7 families.
Once again, the Post and Courier reported in Lawsuit in North Charleston church sex abuse case expands with seven families
Tuesday’s suit alleges that NewSpring officials failed to contact either of the churches in North Carolina where Hazlett had volunteered, failed to check his criminal background in Ohio, and either ignored or failed to properly monitor security cameras around its campus.
NewSpring says that *evil is to blame,” not them, and that’s why Dee is *raging at the Spring.*
The State posted Megachurch had 4 alleged child predators — and over a dozen victims, SC police say causing Dee to lose it.
A volunteer at the NewSpring Church campus in North Charleston, South Carolina faces charges for sexually abusing more than a dozen young boys in his care last year, a lawsuit says.
But he’s not the only one.
Another volunteer in Florence was charged in 2016 for kissing and fondling a teenage boy at the NewSpring church campus there, WBTW reported. In Anderson County, yet another volunteer at NewSpring faced charges in 2016 after police say he fondled a 10-year-old boy, according to WYFF. In early 2018, police arrested a former youth pastor and then-volunteer at NewSpring’s Charleston church for sexual exploitation and solicitation of a minor, WCIV reports.
…A new report from the Charleston Post and Courier details the allegations against the three former volunteers and one employee, and the church’s response.
“Each time NewSpring reckoned with the fallout from these allegations, the church was consistently measured in its response. Its leaders offered nearly identical explanations in every case: NewSpring vetted its staff and volunteers through an extensive screening process. The accused individuals had been removed from their posts. Evil was to blame,” the Post and Courier reports.
The church is playing word games about the videos.
In NewSpring leaders ‘gutted’ as lawsuit suggests volunteer molested 14 children in 90 Days, the Christian Post reported how the church seems to be unwilling to explain why no one was watching the videos.They keep repeating the mantra that they have video cameras and isn’t that really great? They claim to be monitoring the cameras in case a crisis arises. Helloooooo Spring…. A crisis did occur and you boys were nowhere to be found. No one is monitoring those videos.
Addressing a question on why it took so long for Hazlett to be caught even with cameras in the room, church leaders did not provide congregants with a clear answer.
“We have video cameras in all of our KidSpring rooms at permanent campuses, and they are positioned to make the entire room visible. We monitor these cameras at each campus to provide a level of oversight and quick response if there is a crisis situation in a room. We also have them in place to make sure we can verify anything a parent would have concerns about when talking with their children about being in KidSpring. Somehow, Hazlett’s independent and individual acts were missed as they happened,” the leaders said.
“We are thankful that we have 90 days of footage. This has allowed us to provide law enforcement with crucial evidence as they move forward in proving criminal actions by Hazlett. The footage has also allowed us to identify the children directly impacted by Hazlett, quickly reach out to their parents, and begin the process of notification and care,” it added.
Your kids are in danger at NewSpring Church. Enter at your own risk.
The Friendly Atheist wrote an accurate assessment of the problem in One SC Megachurch Has Harbored Four Child Predators With Over a Dozen Victims.
Yeah. Blame Satan. Not the flimsy background process that green-lights these abusers or the church officials who still can’t work out how to avoid leaving kids alone with adults.
At this point, attending that church is like not vaccinating your kid: It’s irresponsible, dangerous, and a sign of how some adults are willing to sacrifice their own families for a lie.
…At this point, parents should consider sending their kids to a Catholic Church, where it’s safer. Or, if they actually gave a damn about any of these incidents, they could pull their kids from the youth ministry. Or at least stop giving money to the church until it shuts down its youth ministry or outlines exactly how it plans to prevent these incidents in the future.
…he fact that physical abuse is happening either on site or with people vetted by church officials shows how little they actually care about preventing these crimes.
Mehta is correct. It appears that NewSpring leaders didn’t care enough to prevent abuse against children in their church. I bet they spent far more time discussing and picking out their sound system than they did caring for the kids. All they had to do was a few minutes viewing the video and they could have prevented much of the abuse .I bet they were all sipping their lattes at the coffee bar.
I believe that the leaders lied to the parents. I bet the parents thought that the church really cared since they had installed *video cameras.* The church leaders didn’t care and I don’t believe that they are *gutted.* It is just one more proof that the Spring is a mess up with Noble and a mess up without Noble.
Parents: protect your children. Keep them away from the kids program until they drastically change up what they are doing. I would also be concerned about leaving older kids in the middle school and high school program. Also, see if they have a line item for someone to actually look at the videos…
In case you haven’t noticed, Dee is pretty mad about this. Child sex abuse is my hill to die on.