Changes at NewSpring Church
A Christian publishing company has decided to shelve, at least temporarily, the latest book from former NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble.
The book, "11 1/2 Questions To Help You Date Without Regret,"was originally scheduled to be released to the public Sept. 27.
A spokeswoman for Tyndale House Publishers said Wednesday that the company has moved Noble's book to "unscheduled status."
"We plan to review this status at a future date and then evaluate the viability of releasing this book at another time," publicist Margie Watterson said in an email to the Independent Mail.
Watterson said there is no set date for that evaluation to occur.
Watterson said Noble's other books, "Overwhelmed," Unleash!" and "The Most Excellent Way to Lead," will remain available for purchase on the company's website.
Noble's book about dating was still being advertised on the company's website as of Wednesday night, with language posted indicating that it is "coming soon."
Amazon also was still accepting pre-orders for the book as of Wednesday night.
Noble, 45, the founder of NewSpring, was removed as the church's senior pastor last month.
Shane Duffey, the church's executive pastor, told the congregation July 11 that the NewSpring board of directors made "a difficult and painful decision" to remove Noble. Duffey said board members had confronted Noble more than once in recent months about his alcohol use and "posture toward his marriage."
In a July 13 live video on Facebook, Noble said the church had made the right decision. He acknowledged a "dependency on alcohol" and said he was entering a treatment center for about 30 days to get help.
"I'm serious about fighting for my wife and my daughter, and I'm serious about following Jesus," Noble said in the video. "And that has not changed."
NewSpring, based in Anderson, has more than 30,000 members across the state. It is South Carolina's largest church and one of the largest in the United States. Clayton King is serving as NewSpring's interim senior pastor and the church appears to have remained strong in the weeks since Noble's departure.
On social media, church members have spoken about the recent success of Gauntlet, a week of ministry in late July aimed at students in the sixth through 12th grades.
Suzanne Swift, a spokeswoman for NewSpring, declined to take questions Wednesday about Noble's books or how the church is doing now.
She said she was on vacation with her family and that no one else from NewSpring was the proper point of contact for media questions.