North Point Community! An "INSPIRING STORY" of CHURCH SUCCESS!


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How they OVERCAME ALL OBSTACLES at North Point Community Church Atlanta GA



North Point Community Church Pastor,

Andy Stanley

Son of Charles Stanley,

Pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta

The Story Begins



In November 1995, North Point Pastor Andy Stanley stood in front of a gathering of believers at a North Atlanta convention center and cast the vision for a new church. He said,

* * * "Atlanta does not need another church. What Atlanta does need is a safe environment where the unchurched can come and hear the life-changing truth that Jesus Christ cares for them and died for their sin." * * *

So began North Point Community Church.

For the first three years of its existence, the congregation of North Point met every other Sunday night in rented facilities. When the Olympics came to town, the church was unable to meet for nine weeks.

* * * "Those were our pioneering days," says Julie Arnold, Director of Service Programming. "Everybody had to pitch in and do whatever needed to be done. * * * It was difficult to attend North Point back then, especially for families with kids. Only those who were truly committed to our mission and strategy stayed with us through those defining years." * * *

When North Point Pastor Andy talks about those early years, he focuses on the unique opportunity the unusual schedule afforded them. * * * "We made a strategic decision not to focus on growth, but instead to focus on leadership development. * * * As a result, when we moved to our own facility and began regular Sunday morning services, we had a core of leaders who knew exactly what we were trying to do and exactly where they fit in."



North Point Starting the First of Three IMPORTANT Ministries: "KIDSTUF!"




In addition to the Sunday evening services, NPCC started three ministries designed to capture the attention of their three target audiences.

KidStuf

Under the leadership of Reggie Joiner, KidStuf was established in an elementary school cafeteria. KidStuf targeted families with elementary-aged children.

KidStuf is a 35-minute program where children participate with their parents in a highly interactive, values-driven learning environment.

* * * As Reggie is fond of saying, "KidStuf is where kids bring their parents to learn." This was North Point's first presence in the community they would later call home.



Starting the Second & Third IMPORTANT Ministries: "INSIDE-OUT!" & "7 / 22!"




InsideOut While families gathered for KidStuf, the student ministry team was setting up five miles away in a rented recreation center for InsideOut. InsideOut is an environment designed for high school students.

Under the leadership of Kevin Ragsdale, the InsideOut volunteers made the church's presence known among teenagers in the area.

7|22 After participating in a conference together, Bill Willits, Director of Group Life, and Louie Giglio of Passion Conferences, felt led to create a weekly worship and teaching environment for single adults.

As a result, 7|22 was born.

Under the leadership of North Point's Singles Ministry, 7|22 quickly became a gathering point for hundreds and later thousands of singles and college students from all over the state.

Bill's exceptional organizational skills, combined with Louie's passion to communicate, enabled North Point to make its mark on the young adult population of North Atlanta.



Finally . . . It Is Time for "OPENING DAY!" at North Point




According to Pastor Andy, in December of 1996, North Point purchased an 83-acre site in the middle of Alpharetta, a small town fifteen miles north of Atlanta. Six months later, construction began on what was to be the first of three building phases.

The first phase of construction included a 2,700-seat auditorium, along with a small theater, offices, and education space for preschoolers and children.

On September 27, 1998, the congregation of North Point Community Church moved into its new home. That first Sunday, over 2,000 adults attended two morning worship services.

By Christmas, attendance had grown to 3,000.

By the end of the first year, North Point was averaging over 4,000 in worship.

Plans were started for a second phase of construction.

* * * "It was difficult to determine what to build," says Rick Holliday, Director of Administration. * * * "We were growing so fast that we didn't feel we had time for a three-year building campaign. Also, we had no idea how large an auditorium we would need in three years."

According to Pastor Andy as a result of this dilemma, the church leadership decided to experiment with the idea of developing multiple worship environments, rather than one large auditorium. This was a faster and less costly way to meet the growing demand.

By spring of 2001, the second phase of construction was completed. A second auditorium stood directly behind the original one. With the additional seating, North Point was able to accommodate over 5,000 worshipers at one time.



North Point Decides on Additional Church Campus: "BUCKHEAD!"




A group of people in the Buckhead area wanted a relevant church similar to North Point, where they could safely bring their friends who did not go to church.

In the spring of 2001, they began meeting every other Sunday night in rented facilities, much like the early days of North Point.

Pastor Andy Stanley and the leadership team encouraged and advised Buckhead Fellowship, and in August of 2001 asked them to become the first satellite campus of North Point Ministries. Buckhead Fellowship became Buckhead Church.

They continued meeting every other Sunday night until they moved into a renovated grocery store on Roswell Road on Easter Sunday of 2003. The same North Point Sunday morning environments are at Buckhead Church, with live worship, drama, and announcements.

Most of the messages are shown on a large center screen and are prerecordings of the previous week at North Point. Buckhead Church is now located in a permanent facility at Tower Place in the heart of Buckhead.



North Point Decides on Additional Church Campus: "BROWNS RIDGE!"



Browns Bridge Community Church!

A third campus, Browns Bridge Community Church, opened on October 8, 2006. This campus is fully programmed and shows North Point prerecorded messages with the same technology used at Buckhead Church.

When asked to comment on the amazing growth at North Point Community Church, a member of the leadership team said, "We can't explain it. We don't try to explain it. We just pray that God will keep us from getting in the way of what he's up to."

Only God knows how many, how large and how influential the North Point Ministries will become. Will First Baptist, Atlanta, one day become part of the Fellowship?



North Point Pastor Andy Reflects: "BEYOND THE NUMBERS!"



According to Pastor Andy, North Point Ministries currently has over 28,000 participating in worship at three campuses each Sunday [Summer 2008]. About 23,000 are adults. In addition, over 5,000 children meet in small groups while their parents attend worship.

However, the numbers don't tell the whole story.

Changed lives are what drive the leadership at North Point. Lane Jones, Campus Director of Browns Bridge Community Church in Forsyth County, put it this way,

* * * "Our real mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. That's not just a slogan on our wall. We have measured our success by that standard from the beginning.

* * *If we ever stop hearing stories of life change, I guarantee we will stop what we are doing and regroup, no matter how many people are attending."



Like Father, Like Son! Charles & Andy Stanley! GOD BLESS ! ! !

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