New Andy Stanley Resource: The North Point Series

If you have been following my blog or Twitter feed for more than a month or two, you know I am an Andy Stanley fan. I believe he is one of the great communicators of our age. He always nails it in a way that makes me think, Of course! That’s exactly right.

The North Point Series

In case you don’t know, Andy Stanley is a best-selling author, communicator, and pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. Launched in 1995, North Point Ministries is now one of the fastest growing and most influential Christian organizations in America.

Each Sunday, over 25,000 adults attend services at one of three North Point campuses in the Atlanta area, while many more attend North Point’s nearly 30 strategic partner churches in the U.S. and around the world.

I also have the privilege of publishing Andy at Thomas Nelson. I have heard him speak several times and am a regular subscriber to his “Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast,” which, in my opinion, is the best leadership resource available any where.

EMI Christian Music Group has just released three new video series from Andy that you must see.

  • He’s Still Got The Whole World In His Hands is a two-part series. Perhaps you have asked yourself, “How do we maintain peace when the world around us is spinning out of control?” If you’ve ever asked a question like this, you’re not alone. The uncertainty we face today is no different than the uncertainty faced by the men and women of the Bible whose stories have inspired us for generations. Chances are, your favorite Bible stories involve people whose circumstances left them questioning God’s faithfulness. But in the end, they, like us, were reminded that . . . He’s Still Got the Whole World in His Hands.
  • Why Worry is a three-part series. Worry. It’s universal. It is as much a part of life as breathing. Yet Jesus said, “Don’t!” “Don’t worry!” Easier said than done. In Why Worry, Andy Stanley explores what Jesus had to say about this important topic. You’ll discover where worry comes from, why it’s so difficult to overcome, and what you can do to conquer worry in your life.
  • God & Country is a two-part series. You can’t turn on the news without noticing that things aren’t going so well in the good ol’ U.S.A. What’s worse, it seems that those who lead us can’t seem to agree on how to change things. While politicians frame the debate as rich vs. poor, big business vs. the middle class, or Republican vs. Democrat, another conflict reflects a much deeper divide in American culture, a conflict that, if resolved, could pave the way for our nation to come together and successfully address the issues that fill the airwaves.

I can envision at least three ways you can put these videos to use:

  1. Your own personal growth. You can watch these videos on your computer. This is what I did.
  2. Ad hoc small group discussions. Why not invite a few friends over and watch these videos together? I promise, they will give you plenty to talk about.
  3. Sunday school mini-series. These videos would make a great interlude between whatever else you are teaching.

As always, Andy’s presentations are insightful and relevant. I whole-heartedly recommend them to you.

Question: Have you ever personally experienced Andy’s teaching? What was your experience?
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  • http://www.buildthatlist.com Tom

    I have a DVD series of his that he does with Louie Giglio called 'Canvas', I love both of their teaching styles so I will have to look into grabbing one of these!
    My recent post The Aweber Code….And Why You Need To Promote It!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know what it is about his teaching style, but I find him very engaging and easy to listen to. Unlike my experience in listening to so many other speakers, my mind never wanders with him.

  • http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com Dan-Leadership Freak

    Michael,

    I have experienced Andy's teaching and listen to the Leader's pod cast as well. I love the crisp, clear, short statements he makes that capture great truths.

    Regards,

    Leadership Freak
    Dan Rockwell
    My recent post Motivation – progress

  • Douglas Schultz

    Mike – I have been downloading Andy's podcasts for about the last 2 years. I agree with everything you've said about him being a great communicator, although I've never read any of his books. Like you said, he makes you think about your own life and what motivates you from different points of view. There was one series he did on leadership (can't remember the name and don't have Itunes on this PC) that he kept asking to describe what that would look like to you. I thought it was a great question and make me reflect on my own leadership styles. I listen to him on my daily walks and highly recommend his teachings.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I am finishing up that very series now on casting vision. It is the most powerful stuff I have heard on this topic. In fact, it stimulated a major brainstorm for me this morning during my run.

  • http://faithventure.wordpress.com Gary Mintchell

    Thanks for the links. I've heard Andy at Willow Creek a couple of times. He has "his head on straight" as the saying goes.
    My recent post Phoning it in

  • http://www.pittswork.blogspot.com Wally Harrison

    I have enjoyed listening to Andy's teachings for several years, and it continues to amaze me at how he can take one topic and hit in fifteen different ways to drive home ONE major point. I think Andy is the clearest communicator of our generation.
    My recent post Change

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I love how his presentation are always about ONE thing. Most of us want to make it about several things, and these messages don’t “stick” as well as they could.

  • http://morethanuseless.com Tom

    My wife and I are members are North Point and are big fans of Andy. I’m a runner and rather than listening to music when I do my long runs, I queue up a bunch of older North Point podcasts – like you’ve mentioned, always good stuff to think about.

    I’ve also found some other good podcasts to listen to in addition to Andy’s – Louie Giglio has some good stuff, I’ve listened to a few of Francis Chan’s talks, and then there are the usual North Point preachers (Jeff Henderson, Clay Scroggins, John Woodall, Joel Thomas, etc) that do a good job, too.

  • Karen Schmidt

    Being in South Africa, I have never seen Andy Stanley speak in person but I do own quite a number of his teaching DVDs which, I agree, are brilliant. What a communicator! Gets right to the heart of the matter. Two are my favourites are "It came from within" and "The Sinai Code". Use his teachings (and Louis Giglio) in a ladies' covenant group I run. I have recently bought "Why worry" and "He's got the whole world in His hands" and am looking forward to completing those teachings too! Unfortunately, haven't come across any of his books in SA.

    • J.M. Adams

      Karen, you can order any of Andy's books from Northpointstore.com :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Beaconhillnw @jim_gray

    i listen to his podcasts…always good leadership bites in there…

  • http://stadelmountain.blogspot.com Dave Stadel

    I had a chance to see Andy speak at a business conference about 10 years ago, around the time he released Visioneering. I recently found the CD from talk a listened to it. It was phenomenal to hear his engaging style again. The message was timeless. I was able to immediately able to act on one of his suggestions. It’s had major impact on re-setting a vision I’d somehow lost for my team and continuing to keep me focused on that vision…months later.
    Andy’s writing style is engaging. Last year I read Principle of the Path. I read Visioneering a few years ago. In my opinion Visioneering is a must read (not over hyping here) for everyone.
    I’ve not subscribed to his pod casts, thanks for the tip!
    My recent post Book Review: Obstacles Welcome

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    Michael, thanks for another great resource. I just subscribed to his podcast and look forward to hearing him at Catalyst. His latest podcast, entitled "Making your Mark," really open my eyes to what leadership is all about. He is a powerful and insightful communicator.

  • http://guymwilliams.net guy m williams

    Thanks, Michael. Love the blog. Love Andy. As a preacher, I love the leadership podcast and listening to his messages. The 9-part "Defining Moments" series is one of the best sets of messages I've heard. I'll look forward to checking these out.
    My recent post week with eugene peterson 1

  • http://www.gritandglory.com alece

    i love me some andy stanley!

    i've been using his resources for over a decade in africa — to develop our staff team, to train local pastors, to equip student leaders. his book "visioneering" revolutionized our ministry 8 years ago. he helped me streamline our focus and cut away things that weren't advancing us toward our vision.

    and now, during my season off the mission field, i'm living in atlanta and attending andy's church. i am constantly aware of the huge blessing this opportunity is — to see and hear each week a guy who's teachings have transformed not only my life and ministry but countless lives in africa. it's awesome.
    My recent post even greater things

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Kevin_Martineau Kevin_Martineau

    i absolutely love Andy Stanley's books. "Communicating for a change" radically affected my preaching. I just subscribed to his leadership podcast and I am loving that as well!

  • http://forrest-long.blogspot.com Forrest Long

    Thanks for sharing information on these great resources- alot of good, practical and helpful ministry info here.
    My recent post LENT AND THE REAFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH

  • http://www.morganrainer.blogspot.com Morgan

    Saw him just last month for the first time at Passion2010! I think I was the only one in my group that found him to be the most engaging speaker, but his sermon session really hit home for me.
    My recent post Awakened

  • Myriam

    I lived in Atlanta for a year and attended Andy's dad church. Andy's church was walking distance from where I used to live. He's awesome for lack of a better word. I currently live in NY and I am grateful that all of his podcasts are online for free. I listen every week and am a big fan.

    His teachings (all of them) are life changing if put in practice. The most memorable one is a series he did on Finance called (LO$T( that set me on the road to become debt free. God so used these series in my life and I am indeed grateful. "It came from within" and "Principle of the Path" are must listen to and of course the list goes on and on.

    While studying for my theology degree, I got to read one of his books on his teachingpreaching style on what is referred to as a 'one point' sermon versus 3 points and that's very effective in getting the messages across.

    Very soon, they will start to broadcast live services. Hooray!

    Did I make the point?

    I love Andy.

  • Matt Bowman

    I first heard Andy speak when I was about 13 years old (pre-Northpoint days) at a BigStuf Conference. He was talking about sexual purity & I still remember the phrase, "Purity paves the way to intimacy." I was a relatively new believer, but I instantly knew that this guy was not your average preacher. I've followed him ever since. Last year I got to meet him at an event & personally thank him for his teaching & his influence on me as a believer, a teacher, & leader. I agree Mike, he's one of the best, if not the best, communicator in the today's church.
    My recent post

  • http://ginasgreenpastures.blogspot.com/ Gina

    My young family lived in south Georgia from 1985-1995. My husband and sons were baseball fans so we occasionally made trips to Atlanta to watch the Braves. One weekend we decided that we would make it a weekend event and go to here Dr. Stanley druing a Sunday morning service. After navigating downtown streets, limited parking, and an unfamiliar building layout, we found the sanctuary and settled into our seats. Imagine our disappointment when the bulletin informed us that Dr. Stanley was not preaching that day and the Youth Pastor would be filling the pulpit. We weren't disappointed for long. Andy Stanley was that Youth Pastor and I still remember the gist of his sermon. I told my husband that God had great plans for "junior". God has indeed gifted him with the ability to communicate and lead a church and this generation of believers/leaders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/briankiley Brian Kiley

    I've never seen him live but I've listened to his podcast for some time, and I completely agree with your assessment of him. He is one of a kind. His teaching series, "It Came From Within" was one of the most helpful series I've ever heard. The series that you mention in this post were also excellent.
    My recent post “I am Bob, I am Dave”- Reflecting on Lent

  • http://www.ptoddkelly.wordpress.com P Todd Kelly

    Michael,
    I have been a fan of Andy’s for many years, going back to the pre-NPCC days. Having been a member of NPCC for almost 10 years, I have had a chance to get to know him a little, and I can echo everything you said in your post.

  • http://twitter.com/ksgullickson @ksgullickson

    Andy is definitely a mentor in my life without even realizing it! I've listened to his leadership podcasts and guest visits on Catalyst podcasts. When I was hashing out what it really means to be a visionary leader as a future church planter, someone recommended his book, Visioneering, to me. It's awesome! It seems every time I hear him speak or read something he's written, it's always exactly what I needed to hear! I look forward to checking out these new materials–most likely for small groups.

  • Christine

    Michael, it is so cool to see you posting about Andy and then reading all the great comments. I have read all his books and first heard him speak about 7 years ago. Four years ago our family moved to GA primarily so we could attend one of the NPCC campuses. We are very involved and thank God each week for the blessing of calling Andy our pastor. His podcasts are so good–I listen to them regularly–it takes me a few times to "get it", but I never tire of learning from him. Hopefully your readers know that beginning this Sunday, the 11:00 am and the 6:00 pm services are broadcast live on the internet at http://www.northpointonline.tv.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/halhunter halhunter

    I have heard Andy at North Point both on Sundays and at Drive conferences. He is a remarkable communicator, both spoken and written. The Seven Practices of Effective Ministry is required reading for our leadership. His podcasts are invaluable.

  • http://chrisvonada.wordpress.com/ chris vonada

    I’m an active member, worship and serving the Lord, at Access Church, we’re a strategic partner of North Point, in Jacksonville, Florida. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Sunday’s @ North Point program, a behind-the-scenes view of “why we do what we do” at North Point. It was a refreshing experience, we learned how and why this organization is leading the way in bringing people to be followers of Jesus, AND they readily share how they do it with anyone willing to listen! I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in finding out more about Andy Stanley and North Point.

  • Stephanie

    I agree with you Michael…Andy is one of the great communicators/teachers of our time. I've been to Northpoint one time, but have learned so much from his podcasts. The imarriage series he taught recently gave me a lot to think about regarding the fact that in a marriage relationship, spouses don't owe each other anything. And when we think we do, we erect expectations that drive a wedge in the relationship.

    He's always supremely practical and on-point! I look forward to checking out the videos.

  • Antoniette

    I'm excited about looking into Pastor Stanley's teachings further. Thank you for introducing him!

  • Bob Norris

    Michael,

    I have attended North Point Community Church in Alpharetta for the past 4 year and experience Andy Stanley’s messages first hand. He is an amazing communicator who’s messages are right on each time. Sometimes, I honestly think he should be even more blunt than he usually is. But no question, his messages fit today’s world and how to live a Christian life.

    Bob Norris
    Roswell GA