RE:GROUP 2014

For a few hours each month, you circle up with a group of people looking for a bunch of different things from you — insight, guidance, support, wisdom, friendship, hospitality . . . leadership.

One night each year, we want to invite you to be a part of another group — a group made up of leaders just like you. This night is called re:group. It’s for the people who gives their lives away to reach others.

The weekend of April 25-26, we will host re:group at four different Atlanta-area locations.

Heather Zempel, author of Community is Messy, will deliver a main session talk aimed at encouraging you as you face the challenges of leading others. You’ll have time to recharge as you interact with other leaders. We’ll have dinner, dessert, and, of course, lots of fun.

re:group is our chance to . . .

  • Say thank you
  • Cultivate your leadership
  • Celebrate what God has done in and through you


To register, select the location you would like to attend.

Buckhead Church—Friday, April 25, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Browns Bridge (Cumming)*—Saturday, April 26, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
North Point Community Church (Alpharetta)—Saturday, April 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Watermarke Church (Canton)*—Saturday, April 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

* The Browns Bridge and Watermarke events include breakout sessions. These sessions are specifically designed for small group leaders at North Point Ministries churches, but would be helpful for anyone who leads a small group environment.

On the registration form, please select “Life Lessons” as the Ministry area.

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Feb 24: Catalyst One Day Discount &
Special Volunteer Event with Andy and Craig Groeschel


We are always on the lookout for ways to invest in your leadership.
For those of you within driving distance of Atlanta, Febuary 24th offers two outstanding leadership development opportunities.

Catalyst One Day Atlanta

About 15 years ago, Andy Stanley helped conceive and launch the first Catalyst Conference, a leadership conference for the next generation of church leaders. Since then, more than 100,000 leaders have attended Catalyst. Catalyst has grown so much that there are now three full, three-day conferences as well as a handful of one-day events. North Point Community Church is hosting Catalyst One Day Atlanta on Monday, February 24th. Andy and Craig Groeschel (who is the pastor of LifeChurch.tv and and has co-headlined Catalyst events for the past few years) will be speaking at this all-day event.

Catalyst One Day will cover leadership essentials, such as vision casting, decision making, team building, work/life balance, etc. Past Catalyst events have provided the content for many episodes of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, which has more than 200,000 followers.

As a Life Lessons leader, you can register for Catalyst One Day for the discount price of $79—almost 50% off the regular individual rate of $149. Click here to register and use discount code “NPCC.” This is a special deal for leaders affiliated with North Point, so please don’t share the code.

Special Volunteer Event with Andy & Craig

In addition to Catalyst One Day, on the evening of February 24th, North Point is also hosting a special event for our volunteers, leaders, and coaches. As a Life Lessons leader, this includes you even if you don’t attend one of our five Atlanta-area churches. This special event begins at 7pm and will feature content specifically geared toward lay leaders who serve in our ministries.
This is a free event, but will require an RSVP.
RSVP info will be forthcoming, check our Leader Events page for updates.

Please let us know you’re planning to attend.

If you are planning to attend Catalyst One Day and/or the special volunteer event that night, please drop us a line to let the Life Lessons staff know. If there are a significant number of you coming, we may try to schedule a special dinner just for Life Lessons leaders.

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A Great Year In Ministry


As we look back on 2013, there is so much to celebrate.

We are so grateful for you and for everything you do to invest in the spiritual lives of those in your spheres of influence. By inviting your co-workers, employees, vendors, customers, and friends to watch messages with your over lunch, you are creating opportunities for thousands of people to connect with God in a safe and comfortable environment. And by leading out with this initiative, you are modeling for many, many believers what it looks like to take your faith with you into the workplace.

Here’s a glimpse of how far your influence has reached:

58 ➙ ➙ ➙ number of new groups launched this year!
220 ➙ ➙ active Life Lessons groups, as of December 16th
35 ➙ ➙ ➙ Life Lessons groups in non-traditional environments, such as schools, colleges, military installations, rehab facilities, correctional facilities, coaching clinics, and neighborhoods
26 ➙ ➙ ➙ U.S. states in which Life Lessons groups operate
11 ➙ ➙ ➙ countries in which groups operate, with the additions of China, Costa Rica, Peru, and the Philippines in 2013
5,200+ total people who participated in Life Lessons this year
47,000* approximate times a Life Lessons participant watched a message in 2013

Each of those numbers represents lives you have touched. In leading Life Lessons Over Lunch, you are creating environments where people can connect with their heavenly Father—often people who have opted out of church, or even been rejected by church.

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in ministry this year, and thank you for all you do to make a difference in your sphere of influence!

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Ordering DVDs for January

Two quick—but important—notes on ordering DVDs for January:

1. If you need it by January 7th, 2014, order it by December 19th, 2013.

Normally, we try to get your DVD requests processed and shipped to you within 2-3 business days. However, at the end of the year, it always takes longer. For one thing, the Life Lessons staff will be out of the office for the entire week of 12/23-12/27. Also, North Point Resources (who actually fills and ships the orders) does its year-end inventory and closes up shop for a couple of days.


2. Leverage the new year to reach a wider audience.

January presents a unique opportunity to tap into the felt needs of those in your sphere of influence. At the start of a new year, people are naturally inclined to pursue self-improvement. If your Life Lessons group can help them toward their goals, they’re that much more likely to participate in your group. Here are some messages/series that can help you leverage the start of a new year:
  • “This One Thing”*: North Point’s 2012 New Year’s message, that challenges each of us to shift from a having list of resolutions to focusing on the one thing that most deserves our attention this year.
  • Life Apps: a 6-part series about turning knowledge into life change. This series plays heavily on New Year’s resolution themes like weight loss, exercising, spending wisely, etc.
  • Breakaway: a 6-part series about breaking patterns of past behavior.
  • Breathing Room: a 4-part series on creating breathing room in our schedules, our finances, and our relationships.
  • Time of Your Life: a 5-part series on making the most of your most precious resource—time.
  • Balanced: a 6-part series on how to experience financial balance.

* Single-message DVD-R’s like “This One Thing” are not listed on the Online Order Form. You can request them by emailing us.

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Christmas Card & Gift for Life Lessons Leaders

North Point Christmas: "Let There Be Light"

Over the past couple of weeks we sent out our 2013 LLOL Christmas cards

to all of the active Life Lessons group leaders on our roster; hopefully you’ve received yours by now. The last two years, we included books with our Christmas cards, as a way to say “thank you” for a great year of ministry.

We don’t want to create the impression we’re giving you homework for Christmas, so this year we’re mixing things up—we’re giving each of you a copy of the brand-new North Point Christmas CD, “Let There Be Light.”

Given that North Point’s 2010 Christmas CD was easily the most-played Christmas album in my collection, I knew this would be a good one. It has definitely lived up to expectations! We have already heard from many of you how much you’re enjoying it.

If you’d like to order “Let There Be Light” for someone else, you can order or gift it on iTunes here. Or you can share the link northpointmusic.org/lettherebelight, where people can preview all the songs and even get a free song download.

We hope this gift will help put you in the Christmas spirit!



If you’re currently leading a Life Lessons group and did not receive a Christmas card and CD from us, please let us know.

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New Series: Starting Point


Everything has a starting point.

Your life.
Your relationships.
Your education.
Your career.

But sometimes we forget that faith has a starting point as well.

In this 8-part series, Andy Stanley explores what it would look like to hit the restart button on your faith.

The Starting Point series was created to help support the newest revision of North Point’s “Starting Point” curriculum—an 8-week group study designed to help “seekers, starters, and returners” think through the foundational concepts of the Christian faith. It looks at God’s plan for humanity, how sin corrupted that plan, the role of law, why Jesus is our Savior, the role of grace, the role of faith, and how you move in God’s direction.

Who is it for?

This is a great series for groups that have been meeting for a while and contain a significant number of “nominal” or “Sunday” Christians, provided that the group does not fall into one of the Who is it not for? categories below. It might also be appropriate for those who have not yet crossed the line of faith, but are really seeking. It might be a good fit for some groups that meet weekly. Finally, if your group has a number of people who have been coming to your group for a while and are looking for a “next step” in their faith journey, going through Starting Point with the discussion guides might be a great way to take the conversation to the next level.

Who is it not for?

  • This series is not for new groups. This is a “Jesus-heavy” series, and new groups should establish themselves with more felt-need-driven (i.e., topic-based) curriculum for at least a year, so that the unchurched people checking out your group don’t feel like they’re getting the bait-and-switch.
  • This series is definitely not for groups that have to walk a fine line with HR about the Christianity angle of the group. This series includes a clear Gospel presentation, which would almost certainly violate any promises not to use your Life Lessons group to proselytize.
  • This series is not for groups that meet less than twice a month, as it’s a loooooong series.

If any of the above describes your group, we have plenty of other series that will meet your needs—take a “pass” on Starting Point for now.

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Update on Ellen and her twin boys

That’s Carter on the left; Maddox on the right.

The Life Lessons family has grown!


Many of you have been asking, so I wanted to give you an update on Life Lessons Coordinator Ellen Gray and her twin boys.

As you know, Ellen was placed on bed-rest in late July to help the boys have as much time as possible to grow. She continued to work from home into September, but only what she could do from a reclining position. Well, the precautions paid off, as she made it to 37 weeks.

On September 20th, Ellen gave birth to Carter (6lbs., 4oz.) and Maddox (5lbs., 12oz.). Both boys were 19″ at birth.

The boys are getting bigger, and Ellen is recovering nicely. She even shared a picture of her with Carter and Maddox.

She said to thank you all for your prayers and well wishes!

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RE:GROUP Event for Leaders

QUICK UPDATE: There are two different events called re:group. The event described in the post below is a one-night event for leaders like you. You may have also received a brochure in recent DVD orders about the re:group Conference, which is a two-day conference in October for churches who want to learn more about groups ministry.



Mark your calendars.

The re:group Volunteer Event is Saturday, November 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at four of North Point Ministries’ campuses*.

We’ll celebrate all the time and energy you invest each year in leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Clinical psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Henry Cloud (Boundaries) will offer a main session message to help you grow as a leader. You’ll have time to recharge as you interact with other leaders. We’ll have light appetizers, desserts, and, of course, lots of fun.

Plan to join us on November 9. It’s an evening just for you.

For more information and to register, click here.

* North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, and Watermarke Church will each be hosting the event simultaneously. Life Lessons staff will be present at the NPCC event, but feel free to register for whichever location is most convenient for you.


Out of town? Unable to make it?

North Point Ministries will be recording the event (whether it’s the entire event or just the keynote is unclear at this time), and we plan to make it available online at a future date. We’ll let you know when we know more specifics.

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Milestones: 200 / 300 / 5000


This has been a big week for Life Lessons Over Lunch!

Last Wednesday, the first Life Lessons group in China launched at Baidu in Beijing. This week, two new groups launched in Atlanta, putting us into some new territory. With these groups beginning, we hit three significant milestones for the first time.

As I marked the numbers in my spreadsheet, it took me back to four years ago. When I first stepped into the role of Life Lessons Director, we had 88 groups, 122 leaders on our roster, and about 1,800 people involved in the ministry. I remember dreaming and talking with my boss about where I saw the ministry going. In my mind’s eye, there were three big, round numbers that stood out: 200 groups, 300 leaders, 5000 particpants. At the time, that was almost too big to imagine. But as of today, here is where we stand:

201 Life Lessons group

300 Life Lessons leaders

5,030 Life Lessons participants


Hitting those milestones is worth celebrating, but not because of the roundness of the numbers—rather, it’s what those numbers represent. Around the world, there are more than 200 places where people can connect with God in the middle of their workday. There are at least 300 people who are dedicated to investing in the spiritual lives of those around them. And there are than 5,000 people whose lives are being touched by what you are doing. That is amazing! I am so grateful to have been a part of how God has worked through all of you over the past four years. I can’t wait to see what He does next!

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New Series: Follow

For many, the Christian life feels like
a long game of “Jesus Says.”

Jesus says pray.
Jesus says give.
Jesus says to go to church.

But upon further investigation, we discover that Jesus’ invitation to his first-century audience was an invitation to relationship. And it began with a simple request:

“Follow me.”

In this 8-part series, Andy Stanley takes us on a journey through the Gospels as he traces Jesus’ teachings on what it means to follow.

In some ways, this series almost feels like a “greatest hits” compilation.

There are familiar themes that you’ll recognize if you’ve heard the White Flag, Playing God, Everyone, or Breakaway series, as well as stand-alone messages like “The Separation of Church and Hate” or “Trading Up.”

Who is it for?

This is a great series for groups that have been meeting for a while and contain mostly or even exclusively Christians—especially if a lot of them are “nominal” or “Sunday” Christians. It might also be appropriate for those who have not yet crossed the line of faith, but are really seeking.

Who is it not for?

  • This series is not for new groups. This is a “Jesus-heavy” series, and new groups should establish themselves with more felt-need-driven (i.e., topic-based) curriculum for at least a year, so that the unchurched people checking out your group don’t feel like they’re getting the bait-and-switch.
  • This series is definitely not for groups that have to walk a fine line with HR about the Christianity angle of the group.
  • This series is not for groups that have a number of new participants.

If any of the above describes your group, we have plenty of other series that will meet your needs—take a “pass” on Follow for now.

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