Right In The Eye DVD now available!

Andy’s message series, Right In The Eyeis now available for your Life Lessons group!  In this compelling series, Andy employs his gift of storytelling to make the Old Testament book of Judges come alive as he addresses the mindset many people have: “It’s my life.  I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want…as long as nobody gets hurt.”  There may be people in your group who love Andy’s messages and apply many of his life or leadership principles to their daily lives, but may not fully buy-in to the idea that God has something to say about their personal, and even private lives.  As long as no one gets hurt, why does it matter?  This series is great for those people who haven’t quite let God have full access to every part of their heart…and I think if we’re honest, we are all in that boat at different times in our lives!

If you think this series will be a good fit for your group, it’s available for order on our Curriculum Page. (To cut down on our shipping costs, we’d love for you to order more than 1 DVD at a time).

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How To Be Rich DVD Now Available!

Andy’s 2012 series, How To Be Rich, has just been released by Zondervan and is available for your Life Lessons group!

Each year, Andy uses the month of November and the Be Rich Campaign to encourage everyone in attendance, at our strategic partners, and watching on TV and online to live and give more generously.  He focuses on the idea that it’s not just about what we have, but what we do with what we have that matters.  It’s an exciting time of year around North Point, as we unleash a wave of generosity in our community by giving our time, food, gifts, and money. (To see the results of this year’s Be Rich campaign, click here.)  Now you have the opportunity to encourage this same spirit of generosity in those you work with!

This is a great series to show any time of year, but you may make the biggest impact if you show it at a time when the spirit of generosity is at its peak.  For most of us, that’s during the holiday season; but your company may have another time of year where employees are encouraged to live and give generously – if so, that may be the perfect time to offer the How To Be Rich  series!  It’s all based around 1 Timothy 6:18: “…to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”   Could you begin to create a culture of generosity at work?  Imagine the impact that could be made if we (and the companies we represent) all took this seriously!

If you or anyone in your group are interested in digging deeper into this topic, Andy just released a book, How To Be Rich, in addition to the DVD. Click here for the book.

The former How To Be Rich series from 2007 has been replaced with this newer version.

Is your company generous?  How could you begin to create a culture of generostiy at work? Tell us your stories HERE!.

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Top 10 DVD’s of 2013

In 2013, we shipped over 600 DVD’s all across the country and the world! Of those 600, the following were the top 10 most requested:

                                     

(We do not include “1st orders” as we calculate the top 10, as those are the DVDs the staff sends new leaders to launch their groups. These most directly reflect the series that our leaders chose for their groups)

What about you?  What were your favorite series this year?  Leave your comments here.

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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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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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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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New Series: You’ll Be Glad You Did

Just in time for summer, there’s a new addition to the Life Lessons catalog: You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Not sure how to get where you want to go? Well, ask someone who has been there.
Chances are…You’ll Be Glad You Did.

Just imagine if . . .

. . . young people were not controlled by the crowd.
. . . singles made decisions that set themselves up for a desirable future.
. . . married couples knew a secret that could reduce their chances of divorce by 99%.
. . . those over 40 shared the wealth of their experience with the next generation.

This four-part series, themed around nostalgic 1960s-style public service announcements, offers a little something for everyone: young people, single people, married people, and those of us on “the back nine.”
(That covers everyone, right?)

In these messages, Andy offers practical, specific advice for each group that will help them look back on this season with no regrets.

Check this series out; you’ll be glad you did.

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Making the Most of Your Summer

Summer can be a challenging time for Life Lessons groups,

as vacations and the pleasantness of eating lunch outdoors take a toll on group participation. But with a little forethought, you can actually turn this seasonal lull to your advantage and potentially increase your group’s influence down the road. Here are:

Four Ways to Leverage Summer to Your Group’s Benefit



1. CHANGE TARGETS

Shifting your focus for the summer—for the sake of reaching a group of people you’ve been missing—can give you a wider base from which to draw once you’re back in season. You can tailor your DVD selection and market toward a specific stage of life, such as parents or singles. Or you could target management and management-hopefuls by temporarily switching gears from sermon-based content to leadership-based titles, like those in North Point Resources’ Leader Essentials series.

Suggestions: Parental Guidance Required; The New Rules of Love, Sex & Dating; L.E.: Trust vs. Suspicion; L.E.: Becoming a Great Staff

A great time to try it: When you’re having a difficult time reaching certain groups within your target audience.

Not a great time to try it: When the “this-group-is-for-everybody” promised is a key part of your arrangement with H.R.

2. TAKE A STRATEGIC BREAK

Sometimes we’re hesitant to take breaks because we’re afraid we’ll lose momentum. But cratering attendance loses momentum anyway, and you can actually build momentum by purposefully taking a break and giving your audience a chance to miss you. It also gives you a chance to build your lunch funds back up and re-charge your leadership batteries.

Suggestions: (1) Tell people in advance that you’re taking a break. This allows you to cast vision for why the break is a good thing, and plant the seeds for a momentum boost when your group returns. (2) Let people know that—and when—your group will be coming back. (3) Pick a series with a good “hook” for the return in the fall. Avoid titles that sound like downers.

A great time to try it: When the past couple summers’ experience tells you you’re headed for a trough in your participation.

Not a great time to try it: When your group is new (started in 2013) or has recently come off an extended break.

3. CAST VISION TO THE “INSIDERS”

When attendance flags, it’s often the core group of Christians who keep the group afloat. They’re also the ones who sometimes push back against the idea of taking a break. Have your cake and eat it too by taking the summer off from your normal Life Lessons group, but use that time to focus on the “insiders.” Specifically, use a Christian-oriented message series to remind people why you’re doing Life Lessons in the first place—to reach out to the unchurched/non-Christians in your sphere of influence—and inspire them to look outward.

Suggestions: Go Fish, On Location, Big Church, Christian: It’s Not What You Think (these last two may require meeting weekly to finish them before summer ends).

A great time to try it: When there haven’t been any new faces in a while, or when your group members have lost sight of the importance of reaching out.

Not a great time to try it: When your group is actively drawing new people (especially the unchurched/non-Christians) on a regular basis.

4. GREATEST HITS MARATHON

Some leadership teams don’t want to take the summer off, but also don’t want to “waste” a new series on a time when a lot of people won’t be there to see it. Their solution: summer re-runs! This allows people who missed a series to catch up, and can re-kindle interest by bringing back some titles that drew big interest in the past. You can also cherry-pick the best individual messages from different series to create a strong slate, while giving newcomers a chance to see what they missed.

Suggestions: Stick with titles you haven’t shown in at least a year.

A great time to try it: When your group has been around a while, but has experienced an influx of new people over the past several months.

Not a great time to try it: When your group is new and has little history from which to draw.

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New Series: Breathing Room

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Life Lessons message series catalog: Breathing Room.




Deadlines . . . Traffic . . . Flights to catch . . . Bills to pay . . .

Emails . . . Carpool . . . Tennis . . . Dinner . . . Homework . . . Ever feel like you can’t catch your breath?
Perhaps you need some . . . [inhale] . . . breathing room . . . [exhale]. We all do.

In our attempt to get the most out of life, it’s easy to lose control of our lives. For most of us, breathing room feels more like a luxury than a necessity. In this four-part message series, Andy Stanley shows us how to create breathing room in our schedules, our finances, and our relationships. After all, life is better with breathing room.


Wait, this sounds familiar.

You’re absolutely right.
We now have three series that deal with the issue of “margin.” Most of you are familiar with Guardrails, a six-part series from 2010. Before that, there was Take It To The Limit, a six-part series from 2002.

So, how are these different from one another?

Breathing Room is shorter (four parts instead of six), because it has a narrower focus. It looks at margin in the areas of our finances, schedules, and work/life balance, but does not include messages devoted to margin in our morality or friendships (which Guardrails and Take It to the Limit include). Also, Breathing Room approaches the subject of margin from a quality-of-life angle, while Guardrails approaches it from the perspective of protecting yourself. All three series are fantastic and a great fit for Life Lessons groups, but there’s pretty heavy overlap in the content. If you have shown one of these margin-based series, we recommend waiting 18-24 months before showing another.

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Planning for Easter

Today is Ash Wednesday, so with Lent underway, it’s time to start thinking about Easter.


In church world, we think of Easter as our “Super Bowl” — it’s the time of year that even non-church people attend church. Likewise, the Easter season may be a time of year when your Life Lessons group can attract some new participants who show little interest at other times. You can leverage this additional interest by showing an Easter-themed message or series in your Life Lessons group.

This option is not for everyone. In particular, if your group has made promises to HR or management not to proselytize or “push Jesus” on your participants, you should at least watch these messages in advance to make sure you’re not violating those commitments, as Easter messages are naturally among the most Jesus-centric messages we have available. That being said, if you think your group could leverage an Easter message or series, here are a few options:

Multi-part Series:
With Easter approaching on March 31st, you might need to start these series as early as next week to get the whole thing in before Easter.

  • Three Shadows of the Passion (2004, 3 parts) – In this series, Andy looks at three characters from the Easter story and contrasts the self-centeredness of their motives with the selfless sacrifice of Jesus.

  • Playing God (2007, 4 parts) – This series, which looks at power and how we use it, is not an Easter series, per se. However, Part 4 of this series (“The Script”) was the Easter message at North Point in 2007. The message was a bit shorter than most (29:50) because it was accompanied by a couple of special openers as well as 2 closing songs. The DVD version of part 4 does not include these additional elements, just the “Playing God” title package and the message. If you want to see how this played on Easter, you can stream video of it here. If you plan this series for Easter, then if your audience is open to it, your environment/equipment allows it, and you wouldn’t be compromising promises you made to HR/management, you might consider playing part 4′s intro via the web, then switching to DVD for the message.

Individual Easter Messages:
Each of these are DVD-Rs that are not available from North Point Resources, but can be requested by emailing us directly. Please order at least 2 weeks in advance, because we have a limited supply of these discs.

  • The Final Hours (2009) — Today, crosses are an important part of cultures around the world. We see them on the tops of buildings, we wear them as jewelry, and we celebrate them in art and fashion. So, how did the cross go from an unmistakable symbol of suffering and shame in the ancient world to a definitive symbol of hope and salvation in ours? In this message, Andy Stanley explores that question by examining Jesus’ choice to die on a cross.
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  • The Resurrection: It’s Essential (2012) — Do unto others. Love is patient, love is kind. Turn the other cheek. It’s easy to appreciate Jesus’ teachings. But then the Bible writers tell us that he rose from the dead. And a man rising from the dead is harder to believe; for some, it’s so hard to believe that they cherry-pick the teachings and refute the resurrection. In this message, Andy Stanley recounts the truth about Jesus’ life and death that Paul says is “of first importance.”
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