This weekend, I had the awesome opportunity to attend two of my favorite pastors in the whole world-Andy Stanley and Louie Giglio both in Atlanta.
Highlights of the weekend:
Ate some Coca-Cola grilled chicken! It was so delicious! The hotel was pretty cool. It was located in the College Park area, which is an older part of town. I really enjoyed the hotel and the surroundings.
9:00 am-Attended NorthPoint and heard Andy Stanley teach. His morning service is all about being a church that unchurched people love to attend. The place was crowded. Had a hard time finding a seat. The building and lobby areas were huge! Andy taught about killing our appetite for being known. His key take-away was to take what God has given us and point it back to Jesus. His example was John the Baptist. “Remember who it’s from and who it is for.” Music was very professional and definitely was designed for an unchurched person.
12:30 pm-drove over to Passion City Church. It was a totally different feel. Louie’s church was more of an old warehouse. It was still very nice-just not as polished. Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill led worship. Pretty good line-up for worship. Louie’s talk was awesome. He focused on the shepherds in the Christmas story and how God came near to us. How awesome and exciting Christmas is: we celebrate that God came near us! Want to see something cool: google Migdal Eder. The Gospel of Jesus has been working throughout history!
2:30 pm- Found a Buffalo Wild Wings only to see the Dolphins playoff hopes vanish for the season. Found other Dolphin fans and watched the Fins lose another game that mattered.
4:30 pm-Drove back to NorthPoint to attend the student worship service for high school students. They had over 500 high school students. They had no chairs-everyone stood until the youth pastor spoke. The band was amazing as it was a professional adult band. The majority of the students were engaged but there were quite a few that talked the entire service or played on their phones. After the youth pastor spoke, everyone went to small groups. It was a good service!
7:30 pm-Had some of the best bbq I have had in a long time. Walked from the hotel to Tony Morrow’s BBQ. I had some lemon pepper ribs and brisket and some sweet tea! The meal was delicious and everyone was very kind!
9:00 pm-Went back to hotel to work out at the fitness room-had to burn the ribs off!
Drove to the airport and took the longest flight back to Dallas. My flight went from Atlanta to Washington, DC and then onto Dallas. It was a long day but finally made it safe back home. So glad I made this trip to Atlanta! I love this city more and more each time I go. It is a beautiful city with trees and plenty to do!
Things about each of the churches:
1) Greeters were everywhere! There were people everywhere at both churches greeting: parking lot, lobbies, clearly marked welcome centers. If you needed something or had a question, there was someone to help! At Northpoint, the greeters inside the church had I-pads to get information. Northpoint had clearly marked t-shirts and Passion City had small name tags.
2) Buckets were passed during the service. In both churches, they passed the bucket for offering.
3) The greet time was very short. It was less than a minute. It was just enough time to say hello to two or three people around you and then, it was over.
4) Announcements were brief. And if there were announcements, they were both more video driven than spoken.
5) In both services, there was no guest card to fill out. The next step was clearly outlined for the people but the next step was up to the people. You could easily slip in and out of a service and no one would ever know. No push at all to get people to give information.
6) Both churches had stores filled with resources from their ministries.