Andy Stanley Biography
Andy Stanley (born as Charles Andrew Stanley) is a communicator, author and pastor born on 16th May 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, US. He is the founder of North Point Ministries and the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Church, Gwinnett Church, Woodstock City Church, and Decatur City Church.
Stanley has a bachelor’s degree in in journalism from Georgia State University and a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
In 1995 Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries, the ministries has grown upto six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 70 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 118,000 people weekly. Andy was identified as one of the top 10 most influential living pastors in America by Outreach Magazine.
Before founding North Point Community Church in 1995 he served as an Associate Pastor and Minister to Students at First Baptist Atlanta for several years.
Buckhead Church was featured in a 2006 article in USA Today regarding its innovative use of high-definition video in the place of a live speaker.
Andy Stanley is the Founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. and Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church, a multi-site church based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Prior to founding North Point Community Church, Andy was the Associate Pastor and Minister to Students at First Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Andy Stanley Age
Andy was born on 16th May 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Andy Stanley Family
Stanley’s parents are Charles Stanley and Anna j. Stanley. His father Charles Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder and president of In Touch Ministries.
His parents divorced in 200 after several years of separation. The divorce caused a minor controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention as Charles had said that he would resign as a pastor if he became divorced.
Andy Stanley Wife
In 1998 he married Sandra Stanley who also graduated from Georgia Tech the same year. Together they founded North Point Ministries. Sandra has a passion for promoting foster care in the local church and spends most of her days in seminary classes through Dallas Theological Seminary, working on various writing projects, and continuing her involvement with Fostering Together – the foster care initiative at North Point Ministries.
Andy Stanley Children
Andy, together with his wife Sandra, has three children Andrew Stanley, Garrett Stanley, and Allie Stanley.
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Andy Stanley Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.
Your Move with Andy Stanley/ Andy Stanley Podcast
In 2012 his show ‘Your Move with Andy Stanley’ premiered on NBC after Saturday Night Live and on CBS after The Late, Late Show with James Corden in 2017, giving him an even wider audience with which to share his culturally relevant, practical insights for life and leadership.
Andy Stanley Books
- 2018: Guardrails Study Guide, Updated Edition: Avoiding Regret in Your Life
- 2017: How to Get What You Really Want (10-Pack)
- 2017: Address the Mess
- 2017: Killin’ It
- 2015: The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating
- 2015: What Makes You Happy
- 2015: Why in the World Participant’s Guide: The Reason God Became One of Us
- 2015: Future Family (Groups)
- 2015: Starting Point: A Conversation about Faith
- 2014: Ask It! The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions
- 2014: Follow Participant’s Guide: No Experience Necessary
- 2013: How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have. It’s What You Do With What You Have.
- 2013: Community Conversation Guide: Starting Well in Your Small Group
- 2013: Christian Study Guide: It’s Not What You Think
- 2012: Christian: It’s Not What You Think
- 2012: Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend
- 2011: Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You
- 2011: When Work and Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family
- 2011: Guardrails Participant’s Guide: Avoiding Regrets in Your Life
- 2010: The Grace of God
- 2010: Staying in Love: Falling in Love Is Easy, Staying in Love Requires a Plan
- 2010: Your Move: 4 Questions to Ask When You Don’t Know What to Do
- 2009: Faith, Hope, and Luck: Discover What You Can Expect from God
- 2009: Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith
- 2008: The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
- 2008: Twisting the Truth: Learning to Discern in a Culture of Deception
- 2008: Starting Point: Find Your Place in the Story
- 2007: Making Vision Stick
- 2006: Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication
- 2006: It Came from Within! The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart
- 2006: IMarriage Study Guide: Transforming Your Expectations
- 2005: Go Fish Study Guide: Because of What’s on the Line
- 2005: Life Rules Study Guide: Instructions for the Game of Life
- 2005: It Came From Within: The Terrifying Truth of What Lurks in the Heart
- 2004: Louder Than Words: The Power of Uncompromised Living
- 2004: Seven Practices of Effective Ministry
- 2004: Fields of Gold
- 2004: Creating Community: Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture
- 2004: The Best Question Ever
- 2004: Discovering God’s Will: How to Know When You Are Heading in the Right Direction
- 2004: Parental Guidance Required Study Guide: How to Enhance, Advance, and Influence Your Children’s Relationships
- 2004: Max Q Student Journal
- 2004: Max Q for Youth Leaders
- 2003: How Good Is Good Enough?
- 2002: Choosing to Cheat: Who Wins When Family and Work Collide?
- 2002: Can We Do That? Innovative Practices That Will Change the Way You Do Church
- 2002: Next Generation Leader
- 2001: The Seven Checkpoints for Youth Leaders
- 2001: The Seven Checkpoints Student Journal
- 1999: Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision
- 1997: Like a Rock: Becoming a Person of Character
Andy Stanley Controversies
“Saved By The Church”
In March 2016 Andy came under fire for his remarks during in a February 28 message titled “Saved By The Church” in which he made a ‘stinking selfish’ parent comment. Stanley was addressing a hypothetical parent who refused to attend a larger church for the sake of student ministry options for their kids.
” When I hear adults say, “Well I don’t like a big church, I like about 200, I want to be able to know everybody,” I say, “You are so stinking selfish. You care nothing about the next generation. All you care about is you and your five friends. You don’t care about your kids [or] anybody else’s kids” … If you don’t go to a church large enough where you can have enough middle schoolers and high schoolers to separate them so they can have small groups and grow up the local church, you are a selfish adult. Get over it. Find yourself a big old church where your kids can connect with a bunch of people and grow up and love the local church. Instead… you drag your kids to a church they hate, and then they grow up and hate the local church. They go to college, and you pray that there will be a church in the college town that they connect with. Guess what? All those churches are big.”
“Aftermath: Not Difficult”
In September 2018 Stanley came under fire due to his sermon where he said Christians were not required to obey any of the commandments from the Old Testament.
“(First Century) Church leaders unhitched the church from the worldview, value system, and regulations of the Jewish scriptures, Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and my friends, we must as well.”
After he was criticized due to his statement he later said he was misunderstood saying, “I never suggested we ‘un-hitch’ from a passage of Scripture or a specific biblical imperative.”
During an interview with Relevant Magazine he said that instead of criticizing him leaders should have taken the opportunity to learn and listen to his message in its entirety.
“The folks in our churches understood the point I was making. Anyone who listened to all three parts of the series probably understood the point I was making. Anyone who heard my Christmas or Easter message understood the point I was making, so I guess the point I’m making is that anyone who really wanted to know what I meant by what I said could figure that out pretty easily. But it might require listening to more than one message!
I approach a message series like a single sermon, I don’t try to cover everything in 35 minutes. I’m not that good. So, if you want to criticize my approach to preaching, fine. I would love to talk about that. But don’t criticize a statement in a sermon if you aren’t willing to spend the time necessary to appreciate the context.”
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