CNLP 001: How Andy Stanley Keeps Growing as a Leader, Why North Point Became So Big & More — An Interview with Andy Stanley

Welcome to Episode 1 of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. In this episode, I interview Andy Stanley, Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church.

Among other things, Andy talks about how he keeps growing as a leader, why, in his view, North Point grew as rapidly as it did to become one of America’s largest churches, what he thinks of communicators who use his content (and where he gets his message ideas from), and how Andy and his team are adapting to a constantly changing culture.

Andy Stanley is one of the most sought after communicators and leaders in the church today. He started North Point Community Church in 1995 with 5 other leaders.

North Point has grown to 6 Metro-Atlanta area campuses and over 20 Strategic Partnerships across North America. He is the author of numerous books. He and his wife Sandra have three grown children.

Guest Links: Andy Stanley

Find and follow Andy Stanley and North Point here:

The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

North Point Community Church

Andy on Twitter

People and Resources Mentioned in This Episode

The links, people and resources mentioned in this episode include:

Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley: Amazon

North Point Strategic Partners:

Reggie Joiner

Julie Arnold

Bill Willits

North Point Production Team

Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley: Amazon

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Amazon

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni: Amazon

Steven R. Covey

North Point Resources (Sermon Prep)

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Quotes From Andy

Some of Andy’s most memorable quotes from this episode:

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Andy’s interview was full of great advice.

While there’s so much you could do after listening to Andy, here are 3 things you can do this week:

1. Discover your strengths and lead from them. Allowing your team to do what they’re best at, and focusing on what you’re best at allows your team and ministry to optimally advance your mission.

2. Let your team see you learn. Try Andy’s practice of reading a book with your staff or volunteer team. It will let them see you learn.

3. Go through the struggle of writing your own content. As much as it’s tempting to want to be someone else or borrow (or plagiarize) what other preachers are teaching, there’s no substitute for opening the scriptures and preparing your own messages. Even if you borrow other people’s content from time to time, preparing your own content positively impacts your leadership over the long run. Constantly borrowing someone else’s diminishes your leadership over time.

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Next Episode: Perry Noble

In the next episode, I interview Perry Noble of NewSpring Church about how being overwhelmed as a leader almost cost him his ministry and his life.

Episode 002 goes live Tuesday, September 23rd. Subscribers will get it as soon as it’s released. Subscribe here.


Thank you so much for ALL your kind support leading up to the launch of Episode 1.

So many of you have jumped on board and shown your support early on, moving the podcast to #1 on iTunes even before Episode 001 was released. You completely blew me away with your support.

I hope this is the beginning of a long and meaningful journey that helps you lead like never before.

Can’t thank you enough. You really are awesome!

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  7. Brent Dumler on September 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Homerun first episode! I particularly appreciated the issue Andy talked about regarding a leader’s ability to say ‘I don’t know’ and how that creates a healthy culture. This is actually in our staff Operational Values, and I’m so thankful. Excited for Perry Noble up next, and for Craig Jutila sometime later. Both of these will be powerful interviews.

    • Carey on September 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Brent…thanks for this! So appreciate the encouragement. Perry and Craig’s interviews were both so so powerful. Can’t wait to share them.

      Love how you have the willingness to say “I don’t know” in your values!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 18, 2014 at 5:53 am

      Thank you so much Brent. Love that you have this in your organizational values!

    • Michael Basalyga on September 25, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Amen. It is HUMILITY that is lacking among the worlds spiritual & political leaders. Those 3 words “I don’t know” are a simple & honest expression of it.

  8. Melrick Bogier on September 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    This first podcast was indeed “gold”. I didn’t expect anything less from you Carey. Than you add Andy Stanley and it’s a guaranteed GREAT podcast full of good information for any leader at any level. Looking forward to Perry Noble’s podcast in two weeks!

    • Carey on September 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Melrick…thank you so much! So appreciate the encouragement.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Melrick…so appreciate this. Really excited for the future!

  9. Jeremy Green on September 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Great 1st podcast. Look forward to hearing more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carey on September 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Jeremy!

    • Carey Nieuwhof on September 18, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Thanks so much Jeremy!

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