Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Woodstock City Church.

When are your services?

Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Waumba Land (preschool) and UpStreet (K–5th grades), are offered. Transit (middle school) is offered at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. only.

Who is the lead pastor of Woodstock City Church?

Andy Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, which has seven churches in the Atlanta area: Browns Bridge Church, Buckhead Church, Decatur City Church, Gwinnett Church (Sugar Hill and Hamilton Mill locations), North Point Community Church, and Woodstock City Church. Gavin Adams is the lead pastor and leads the staff of Woodstock City Church (WC) in day-to-day operations and in discerning the ministry needs of those who attend WC and those who live in the community.

Why doesn't Woodstock City Church have Sunday school?

Instead of providing adult Sunday school classes on Sunday mornings in the church building, we provide small group environments—called Community Groups—that meet at a variety of times during the week in people’s homes. We believe the small group is the best place for sustained life change to occur. Group members study God’s Word together and are in a small enough environment to discuss the issues and challenges of life. They pray and care for one another and are missed if they don’t show up.

 

Community Groups are made up of five to six couples or five to eight individuals of the same gender. They are places where people are personally encouraged and challenged in their relationships with God and one another. Learn more about Community Groups.

What is the deal with the video sermon? Will you ever have a live local preacher on Sundays?

We often use video as a means of bringing relevant messages to our attendees. As long as the video technique is helpful in our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, we will continue to use video messages for preaching and a local ministry staff for ministry. If we determine another technique is more relevant and helpful in accomplishing our mission, we will adopt it.

We have been using the combination of video sermons and local ministry staff preaching since 2001; so far, we’ve found this to be quite effective. From time to time, Andy and other communicators will speak live from Woodstock City.

I heard that Woodstock City Church is a nondenominational church. What does that mean?

It means we are not affiliated with a denomination, such as Baptist, Methodist, etc. In organizing this church, our desire was to be an attractive environment for those who do not regularly attend church. We feel that denominational titles mean more to people who already attend church than to people who don’t. We have discovered that there are more disadvantages to a denominational title than there are advantages.

We clearly state what we believe on our Church Overview page.

Does Woodstock City Church have membership?

Here at Woodstock City, we want you to know that the moment you walk through the doors, you belong here and can consider this place your church home, no title needed. Since we don’t have traditional membership, you won’t be able to “join” the church as a “member,” but we hope you become fully engaged in the life of the church. Those who are fully engaged with us are considered our members.

We describe full engagement as:

  • Connecting in a Group (link to Community page)
  • Serving Strategically (link to Serve page)
  • Inviting Others
  • Giving Systematically (link to Give page)
How do I become fully engaged here?

We want to be a church where unchurched people love to attend. In order to be that kind of church, we need the help of those who share our passion for leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. If you share that passion, or even if you simply love this place, you can fully engage in the life of the church by doing four things:

What about leadership?

At a leadership level, it’s important that we’re all aligned regarding beliefs and accountability. Because we don’t have traditional membership, we ask that anyone interested in entering into leadership meet specific prerequisites that help us know we’re on the same page. Each leadership application will include questions around the person’s spiritual background, leadership background, and, for many ministries, a certified background check.

How do I become a leader? What are the prerequisites?

If you’re interested in leadership, please begin by looking through our website to learn about the different ministry areas in which you can lead/mentor. Once you’re ready, you can begin the application here. Each ministry will have specific requirements for its leadership positions. These requirements will be listed on a landing page prior to beginning the application. Additionally, all ministry applications will state that each potential leader must:

  1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a clear understanding of salvation.
  2. Have been baptized after accepting Jesus as your Savior (believer’s baptism).
  3. Have a willingness to be held accountable to your church leadership regarding matters concerning your relationship with God and others.

After your application has been submitted, you’ll hear from the specific ministry team representative about next steps.

What if I need a membership confirmation letter for a reference?

At a leadership level, it’s important that we’re all aligned regarding beliefs and accountability. Because we don’t have traditional membership, we ask that anyone interested in entering into leadership meet specific prerequisites that help us know we’re on the same page. Each leadership application will include questions about the person’s spiritual and leadership background. Some ministries also require a certified background check.

What about the people who were members?

If you’re interested in leadership, please begin by looking through our website to learn about the different ministry areas in which you can lead/mentor. Once you’re ready, start the application here. Each ministry will have specific requirements for its leadership positions. All ministry applications state that each potential leader must:

  1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a clear understanding of salvation.
  2. Have been baptized after accepting Jesus as their Savior (believer’s baptism).
  3. Have a willingness to be held accountable to their church leadership regarding matters concerning their relationship with God and others.

Once you submit your application, you’ll hear from a ministry team representative about next steps.

What about voting?

Anyone with an existing membership status and everyone who has engaged fully at some time in the two years preceding the vote will be invited to participate in that specific vote.