In November 1995, Andy Stanley stood in front of a gathering of believers at a North Atlanta Convention Center and cast the vision for a new church. He said, “Atlanta does not need another church. What Atlanta does need is a safe environment where the un-churched can come and hear the life-changing truth that Jesus Christ cares for them and died for their sin.” So began North Point Community Church. For the first three years of its existence, the congregation of North Point met every other Sunday night in rented facilities. In December 1996, North Point purchased an 83-acre site in the middle of Alpharetta, a small town fifteen miles north of Atlanta. Six months later, construction began on what was to be the first of three building phases. The first phase of construction included a 2,700-seat auditorium, along with a small theater, offices, and education space for preschoolers and children.
On September 27, 1998, the congregation of North Point Community Church moved into its new home. That first Sunday, over 2,000 adults attended two morning worship services. By Christmas, attendance had grown to 3,000. By the end of the first year, North Point was averaging over 4,000 in worship. Plans were started for a second phase of construction. By spring of 2001, the second phase of construction was completed. A second auditorium stood directly behind the original one. With the additional seating, North Point is able to accommodate over 5,000 worshipers at one time. The mission of North Point Community Church is “…to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We accomplish our mission by creating environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders.”