FEE at Access Church

You absolutely don’t want to miss this Sunday, November 4!

Andy is going to wrap up the provocative “Verdict” series, and we’ll worship with Steve Fee.

I first met Steve almost seven years ago, before I’d even heard of North Point. I was a pastor to high school students at the time, and we invited Steve and his band (“Exit 10”) to come and lead worship for a winter retreat in upstate New York. We had a great time that weekend, and he immediately became one of my favorite guys with whom to worship. Oh, and he’s a good sport on the slopes, too—even when one of our high school students plowed into him and gave him a concussion!

Fast-forward a few gray hairs, and Steve is now one of the most sought-after worship leaders in the world. He continues to write incredible stuff, and leads with incredible passion and intensity.

Don’t believe me?

Here’s what Andy Stanley says, “We Shine is my favorite worship record and Steve Fee is the most energizing worship leader I’ve ever experienced.… Read the rest

Posted October 30, 2007


Our strategy at Access Church necessitates that we have foyer, living room, and kitchen environments for every age level. We have launched some of those environments already, but there’s more to come!

Recently we announced some exciting new environments that we plan to launch in the months to come. These environments are exact replicas of exciting, successful environments already helping connect people to God in 17 other cities across North America. We can’t wait to launch them here in Jacksonville!

Our RoadMap (download the PDF here):

Student Small Groups (Grades 6-12)
November 2007
Small groups are the heart of the student ministry because life change happens best in relationships. In small groups, students build deep friendships with other students and leaders, discuss what it means to have a relationship with Jesus, and have fun together.

GroupLink (Adults)
November 2007
GroupLink is a two-hour event where you will connect with others and form a community group. Community groups are small groups of six married couples or eight individuals of the same gender that meet weekly in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.… Read the rest

Posted October 28, 2007

RoadMap Message Online

Got a few (36) minutes? We’d love for you to listen to this important message on the future of Access Church, delivered October 21 in our morning services.

The message can be found here.

After you’ve listened to the message, please take a short, 2-minute survey and let us know what you think. Click here to take our survey.Read the rest

Posted October 27, 2007

Andy & Sandra Stanley’s Story

For the last few weeks, I have been putting posts and videos up on this blog about GroupLink and Community Groups. On Sundays we’ve played videos, passed out reminder magnets and made anouncements about our upcoming GroupLink event. We even put a GroupLink table in the lobby for people to get more information and to sign up for a group.

Then, this past Sunday, Rich clearly laid out the plan for our church. He explained the idea of the Foyer, Living Room and Kitchen. One of the things he said was, “The foyer isn’t for us. It’s not for the volunteers. It’s not even for you. The foyer is for your friends. For this community. And mostly for God, who deserves their worship.”

Small Groups are for you! They are not an appendage to our ministry; they are our ministry. This is why it is so, so, so important that you get into community. It is our church!

Andy Stanley tells this story…

“In 1993, Sandra and I joined Bill and Terry Willits, along with three other couples, to form a small group.… Read the rest

Posted October 25, 2007

The Access Strategy

So, if our purpose is to make disciples (or as we say, lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ), how do we do that? How do we pull it off?

Well, Jesus seemed to have only one plan for accomplishing this, the local church.

Maybe when you think about a local church you imagine a steeple, pulpit, robes, ritual, and tradition. And maybe Access Church rocks that image a bit. But the Bible teaches the church is any group of Christ-followers who are pursuing intimacy with God and community with each other. Jesus thinks of a group of people that are making a difference in the world around them. Access Church is one of those local churches. We’re not just a campus ministry or people blowing through town. With our whole hearts we have embraced this city and this mission.

So if making disciples is the destination, and we are the local church, then the question becomes, “How do we get there?”

Since this whole thing is about relationships, we find it helpful to talk about our strategy like you would a home.… Read the rest

Posted October 23, 2007

The Importance of Good Navigation

I heard a story recently about a couple that purchased a GPS for a trip across the country to see friends. For nearly 1,000 miles this little unit sat on their dashboard and flawlessly directed them toward their destination. The only problem came when they were literally within sight of their friends’ house. The little GPS insisted they continue 500 feet to their friends house on the left.

But the GPS offered no suggestions on how to cross the creek that lay between them and their friends.

Navigation is every bit as important as destination. This is true in life, too. It’s not enough to know where you want to go in life. You have to know how to get there.

There’s a place in Atlanta where northbound traffic splits into Interstates 75 and 85. One year, returning from spring break, my friend Wendell pulled up in the lane next to me to signal that he needed to stop for gas.… Read the rest

Posted October 20, 2007

Reverse Psychology

We believe that community groups are the place where sustained life change occurs. Community groups are where real life and real issues are discussed. This is why we place such a huge emphasis on the group assimilation process. We recognize the importance of not just getting you into a group, but getting you into the right group. We have put together a very strategic process for doing this and we call it GroupLink. It first starts with a team of people we call Assimilators. These are volunteers who help people feel comfortable and connect into groups during the GroupLink event. Next, we facilitate some basic ice breakers and discussion questions to make mingling and meeting people less intimidating. Then, we provide a list of group leaders in your stage of life for you to choose from. Finally, we give you eight weeks to “test drive” the group. If you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, you’re free to move into another small group at the next GroupLink event.… Read the rest

Posted October 15, 2007

Groups Are There For You!

We believe that community groups are the place where sustained life change occurs. Community groups are where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment where we celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another during the tough and disappointing times. It is a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Join us at our next GroupLink and get plugged in!

November 4th at 4:30pm – UNF Robinson Student Center… Read the rest

Posted October 11, 2007

Ringo & Brenda Robles

A visitor to Access this weekend marveled at our volunteers and asked how we found such individuals.

“God,” is the very serious, not-at-all-trite answer. Ringo and Brenda Robles are just one more example of how God has put together this amazing group of people we call Access Church.

Ringo and Brenda Robles met in the singles’ ministry of First Baptist Atlanta, where Andy Stanley served as the youth pastor and where they first experienced Andy’s teaching. Ringo, with many singles, would sneak in the back to enjoy the upbeat music Andy performed for the high school students as well as Andy’s teaching. Andy led the band by playing the guitar, the piano, and singing. His sermons were engaging, and Ringo could instantly apply Andy’s teaching to his life. Even some of the high school students’ parents stayed to listen to Andy.

Andy and a team of five others started North Point Community Church in 1995. “Andy’s vision was to provide environments to reach to the unchurched using creative ways to make the gospel relevant for real life today,” Ringo said.… Read the rest

Posted October 10, 2007

Not Leadership Summit!

Wow, what a week! Three days in Atlanta for Catalyst, then back in Jacksonville just in time to set up for church on Sunday.

Catalyst ’07 was amazing, and several of us already registered for Catalyst ’08! I strongly encourage anyone who is a Christian leader to attend next year, whether you are leading in a Christian or secular organization. It’s great stuff!

There are lots of reviews in the blogosphere, and the Catalyst web site has a blow-by-blow of every session, but I’ll go ahead and throw in my $.02.

First of all, this is not your ordinary management/leadership conference! I have attached a crude video from my cell phone to illustrate the point. The mood of Catalyst is fun, crazy, incredibly worshipful, and challenging. It’s a great place to learn as well as connect with other leaders. Andy Stanley, many of the North Point team, and other partners were there and it was good to reconnect.

Stephanie asked me what the “NO WAY!” moment of the conference was.… Read the rest

Posted October 8, 2007

8 -Week Challenge Begins November 4th

GroupLink is a two-hour event where you will connect with others and form a community group. Community groups are small groups of six married couples or eight individuals of the same gender that meet weekly in someone’s home for fellowship, Bible study and prayer. If you would like to take the next step toward joining a community group, please stop by the GroupLink table after the service Sunday.

At GroupLink you will connect with others, form a community group and begin the “8-Week Challenge.” The purpose of this 8-week starter period is very simple. We want you to get to know the others in your group. If you are going to be with this group for the next 12 months, we feel that it’s vital for you to begin to build real friendships with each other. So, for the first 8 weeks of each small group, we want you to relax and just enjoy getting to know each other. Give this group of people a real chance, and you just might develop some friendships that will last a lifetime.… Read the rest

Posted October 6, 2007

Catalyst ’07

Posts might be a little light this week, as the Access gang is heading to Catalyst for a couple of days.

If you aren’t familiar with Catalyst, you’re missing out. It began seven years ago as a leadership conference that Andy Stanley and John Maxwell wanted to provide at North Point for young leaders. Stir in such trouble-makers as Reggie Joiner and Lanny Donoho, and you can see how it got out of control. Eleven-thousand attendees later…


Look at this speaker lineup!

  • Andy Stanley
  • John Maxwell
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Erwin McManus
  • Patrick Lencioni
  • Reggie Joiner
  • Rick Warren
  • Francis Chan
  • Jeff Henderson
  • Reggie McNeal

If you can’t be there, I suppose the next best thing might be the Catalyst Podcast. Expect the eight of us to come back Saturday full of deep thoughts and ready to worship on Sunday with Andy, Michael Johnston, and all of you!

Free MP3s here!… Read the rest

Posted October 3, 2007

Mission, Part 3

Lately I’ve been writing here about the three vital relationships we believe are essential for a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Besides intimacy with God, and community with insiders, we really believe our purpose in this world is to wield influence with outsiders. We aren’t called to be separate from the world, but to relate to everyone around us with such grace and love that they want to know and worship the same God we do.

It’s a pretty tricky thing when you really believe that you have an amazing and true message to share with someone you love, and you want to respect their right and ability to decide for themselves.

There are a couple of things we need to keep in mind as we seek to influence those around us. First, life change happens best in the context of relationship, and we are relational beings. You are trying to make an introduction, not win an argument. Second, actions speak louder than words.… Read the rest

Posted October 1, 2007