Please check out these Frequently Asked Questions about Decatur City Church.
When are your services?
Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Waumba Land (preschool) and UpStreet (K–5th grades) are offered at both hours. Transit (middle school) is available at 9:15 a.m. and InsideOut (high school) is available at 11:00 a.m.
Who is the pastor of Decatur City Church?
Andy Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, which has six churches in the Atlanta area: Browns Bridge Church, Buckhead Church, Decatur City Church, Gwinnett Church, North Point Community Church, and Woodstock City Church. Tensley Almand is the lead pastor and leads the staff of Decatur City Church in its day-to-day operations and in discerning the ministry needs of those who attend Decatur City and those who live in the community.
Why doesn't Decatur 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. In a small group, people study God’s Word together and are in a small enough environment to discuss the issues and challenges of life. It’s also where they pray and care for one another and where they 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 the places where people are personally encouraged and challenged in their relationships with God and each other.
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 to bring relevant messages to our congregation. As long as the video technique is meaningful and 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 the summer of 2001, and so far have found them to be quite effective. From time to time, Andy and other communicators will speak live from Decatur City Church.
I heard that Decatur City Church is a nondenominational church. What does nondenominational mean?
It means that 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.