North Point and Buckhead Interviews

I've spent the last two days interviewing several staff members from North Point Community Church and Buckhead Church for a new DVD set we will have available at Catalyst in October, based on Andy Stanley's talk on Systems. The interviews will serve as discussion material and bonus footage to give practical insight into how the North Point system operates- all giving greater context to Andy's talk. Yesterday was at Buckhead Church interviewing Carlos Whittaker and Jeff Henderson, and today interviewed Jenny Boyett and Andy. Hearing them each describe the environment, culture, and incredible focus on developing leaders within North Point Ministries was incredibly encouraging and inspiring. One of the things that stood out was the intense system for hiring new staff. Jeff, Carlos, Jenny and Andy all talked about the process of hiring new staff- most new hires have somewhere between 12 and 18 interviews and talk to staff across all departments within the North Point culture. But such a strong focus on hiring means that once someone is on the team, trust is very high and allows them to run with freedom and flexibility. Many times we just hire someone because we have to fill a role, and time becomes the priority instead of absolutely making sure someone is the right fit.