Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Hamilton Mill Church.

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 inspire people to follow Jesus, 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.

North Point Ministries has 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, we will have live speakers for holidays, to address local Hamilton Mill Church topics, and to take advantage of opportunities to invite live speakers.

Since you use video sermons of Andy Stanley from North Point, who is the pastor of Hamilton Mill Church?

Hamilton Mill Church (HMC) is one of the churches that make up North Point Ministries (NPM). Andy Stanley is the founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, which has eight churches in the Atlanta area: Browns Bridge Church, Buckhead Church, Decatur City Church, East Cobb Church, Gwinnett Church, Hamilton Mill Church, North Point Community Church, and Woodstock City Church. Therefore, the senior pastor of Hamilton Mill Church is Andy Stanley. Rahul Agarwal is the lead pastor and leads the staff of Hamilton Mill Church in its day-to-day operations and in discerning the ministry needs of those who attend Hamilton Mill Church and those who live in the community. 

Who makes up the local staff?

Hamilton Mill Church currently has 16 employees that work in our Family Ministry, Service Programming, and Adult Ministries Departments.

You can reach us by email.

How often will Andy Stanley visit and preach?

We cannot commit to how often Andy will speak live at Hamilton Mill Church. All of our locations are a high priority for Andy and for North Point Ministries. He will, from time to time, speak in person at our Hamilton Mill Church campus as his schedule permits.

I heard that Hamilton Mill 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 people who don’t. We have discovered that there are more disadvantages to a denominational title than there are advantages. 

Does Hamilton Mill Church have adult Sunday school?

Instead of providing adult Sunday school classes on Sunday mornings in the church building, we provide small group environments 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 relationship with God and each other.

How do I get into a small group at Hamilton Mill Church?

A great way of getting into a group is to participate in our next Group Launch. Visit our groups page to find out more about community groups. You may also contact our groups team if you have any other questions.

Can my child be enrolled in a Hamilton Mill group and a group at another church?

For now, yes, children can be enrolled at two separate locations within North Point Ministries. When our Family Ministry environments change this, we will let you know.

What are the service times at Hamilton Mill Church?

Hamilton Mill Church hosts services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. on Sundays. 

Our Sunday services are also streamed starting at 9:15 a.m. on our Watch Live page or on the Hamilton Mill Church app.

Family Ministry content for kids is also available.

How do I stay connected to the Hamilton Mill Church community?

We would love for you to follow us on Instagram. You can also like us on Facebook.

Do you provide a sign language interpreter for hearing impaired guests?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a sign language interpreter for our hearing impaired guests at this time.

Does Hamilton Mill Church have membership?

The moment you walk through the doors, you belong here and can consider this your church home. 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 and mission of the church. There are four ways to reach full engagement: through serving on a ministry team, connecting in a group, financially supporting the church, and inviting people to church. Those who are fully engaged with us are considered our members and everyone from every walk of life is welcome to be a part.

If you're applying for a leadership position (including a leader, coach, mentor, or captain role), please contact us or take a look at the additional questions below.

How do I become a member of the church?

We’re glad you’re interested in engaging in the life of our church. We don’t have traditional membership in the sense that you “join the church,” but we’d love to help you get connected. Our hope is for Hamilton Mill Church to be a place where you can walk through the doors, call it your church home, and begin to get connected. Those who are fully engaged with us are considered our members. We describe full engagement as:

How do I become fully engaged here?

We want to be a church where unchurched people love to attend and engage. In order to be that kind of church, we need the help of those who share our passion for creating environments where the unchurched can be inspired to follow Jesus. You can engage in the life of the church by doing four things:

Why don't you have traditional membership?

Traditionally, membership has been known to represent joining a church, calling it your church home, and/or taking the first step toward involvement and volunteering. Yet the word “membership” has also carried a lot of baggage and has become an unnecessary barrier to involvement for some of our attendees.

Since Hamilton Mill began, we have historically viewed membership as more of a dynamic partnership than a static decision, and so full engagement is a key prerequisite to becoming a member.

What about leadership?

At a leadership level, it’s important that we’re all aligned around our vision, mission, and statement of faith. Because we don’t have traditional membership, we ask that anyone interested in entering into leadership meet specific prerequisites. 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 or become involved. Once you’re ready, start 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 leadership applications will require that an applicant:

  • Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Has been baptized after accepting Jesus as their Savior.
  • Has a willingness to be held accountable to their church leadership and ministry agreement 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 if I need a membership confirmation letter for a reference?

We are able to provide a confirmation letter based on your involvement. Please contact us for more details.

What about voting?

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