Northridge Church

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Services: Plymouth Campus: Saturday, 5:00p & 7:00p Sunday, 9:00a, 11:00a Brighton-Howell Campus: Sunday, 11:00a Ann Arbor-Saline Campus: Sunday, 11:00a

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NorthRidge is definitely not a perfect Church.... But isn't that a good thing? If it were a perfect Church, you or myself would screw it up just by walking through the door! Of course it is flawed, but the pro's definitely out-weigh the con's.

I am not understanding the comments I have seen that have described NRC as a cult... If your reasoning for labeling this Church as a "cult" is because the Pastor uses an iPad instead of an actual Bible or because they have a cafe to enjoy coffee at, you're ridiculous.

The Pastor's sermons are definitely more aimed toward "seekers", but NRC gives a large amount of opportunities to grow deeper in your faith.

Bottom line: If you really involve yourself here, you're going to have a phenomenal experience and grow to love Jesus in a unique setting.

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★★★★☆

NorthRidge is definitely not a perfect Church.... But isn't that a good thing? If it were a perfect Church, you or myself would screw it up just by walking through the door! Of course it is flawed, but the pro's definitely out-weigh the con's.

I am not understanding the comments I have seen that have described NRC as a cult... If your reasoning for labeling this Church as a "cult" is because the Pastor uses an iPad instead of an actual Bible or because they have a cafe to enjoy coffee at, you're ridiculous.

The Pastor's sermons are definitely more aimed toward "seekers", but NRC gives a large amount of opportunities to grow deeper in your faith.

Bottom line: If you really involve yourself here, you're going to have a phenomenal experience and grow to love Jesus in a unique setting.

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I attended, accepted Christ, and was baptised at Temple Baptist, leaving due to feeling like an outsider. I started attending Northridge and became a member five years ago. Brad's teachings are biblically sound. Through his leadership individuals are led to Christ and everyone is accepted where they are in their walk with Christ. Northridge is a different kind of church helping the community, unbelievers, believers, and loving others by their actions. Unfortunately, there are not many churches in the Detroit Metropolitan area that show their love even to non-believers.
Northridge is not perfect, nor are the members, attenders, and volunteers. We will never be perfect until we are with Christ.
We are all in trouble thinking any church, pastor, or individual is perfect; that is a cult.

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★★★★★

I attended, accepted Christ, and was baptised at Temple Baptist, leaving due to feeling like an outsider. I started attending Northridge and became a member five years ago. Brad's teachings are biblically sound. Through his leadership individuals are led to Christ and everyone is accepted where they are in their walk with Christ. Northridge is a different kind of church helping the community, unbelievers, believers, and loving others by their actions. Unfortunately, there are not many churches in the Detroit Metropolitan area that show their love even to non-believers.
Northridge is not perfect, nor are the members, attenders, and volunteers. We will never be perfect until we are with Christ.
We are all in trouble thinking any church, pastor, or individual is perfect; that is a cult.

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A cult, plain and simple. The weak minded, text, mass media addicts will feel right at home, with the coffee shops, bar like, atmosphere, and, prominently on both sides of the "stage", i pad, and, i phone logos, with twitter, and, the rest. It is a business, with directors that make huge salaries, performance bonuses, and, compensation packages. Wake up people!!! This is "GOD" - prepackaged, convenient, with all the elements of Brave New World, Logan's Run, and, your sponsors. I left, quickly, hoping that the obvious brainwashing techniques, would be apparent to more than just us.

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A cult, plain and simple. The weak minded, text, mass media addicts will feel right at home, with the coffee shops, bar like, atmosphere, and, prominently on both sides of the "stage", i pad, and, i phone logos, with twitter, and, the rest. It is a business, with directors that make huge salaries, performance bonuses, and, compensation packages. Wake up people!!! This is "GOD" - prepackaged, convenient, with all the elements of Brave New World, Logan's Run, and, your sponsors. I left, quickly, hoping that the obvious brainwashing techniques, would be apparent to more than just us.

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I have been a Christian over 40 years, raised as a Southern Baptist in the South. I have served on a deacon board before and I have a fairly good knowledge of the Bible. I have attended a small number of churches over the years, mostly with traditional services. I have attended NorthRidge Church for over 6 years now. With that said, here is my feedback on NorthRidge Church (http://www.northridgechurch.com/).

I have never heard anything from Brad Powell, the senior pastor, or any other speaker at the church that was not biblical or violated any of the Bible??s teachings. I view this to be one of the most important litmus tests of a Christian church. Also I differ from some other reviews posted here and that I have heard Brad to speak the truth about sometimes controversial subjects that is not Politically Correct. Such as abortion, money, pre-marital sex, and others. So I would give Northridge Church and Brad an excellent rating as being fully biblically based and not avoiding controversial subjects.

As far as their methods, they are very creative. There is no question they have a very high priority on trying to get non-believers there, as well as they should. And it works! Thousands join every year and hundreds are baptized every year. Remember you are known by the fruit you bear. Heaven has more attendees because of NorthRidge Church. I must admit I was startled by some of their methods to reach people because having grown up as a traditional Baptist, I was not used to it. But I also know that the Bible does not say what color of carpet you should have, what kind of music you should play and even if you should display a cross on your church. Most of the methods and appearances of the church in the USA today are man-made. Remember the Apostle Paul said he would speak and dress however he would need to in reaching people. I know plenty of people whom accepted Jesus as a result of NorthRidge Church??s methods. I also know plenty of people whom have matured greatly as a Christian because of their attendance at Northridge Church.

My personal growth as a Christian is mostly left up to me. I have attended small groups at NorthRidge Church and have grown in my relationship with Christ and developed great friendships. Like any organization the challenge is to get all leaders to be good leaders unfortunately it does not always happens. So far, all the small group leaders have been very good in leading the small groups that I have attended. I suspect that some groups may not have good leaders but it is from not trying by the church staff in making it happen.

I have met Brad in the hallways a few times over the years. He remembers my name and shows genuine concern about me. I??ve never been popular or run a large organization but I suspect many are trying to get to him and being a busy pastor of a +15,000 member church he can??t possibly be very accessible. My faith and my attendance at NorthRidge Church is not based on Brad??s accessibility.

Bottom line?thousands attend weekly, hundreds are baptized annually, the Bible??s truths are taught, the members are challenged to be obedient Christ followers and lives are changed. Rate NorthRidge on its fruits, you can??t argue over that.

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★★★★☆

I have been a Christian over 40 years, raised as a Southern Baptist in the South. I have served on a deacon board before and I have a fairly good knowledge of the Bible. I have attended a small number of churches over the years, mostly with traditional services. I have attended NorthRidge Church for over 6 years now. With that said, here is my feedback on NorthRidge Church (http://www.northridgechurch.com/).

I have never heard anything from Brad Powell, the senior pastor, or any other speaker at the church that was not biblical or violated any of the Bible??s teachings. I view this to be one of the most important litmus tests of a Christian church. Also I differ from some other reviews posted here and that I have heard Brad to speak the truth about sometimes controversial subjects that is not Politically Correct. Such as abortion, money, pre-marital sex, and others. So I would give Northridge Church and Brad an excellent rating as being fully biblically based and not avoiding controversial subjects.

As far as their methods, they are very creative. There is no question they have a very high priority on trying to get non-believers there, as well as they should. And it works! Thousands join every year and hundreds are baptized every year. Remember you are known by the fruit you bear. Heaven has more attendees because of NorthRidge Church. I must admit I was startled by some of their methods to reach people because having grown up as a traditional Baptist, I was not used to it. But I also know that the Bible does not say what color of carpet you should have, what kind of music you should play and even if you should display a cross on your church. Most of the methods and appearances of the church in the USA today are man-made. Remember the Apostle Paul said he would speak and dress however he would need to in reaching people. I know plenty of people whom accepted Jesus as a result of NorthRidge Church??s methods. I also know plenty of people whom have matured greatly as a Christian because of their attendance at Northridge Church.

My personal growth as a Christian is mostly left up to me. I have attended small groups at NorthRidge Church and have grown in my relationship with Christ and developed great friendships. Like any organization the challenge is to get all leaders to be good leaders unfortunately it does not always happens. So far, all the small group leaders have been very good in leading the small groups that I have attended. I suspect that some groups may not have good leaders but it is from not trying by the church staff in making it happen.

I have met Brad in the hallways a few times over the years. He remembers my name and shows genuine concern about me. I??ve never been popular or run a large organization but I suspect many are trying to get to him and being a busy pastor of a +15,000 member church he can??t possibly be very accessible. My faith and my attendance at NorthRidge Church is not based on Brad??s accessibility.

Bottom line?thousands attend weekly, hundreds are baptized annually, the Bible??s truths are taught, the members are challenged to be obedient Christ followers and lives are changed. Rate NorthRidge on its fruits, you can??t argue over that.

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Sorry - Too much Jim Jones, not enough Geo Washington here. Put a Kufi on the pastor and you might as well be in a mosque. Substitute "sacrifice" for "obedience" and it the message is indistinguishable from moslem theology.

This is feel-good pap for the guilt-ridden masses. While you are smelling the roses, the rest of us will be over here, going through your things.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sorry - Too much Jim Jones, not enough Geo Washington here. Put a Kufi on the pastor and you might as well be in a mosque. Substitute "sacrifice" for "obedience" and it the message is indistinguishable from moslem theology.

This is feel-good pap for the guilt-ridden masses. While you are smelling the roses, the rest of us will be over here, going through your things.

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This place has modern ways of preaching and groups for people who want to Bible study. They have an AWESOME premarital seminar held ever 6 months and Dave Ramsey classes it is the best place to attend to be a better you it's up to you how far you want to better yourself.

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★★★★★

This place has modern ways of preaching and groups for people who want to Bible study. They have an AWESOME premarital seminar held ever 6 months and Dave Ramsey classes it is the best place to attend to be a better you it's up to you how far you want to better yourself.

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I came from a Catholic, and then Baptist background. Each church I've attended have had its own positives and negatives.
I first attended Northridge Church as a skeptic and thought their message would be entirely too PC and in line with many televangelists; I was blown away by the message, and the people. We began attending when my son was just a few months old, and the support she received from Northridge members far surpassed anything we had gotten from the traditional churches, who only provided support at the times churches are "supposed to" (pregnancies, births, deaths, and at church functions).
One negative is that because it's a larger church, it tends to attract a few crazies, and some who are mostly there for the excellent entertainment. On the positive, though, is the exposure you get from so many different backgrounds. I haven't been part of any church so far that actually spoke about being accepting of anyone who walks through their doors AND could prove it with those that attended.
While attending I have had heard somewhat-PC sermons, and I've heard sermons that made me feel like the worst Christian in the world and that greatly challenged me.
Northridge discloses all of their contributions to the congregation so they know what's happening with their money, and they highlight their acheivements and how members contributed. They do more for the community and for people around the world than any other church I've been in or read about.

http://www.outreachmagazine.com/news-and-stories/churches/4040-NorthRidge-Church-Aims-Provide-Million-Meals.html

One great thing that Northridge offers that I like is their "Discover Northridge" event, where Pastor Powell invites people new to Northridge to hear from him Northridge's vision, purpose, and answers to questions they might have about the church. They even have free dinner!

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★★★★☆

I came from a Catholic, and then Baptist background. Each church I've attended have had its own positives and negatives.
I first attended Northridge Church as a skeptic and thought their message would be entirely too PC and in line with many televangelists; I was blown away by the message, and the people. We began attending when my son was just a few months old, and the support she received from Northridge members far surpassed anything we had gotten from the traditional churches, who only provided support at the times churches are "supposed to" (pregnancies, births, deaths, and at church functions).
One negative is that because it's a larger church, it tends to attract a few crazies, and some who are mostly there for the excellent entertainment. On the positive, though, is the exposure you get from so many different backgrounds. I haven't been part of any church so far that actually spoke about being accepting of anyone who walks through their doors AND could prove it with those that attended.
While attending I have had heard somewhat-PC sermons, and I've heard sermons that made me feel like the worst Christian in the world and that greatly challenged me.
Northridge discloses all of their contributions to the congregation so they know what's happening with their money, and they highlight their acheivements and how members contributed. They do more for the community and for people around the world than any other church I've been in or read about.

http://www.outreachmagazine.com/news-and-stories/churches/4040-NorthRidge-Church-Aims-Provide-Million-Meals.html

One great thing that Northridge offers that I like is their "Discover Northridge" event, where Pastor Powell invites people new to Northridge to hear from him Northridge's vision, purpose, and answers to questions they might have about the church. They even have free dinner!

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Hello there,

Well---I attended Northridge Church---going back to the Temple Baptist Days. Over the decades the church has seen many changes.
The only thing I can remember for years and years; I said quietly to myself while going to Temple Baptist Church (which I always felt like an outsider)...
I wish this place was more approachable, I wish this place was more kind to new people, I wish they'd let me fit in...
It was like a crazy mantra.
Again, years later, I remember going to a dinner (after the transition to Northridge)...at this dinner one of the great old patriarchs and several Temple Baptist oldies.
A biblical question was thrown out on the table.
Now mind you, I have not put the Bible to memory...nor can I say I'm a great Bible studier.
But I answered the question correctly and the "Great Patriarch" said that was right. (I had to go home and look it up to be sure).
One of the old Temple Baptisters said go figure..."from an outsider."
I looked at him and he sort of stumbled over his comment.
I,at that time, had gone to the church for well over ten years.

You would know who that Great Patriarch was if I mentioned his name---can't really say that he like me much...no matter what, in that generation...I will always be an outsider.

Northridge Church has made great strides since the old Temple Baptist days to be a church of outreach to the community and the world.
For that I am so happy that the church went forward.
Now that I have moved away and experienced other churches, I can say without a doubt that Northridge will always be my church home.
Sincerely---the Outsider.

5
★★★★★

Hello there,

Well---I attended Northridge Church---going back to the Temple Baptist Days. Over the decades the church has seen many changes.
The only thing I can remember for years and years; I said quietly to myself while going to Temple Baptist Church (which I always felt like an outsider)...
I wish this place was more approachable, I wish this place was more kind to new people, I wish they'd let me fit in...
It was like a crazy mantra.
Again, years later, I remember going to a dinner (after the transition to Northridge)...at this dinner one of the great old patriarchs and several Temple Baptist oldies.
A biblical question was thrown out on the table.
Now mind you, I have not put the Bible to memory...nor can I say I'm a great Bible studier.
But I answered the question correctly and the "Great Patriarch" said that was right. (I had to go home and look it up to be sure).
One of the old Temple Baptisters said go figure..."from an outsider."
I looked at him and he sort of stumbled over his comment.
I,at that time, had gone to the church for well over ten years.

You would know who that Great Patriarch was if I mentioned his name---can't really say that he like me much...no matter what, in that generation...I will always be an outsider.

Northridge Church has made great strides since the old Temple Baptist days to be a church of outreach to the community and the world.
For that I am so happy that the church went forward.
Now that I have moved away and experienced other churches, I can say without a doubt that Northridge will always be my church home.
Sincerely---the Outsider.

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I used to go to NorthRidge when it was known as Temple Baptist. Back in the 1980's, it was still a fairly strong church. The preaching from the Bible was still solid and my family felt like we were really being challenged. The Sunday School classes were very challenging...and we felt like there was a sincere desire to follow Christ there.

Wow...things have changed! When Brad Powell took over as head pastor, he decided to move the church in a much more "seeker friendly" direction. Why do I say this? Because their weekend services are now targeted mostly to a non-Christian audience. The music in the auditorium is so loud that you can hardly hear anything else. It has become so much like a rock concert that it is unbelievable. The fancy lighting effects make the service feel more like a performance than a worship service where people can truly worship God. Also, their Glory of Christmas concerts have become much more worldly than ever before...to the point where it doesn't seem much like a Christmas concert.

Also, the depth of understanding of the Bible at NorthRidge is very shallow. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, the people there are being fed "milk", but not the deep meat of God's Word most of the time. Although some people have come to know Christ as a result of attending NorthRidge, the church has stepped way over the line in order to "reach people" for Christ. Also, a false Gospel is being proclaimed at the church, as some people are being led to believe that, because they prayed a prayer at one time in their life, they are going to heaven. I also feel that some parts of Scripture are being neglected - like the holiness of God, the severity of sin, and portraying the doctrine of hell as it really is.

For these reasons, I decided to stop attending NorthRidge Church. Many of the other strong Christians that attended Temple Baptist decided to leave the church for similar reasons. Some people have left the church after coming to Pastor Powell and expressing their concerns that the church has become "just like the world" - only to hear comments like "Shut up." I have heard many stories from other Christians in the Detroit area that have told me similar stories....so I am not alone in saying this.

How sad!

Since then, I have started to attend Berean Baptist in Livonia, which is a much stronger church.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to go to NorthRidge when it was known as Temple Baptist. Back in the 1980's, it was still a fairly strong church. The preaching from the Bible was still solid and my family felt like we were really being challenged. The Sunday School classes were very challenging...and we felt like there was a sincere desire to follow Christ there.

Wow...things have changed! When Brad Powell took over as head pastor, he decided to move the church in a much more "seeker friendly" direction. Why do I say this? Because their weekend services are now targeted mostly to a non-Christian audience. The music in the auditorium is so loud that you can hardly hear anything else. It has become so much like a rock concert that it is unbelievable. The fancy lighting effects make the service feel more like a performance than a worship service where people can truly worship God. Also, their Glory of Christmas concerts have become much more worldly than ever before...to the point where it doesn't seem much like a Christmas concert.

Also, the depth of understanding of the Bible at NorthRidge is very shallow. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, the people there are being fed "milk", but not the deep meat of God's Word most of the time. Although some people have come to know Christ as a result of attending NorthRidge, the church has stepped way over the line in order to "reach people" for Christ. Also, a false Gospel is being proclaimed at the church, as some people are being led to believe that, because they prayed a prayer at one time in their life, they are going to heaven. I also feel that some parts of Scripture are being neglected - like the holiness of God, the severity of sin, and portraying the doctrine of hell as it really is.

For these reasons, I decided to stop attending NorthRidge Church. Many of the other strong Christians that attended Temple Baptist decided to leave the church for similar reasons. Some people have left the church after coming to Pastor Powell and expressing their concerns that the church has become "just like the world" - only to hear comments like "Shut up." I have heard many stories from other Christians in the Detroit area that have told me similar stories....so I am not alone in saying this.

How sad!

Since then, I have started to attend Berean Baptist in Livonia, which is a much stronger church.

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Well, most of you are coming from the attender or guest view. However, I used to work, attend, be a member and volunteer at Northridge. I can understand your perceptions of Brad as the "Movie star". And no, he isn't always fully aware of what is going on. For a long time, his right hand man and a few others on the leadership weren't always letting him know the truth of what things were going on. The couple of people I'm referring to are gone now thankfully. Have some of you with negative views voiced your opinions to the church? Or just on an internet website or two? The facilities team was treated like homeless people among the rest of the staff. I would be willing to bet that most of the leadership and a good amount of the other employees, wouldn't remember the name of the person cleaning up after them. Not that it's any different at any other company. But since it's a church, it's supposed to be different. Volunteers aren't always treated well either. But while I have negative thoughts about this church.

I also have positives. I love the way they do worship. They do have a lot of great people there. Some of the greatest people I've ever met. But, of my positive and negative views I have expressed and voiced both to the church itself before I left. People who know me know exactly how I think of the way it's ran. I will never advise people to NOT go to any church. That's not my goal. Even if you can get a taste of God, I say go for it, no matter the venue. As far as Northridge, I say go see for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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★★★☆☆

Well, most of you are coming from the attender or guest view. However, I used to work, attend, be a member and volunteer at Northridge. I can understand your perceptions of Brad as the "Movie star". And no, he isn't always fully aware of what is going on. For a long time, his right hand man and a few others on the leadership weren't always letting him know the truth of what things were going on. The couple of people I'm referring to are gone now thankfully. Have some of you with negative views voiced your opinions to the church? Or just on an internet website or two? The facilities team was treated like homeless people among the rest of the staff. I would be willing to bet that most of the leadership and a good amount of the other employees, wouldn't remember the name of the person cleaning up after them. Not that it's any different at any other company. But since it's a church, it's supposed to be different. Volunteers aren't always treated well either. But while I have negative thoughts about this church.

I also have positives. I love the way they do worship. They do have a lot of great people there. Some of the greatest people I've ever met. But, of my positive and negative views I have expressed and voiced both to the church itself before I left. People who know me know exactly how I think of the way it's ran. I will never advise people to NOT go to any church. That's not my goal. Even if you can get a taste of God, I say go for it, no matter the venue. As far as Northridge, I say go see for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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I have been a Northridge attender for 3.5 years. At first, I was so thrilled to have found this church! The Care Ministry at Northridge is "AAA," and I do still enjoy the services, especially the praise and worship...but I found it necessary to start attending another church (in addition) to fill the spiritual needs that Northridge just doesn't measure up to. For instance, pastor talks about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but then only offers communion services 6 TIMES in a YEAR! Also, the church is very seeker friendly with primarily "seeker" sermons--a message which works great for new salvations and baby Christians, but doesn't provide deeper teaching for those who have been walking with the Lord longer. There are no regular Wednesday night services for committed believers who want to grow and dig a little deeper into God's word. And as someone else has already noted, the small groups are not well directed or focused and are poorly overseen by leadership. I also believe that because the pastor doesn't want to "scare away" seekers, the message is kept too PC. The Bible says we are to preach the entire message, not just the most agreeable parts. Lastly, I think the pastor should make himself available to the congregation after services, even if just to shake hands and say thanks for coming. But pastor Brad runs off the stage and hides as soon as he's done with his talk, kind of like a "movie star." Forget about talking to him without an appointment. I continue to attend Northridge, but I definately wouldn't give it more than 3 stars.

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I have been a Northridge attender for 3.5 years. At first, I was so thrilled to have found this church! The Care Ministry at Northridge is "AAA," and I do still enjoy the services, especially the praise and worship...but I found it necessary to start attending another church (in addition) to fill the spiritual needs that Northridge just doesn't measure up to. For instance, pastor talks about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but then only offers communion services 6 TIMES in a YEAR! Also, the church is very seeker friendly with primarily "seeker" sermons--a message which works great for new salvations and baby Christians, but doesn't provide deeper teaching for those who have been walking with the Lord longer. There are no regular Wednesday night services for committed believers who want to grow and dig a little deeper into God's word. And as someone else has already noted, the small groups are not well directed or focused and are poorly overseen by leadership. I also believe that because the pastor doesn't want to "scare away" seekers, the message is kept too PC. The Bible says we are to preach the entire message, not just the most agreeable parts. Lastly, I think the pastor should make himself available to the congregation after services, even if just to shake hands and say thanks for coming. But pastor Brad runs off the stage and hides as soon as he's done with his talk, kind of like a "movie star." Forget about talking to him without an appointment. I continue to attend Northridge, but I definately wouldn't give it more than 3 stars.

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Great Church Overall! I've tried all kind of churches but this one is Bible based and has alot of energy and ways to get involved. The downside is some of the small groups are not monitored well...it was difficult for me to find one, but there is plenty of opportunity to join and be apart of the church family.

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★★★★★

Great Church Overall! I've tried all kind of churches but this one is Bible based and has alot of energy and ways to get involved. The downside is some of the small groups are not monitored well...it was difficult for me to find one, but there is plenty of opportunity to join and be apart of the church family.

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I am very glad that there is a place like Northridge for people who are down on their luck, or feeling blue and alone, to go to for a "feel good" service or show, whatever you want to call it. It is better to go there instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, or worse. Other than that, I would never recommend this church to anyone.

I cannot handle the remarks that are so casually thrown around by its members such as "Oh, almost everybody I meet at Northridge was a Catholic before their eyes were opened by Brad" making the Catholics in the crowd feel like they were being called blind idiots.

I cannot handle the 'holier than thou' attitude portrayed by its members who think they have to tell me what is right and what is wrong.

I cannot handle the preaching and single mindedness of its members. There is not more to life than God, but a church is not God. I cannot handle Northridge members being fooled into thinking that the church is the God.

I cannot handle the total "marketing scheme" and the money that is spent on it that is going on there. Like the coffee, and the teen center and the nursery. Yes, they are nice, very nice for that matter, too nice. Jesus was born in a manger, he was not too good for humbler means. With the money they spend on these things and the circus of an annual "sell out" Christmas Program (really, do you think fireworks are appropriate worshiping tools??) they could be feeding the poor in the Wayne county area and bringing the Word of God to them. I find it all over the top.

Brad couldn't make it as a Southern Baptist minister, but he is a brilliant business man. He saw how the mega-churches in the south were just rolling in the dough, so he tried it in a northern state that has been in the dumps for a long time and it worked.

I am afraid that the culture of Northridge compares to a cult. The members that are involved and welcomed into the fold, spend all their free time with small groups, or special meetings, or special services, or volunteer time -- I have seen it first hand, they lose contact with the "World Outside of Northridge". I don't think he has kool-aid or anything like that, but red flags popped up everywhere on my experiences and visits to the church with a member of the fold.

Brad's marketing style using the Grace of God, and the Life of Jesus, along with flashyand over the top niceties as his draw and his Target Customer the sad, lonely and forlorn is working. Brilliant high paying careers for him and his wife, and better than booze and drugs for the sad and forlorn.

Satisfactory as a business and social venue.

Unsatisfactory as a church.

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I am very glad that there is a place like Northridge for people who are down on their luck, or feeling blue and alone, to go to for a "feel good" service or show, whatever you want to call it. It is better to go there instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, or worse. Other than that, I would never recommend this church to anyone.

I cannot handle the remarks that are so casually thrown around by its members such as "Oh, almost everybody I meet at Northridge was a Catholic before their eyes were opened by Brad" making the Catholics in the crowd feel like they were being called blind idiots.

I cannot handle the 'holier than thou' attitude portrayed by its members who think they have to tell me what is right and what is wrong.

I cannot handle the preaching and single mindedness of its members. There is not more to life than God, but a church is not God. I cannot handle Northridge members being fooled into thinking that the church is the God.

I cannot handle the total "marketing scheme" and the money that is spent on it that is going on there. Like the coffee, and the teen center and the nursery. Yes, they are nice, very nice for that matter, too nice. Jesus was born in a manger, he was not too good for humbler means. With the money they spend on these things and the circus of an annual "sell out" Christmas Program (really, do you think fireworks are appropriate worshiping tools??) they could be feeding the poor in the Wayne county area and bringing the Word of God to them. I find it all over the top.

Brad couldn't make it as a Southern Baptist minister, but he is a brilliant business man. He saw how the mega-churches in the south were just rolling in the dough, so he tried it in a northern state that has been in the dumps for a long time and it worked.

I am afraid that the culture of Northridge compares to a cult. The members that are involved and welcomed into the fold, spend all their free time with small groups, or special meetings, or special services, or volunteer time -- I have seen it first hand, they lose contact with the "World Outside of Northridge". I don't think he has kool-aid or anything like that, but red flags popped up everywhere on my experiences and visits to the church with a member of the fold.

Brad's marketing style using the Grace of God, and the Life of Jesus, along with flashyand over the top niceties as his draw and his Target Customer the sad, lonely and forlorn is working. Brilliant high paying careers for him and his wife, and better than booze and drugs for the sad and forlorn.

Satisfactory as a business and social venue.

Unsatisfactory as a church.

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Northridge Church is really a Great Church. The Pastor talks are very revelant. He has series that he elaborates on a topic for 4-6 weeks, and not just one Sunday. I like coffee shop, because I can have my coffee and listen to Gods word too.
The music and the singers are a venue that is beyond compair What a concept.. Plus you are not in church all day !!!!

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★★★★★

Northridge Church is really a Great Church. The Pastor talks are very revelant. He has series that he elaborates on a topic for 4-6 weeks, and not just one Sunday. I like coffee shop, because I can have my coffee and listen to Gods word too.
The music and the singers are a venue that is beyond compair What a concept.. Plus you are not in church all day !!!!

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Thank you for sharing your culinary talent with the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit. Dinner was delicious and well appreciated. I particularly enjoyed the fellowship. My son is in the Children's Hospital of Detroit and the Northridge Church Family provided a great meal and delicious desserts.

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Thank you for sharing your culinary talent with the residents at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit. Dinner was delicious and well appreciated. I particularly enjoyed the fellowship. My son is in the Children's Hospital of Detroit and the Northridge Church Family provided a great meal and delicious desserts.

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Wow, if you feel out of place at Northridge, I'm sorry! I've experienced nothing but love and openness there (and no I don't have any money either). I've been going for years. It has opened my eyes to having a living/personal relationship with Jesus. Coming from a religious background I was discouraged for so long from growing in Jesus Christ. All religion ever did for me, was pile the guilt on my shoulders, I was never to be good enough and I was taught to believe I could only hear the Word through other "righteous" people (and I wasn't one of those people). THAT IS ALL LIES! Northridge has removed all those religious misconceptions I use to carry; I can hear the Word myself. It's there for everyone!!! Pick up the Bible and dig in, it's all so relative still thousands of years later. Senior Pastor Brad Powell speaks Biblical truth and applies it to the 21st century. It was during a service I, for the first time ever, recognized the Holy Spirit in me. I encourage anyone looking for a home church to give Northridge a try and join a small group once you feel comfortable. Northridge allowed me to be Saved!!! Thank You Jesus!

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Wow, if you feel out of place at Northridge, I'm sorry! I've experienced nothing but love and openness there (and no I don't have any money either). I've been going for years. It has opened my eyes to having a living/personal relationship with Jesus. Coming from a religious background I was discouraged for so long from growing in Jesus Christ. All religion ever did for me, was pile the guilt on my shoulders, I was never to be good enough and I was taught to believe I could only hear the Word through other "righteous" people (and I wasn't one of those people). THAT IS ALL LIES! Northridge has removed all those religious misconceptions I use to carry; I can hear the Word myself. It's there for everyone!!! Pick up the Bible and dig in, it's all so relative still thousands of years later. Senior Pastor Brad Powell speaks Biblical truth and applies it to the 21st century. It was during a service I, for the first time ever, recognized the Holy Spirit in me. I encourage anyone looking for a home church to give Northridge a try and join a small group once you feel comfortable. Northridge allowed me to be Saved!!! Thank You Jesus!

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At Northridge my experience has been that the message is relevant, honest, and biblically based. The activities offered to my children keep them wanting to return, and that's a miracle! I was told once that 'it's about the message', and pastor Brad along with the other pastors keep it real. I think you get out of it what you want to get out of it, just like everything in life. :). God bless!

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At Northridge my experience has been that the message is relevant, honest, and biblically based. The activities offered to my children keep them wanting to return, and that's a miracle! I was told once that 'it's about the message', and pastor Brad along with the other pastors keep it real. I think you get out of it what you want to get out of it, just like everything in life. :). God bless!

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The "church" is made up of the people of God, so, of course, any church will have its' short comings. We may struggle to die to our sinful nature everyday, yet we are still imperfect people. But, praise God, I know Him & He knows me and... -still- loves me.
This church & it's people are truly the hands and feet of God & people can definitely find a place to serve Him within it's organization. We just need to get over ourselves & focus on Christ & His heart/desires.
I encourage anyone to check out Northridge & the opportunities to grow & mature in Christ there. (And no, you don't have to be someone "of means", God knows I'm not.)

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The "church" is made up of the people of God, so, of course, any church will have its' short comings. We may struggle to die to our sinful nature everyday, yet we are still imperfect people. But, praise God, I know Him & He knows me and... -still- loves me.
This church & it's people are truly the hands and feet of God & people can definitely find a place to serve Him within it's organization. We just need to get over ourselves & focus on Christ & His heart/desires.
I encourage anyone to check out Northridge & the opportunities to grow & mature in Christ there. (And no, you don't have to be someone "of means", God knows I'm not.)

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From the lectures, I've heard, it has been told by members that only Jesus is capable of loving unconditionally. With that in mind how as human beings do we strive to do better any facet of our lives? Lets just throw our hands up in the air and say we can never do better than Jesus, Shall we? No! We know he is the only son of God, and if management in the organization, who believe they're holier than thou,teaching members to take accountablity for their actions is a turn-off.

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From the lectures, I've heard, it has been told by members that only Jesus is capable of loving unconditionally. With that in mind how as human beings do we strive to do better any facet of our lives? Lets just throw our hands up in the air and say we can never do better than Jesus, Shall we? No! We know he is the only son of God, and if management in the organization, who believe they're holier than thou,teaching members to take accountablity for their actions is a turn-off.

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I agree with the first reviewer. In addition if you have enough money you are included in the exclusive club. If not, you better be happy with just quietly attending services because they will have no need for you.

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I agree with the first reviewer. In addition if you have enough money you are included in the exclusive club. If not, you better be happy with just quietly attending services because they will have no need for you.

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