Stanley's books, which often center on self-help and leadership themes, are so popular that even some non-Christians purchase them for tips on leading organizations.
The congregation at First Baptist Church Atlanta is transfixed as they watch a video presentation of Charles Stanley's life.
The church, pictured here, is now one of the largest Baptist churches in the nation, with an estimated 15,000 members.
Each child carried one book representing the 45 books written by Stanley during his career.
His secretary scurried out of the office when she saw Andy coming. The minister stared in silence as Andy gave him the news. After Andy finished, the pastor looked at him as tears welled up.
The pastor had baptized Andy when he was 6, and groomed him to be his successor. "Andy," he said, "you have joined my enemies, and I'm your father." 'I understand drive-by shootings' He won't wear a suit or a tie in the pulpit.
The only public hints of her reasons came in a letter to the congregation last year in which she said, "Long ago .
Andy Stanley confers with his father, Charles, at First Baptist Church Atlanta, while Andy's son, Garrett, and his nephew, Matthew, wait on the side.
His embrace of technology helped spread his reputation.