Pastor John Wagner has been working as a full-time vocational minister for more than two decades. First starting as a youth pastor, he now serves as the lead pastor at Turning Point Community Church in Texas. Under John Wagner’s guidance, the church maintains a wide variety of groups and ministries focused on specific members of the church, from children and students to adult women.
While much of society may look at students as a part of the future, Turning Point Community Church sees them as both the church of today and the church of the future. Based on this view, the church offers The Point, a ministry that is focused specifically on showing students the truth about God. Students taking part in The Point are challenged to follow the destiny that God has given them and stay committed to their walk with the Lord. They learn about how to best take care of and love the life they have been given in a way that allows them to serve the worldwide community.
The Point is focused on students between sixth and 12th grade. It currently offers a midweek service and a Sunday service that differ slightly from one another. The midweek service, held on Wednesday nights, gives students the opportunity to connect with one another and work in small groups to discuss the message given during that meeting. Meanwhile, the Sunday service is held at two times during the morning. Students attend the adult service at the church before going back to The Point for Bible Study and discussions about the scripture.
With a master’s degree in theology and religion from Honolulu University, Pastor John Wagner holds more than 25 years of experience leading and growing churches around the United States. John Wagner currently serves as the lead pastor for Turning Point Community Church and he routinely demonstrates his creative nature by pioneering new outreach avenues and helping the church and community grow.
Growing a church may seem like it relies more on chance than anything the church leaders or community can do, but in reality, almost any church can increase in size by focusing on a few areas. Outreach is a major contributor to church growth. Without outreach efforts, potential members will not hear about the church and its various offerings. This can be a problem for some older churches, in particular, but if both members and leaders begin sharing information about the church in their community, more people will start attending services and some of those individuals may become lifelong members.
Organizing groups to care for people is another way churches can expand. Because a pastor can only attend so many events and help so many people, establishing groups of church members who are focused on helping fellow members with certain problems takes the strain off the pastor and helps meet the needs of community members. If pastors have to focus on caring for everyone, they can quickly become burnt out. This could actively prevent church growth because they may no longer have the energy to fully lead the congregation. Without proper leadership, churches cannot grow effectively and they may even struggle to advance their mission.
Pastor John Wagner leads Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas. He additionally serves as the leader of the Apostolic Team for the ministerial fellowship group Covenant Ministries International, whose more than 1,000 members offer classes, workshops, outreach, and counseling to a global community. Pastor John Wagner has appeared before audiences in South Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean region.
The mission of CMI is not to function as any sort of governing body, but simply to support the work of pastors and lay leaders and strengthen them in their ability to spread the gospel. The organization aims to increase diversity among religious leaders worldwide, united in the belief in the healing and transformative powers of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Led by Pastor David T. Demola, the CMI Apostolic Team also includes ministerial leaders who represent Southwest Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Central America, and many other parts of the world.
Pastor John Wagner leads the congregation of Turning Point Community Church of Lubbock, Texas. Relying on his 28 years in ministry as well as his ability to write and deliver moving sermons, Pastor John Wagner also serves as the apostolic team leader of Covenant Ministries International.
Covenant Ministries International, or CMI, is a global organization of pastors, ministries, and church congregations that exists to support churches and their leaders as they preach the Gospel. CMI carries out this mission in a number of ways. CMI members assist and support one another directly and in person. At the organizational level, CMI brings people together in large gatherings as well as smaller, quieter meetings. Pastors and other church leaders also receive instructional materials from the organization. Additionally, CMI holds several conferences and seminars featuring guest speakers, as well as workshops where leaders can learn new ministerial skills.
The CMI website offers several tools that leaders can access from any device connected to the Internet. The organization also hosts webinars, and organization members and their churches are featured on the website so that others can learn more about them and help them meet their pastoral challenges.