Helping a Church Grow

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.

Covenant Ministries International – Taking the Gospel Global

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.

An Overview of Turning Point Community Church’s Groups

A master of arts graduate of Honolulu University, Pastor John Wagner earnedhis major in theology and religion. Committed to helping people engage in a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, Pastor John Wagner currently leads Turning Point Community Church.

For more than five years, Turning Point Community Church has dedicated itself to community outreach, worship, and faith-building in and around Lubbock, Texas. In addition to its two weekly Sunday services, the church provides several small group and fellowship options for its members and visitors.

Students. Options for students in grades 6 through 12 include The Point. There, youth learn ways to engage in their community and study the scripture. Whether students are new or lifelong church members, Turning Point teaches elements of the Christian faith.

Potpourri, led by Ilena Wagner. A place for women to connect with each other and grow in their faith and understanding, Potpourri is inspired by the book of Ruth. With a number of community groups throughout the year, Turning Point ensures there is a good fit for everyone.

Community Groups. Turning Point offers small groups for adults at different year-round sessions, ranging from bible studies and potluck groups to softball games and relationship groups. Always on the lookout for new groups, the church frequently adds to its roster.

Children. Divided into Starting Point, for infants through kindergarteners, and Kids Point, for children in first through fifth grade, the church helps children grow socially and mentally while learning about Christ’s teachings.

Why Pastors Need to Blog

Echoing Pastor John Wagner of Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas, several other successful Christian leaders have recently discussed the importance of maintaining a blog in order to connect with congregants and others hungry to hear the word of God. Through blogging, a minister can offer recommended readings to people throughout the world, thus helping spread the gospel far beyond the borders of one congregation. Pastor John Wagner maintains a long-standing focus on the importance of communication in pastoral work, and he has taught audiences in Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Another reason for pastors to blog is that the practice constitutes an excellent outlet for the profession’s desire to highlight ideas through the power of the written word. A blog does not demand that a pastor think through a lengthy, detailed article. Instead, it offers the opportunity to share quickly and easily random thoughts inspired by a newspaper article or community event.

Staying connected to their own congregants, and to strangers who may be seeking inspiration and counsel, is another good reason for pastors to blog. A blog can become a visible manifestation of a church community’s ongoing dialogue and fellowship.

Effective Vision Casting for Pastors

Pastor John Wagner has taught in congregations around the world, from South Africa and Europe to the Caribbean Islands and the United States. He currently serves at Turning Point Community Church in west Texas. Known for his meaningful sermons, Pastor John Wagner utilizes a variety of speaking techniques, including vision casting, to reach culturally diverse populations.

Oftentimes, church leaders envision a bold new direction in which to lead their congregations but experience difficulty in communicating that vision to others. Vision casting is a technique made up of two parts: a distinct vision and the ability to share that vision so that others can help realize it.

Leaders must understand that, by definition, vision casting involves making an authoritative statement that informs people where they see the congregation is headed and how members can help it get to that place. The vision should concern an ideal future and should instill a drive to reach that future. Obviously, clarity is important when sharing a vision. To achieve clarity, the pastor should write the vision as a comprehensive mission statement, keeping it as short as possible and using accessible language so that plans and goals cannot be misconstrued.

Perhaps most importantly, the vision must be achievable. Striving to attain an unreachable goal only sets one up for failure and disappointment. One of the most effective ways to realize a vision is to plot a series of smaller, achievable goals that lead in steps to the ultimate vision.

Turning Point Community Church – Committed to God and Its Community

With more than 25 years of experience as a vocational minister, Pastor John Wagner has served the congregation and community of Turning Point Community Church (TPCC) since 2010. A creative and effective leader, Pastor John Wagner serves others so they may love God and change their world.

With two services every Sunday morning, Turning Point Community Church is dedicated to the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. TPCC also offers a range of opportunities for its members to connect with each other and with the community as a whole. For instance, through the directive re:fresh, participants perform acts of service throughout Lubbock, Texas, to spread the word of the love of God while providing free refreshments to the community.

As part of its commitment to help its members connect and grow, TPCC teaches Biblical lessons to children from infants through fifth grade in a safe, secure, Christ-centered setting. Older students can participate in The Point on Wednesdays and Sundays for Bible study and group worship. The annual women’s event, Potpourri, gives its members a place to encourage and support each other in their spiritual walk. Finally, TPCC sponsors more than 25 groups, including groups for people who have recently married, and a wide variety of Bible studies.

Pastor John Wagner: Social Life at Turning Point Community Church

Leveraging more than two decades of experience as pastor, John Wagner leads the Turning Point Community Church of Lubbock, Texas. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities at his home church, he teaches at workshops and conferences worldwide as Apostolic Team leader with Covenant Ministries International.

At Turning Point Community Church, members participate not only in worship but also in social gatherings that provide support, friendship, and a general sense of togetherness. Adults over 40 years of age meet at The Harbor, a group that offers potluck meals as well as opportunities to make friends and promote fellowship among Christians.

For young people in college or pursuing a career, the Church provides its 20 Somethings community, which furnishes faith-based social support in an environment full of accountability and lively Bible discussion. Women and married couples can take advantage of such programs as Tuesday Ladies Bible Study, Toddle on Down, and Parents with Young Children.

Pastor John Wagner: Core Beliefs of the Turning Point Community Church

At Turning Point Community Church, Lead Pastor John Wagner preaches the Word of God to a visitors ranging from adolescents to married couples with families. The Church delivers powerful, Bible-based messages reinforced by the music of a live band. The pastoral staff conducts worship in a relevant, yet reverent style.

At Turning Point Community Church, members believe in the Holy Trinity, which comprises in equal measure the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Further, as a Christian house of worship, the Church holds Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit, to be God’s only begotten Son. It also holds that Jesus was born to a sinless life by a virgin and that he performed the myriad miracles enumerated in the Bible. In the future, TPCC believes that Jesus will return personally to rule over all the Earth.

The Church bases its practices on the divinely inspired writings of the Old and New Testaments, which, as the Word of God, represent the infallible criteria for faithful practice.

Becoming Christ-like in Character

Pastor John Wagner has ministered around the world for more than 100 congregations in the United States, the Caribbean, South Africa, Italy, and Germany. He has been a pastor for over 25 years.

What was Christ like when he was alive on the earth? What does it mean to have a Christ-like character? The Bible tells the story that after Jesus died and returned to appear to his disciples, he asked Peter if he loved him. Peter answered yes, and Jesus replied, “Feed my lambs.” If we are to have a character like Jesus Christ’s, one expression will be to intentionally nourish God’s children in various ways.

We will also shed our own self-importance to develop a godly perspective. The Apostle Paul said to think on and seek after whatever is honest, just, pure, lovely, virtuous, and worthy of praise. His words are a guide for developing Christ-like characteristics.

Pastor John Wagner Explains Vision Casting

Vision casting refers to vocalizing your vision to influencers and followers who can facilitate the completion of shared goals. Pastor John Wagner of Turning Point Community Church explains how to get the best results from vision casting.

— Vision casting is a challenging process. Sharing your organization’s vision with staff and volunteer leaders essentially passes responsibility to them. As such, they are asked to nurture strategy and actionable plans.

— Be strategic. The story you tell your others has weight. Use your words wisely. What you choose to share–along with how you choose to ask for collaboration–affects how leaders and influencers step up to the task.

— Build in moments of inspiration. Even if people support your vision, they may be reluctant to help enact it because of time constraints or resource concerns. Your words must inspire them to act. Communicate a sense of urgency, and demonstrate how much you rely on their gifts, abilities, talent, and passion.

To learn more from Pastor John Wagner, visit www.tpcconline.com.