Turning Point Community Church: Faith and the Women’s Ministry

In addition to leading his Lubbock, Texas, congregation at Turning Point Community Church, Pastor John Wagner serves fellow pastors through Covenant Ministries International (CMI). The Apostolic Team Leader at CMI, Pastor John Wagner and his team have provided encouragement and counseling to CMI members across 99 countries since 2011.

A global association of ministers and pastors, CMI serves as a unifying rather than governing presence, committed to a shared vision to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God’s grace, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Member churches and church leaders receive CMI support and effective tools in such areas as ministerial development and personal and pastoral counseling.

The CMI website provides numerous ministry resources to enhance pastors’ and ministers’ activities. CMI provides an array of audio visual tools to assist pastors and ministry teams in their evangelical endeavors. Members can find links to resources that offer graphics for sermon titles and a host of other faith-related images and backgrounds that can be used for church presentations and web design.

Discovery Church Offers Preparing for Marriage Class

Over the course of his 25-year ministerial career, Pastor John Wagner served multiple congregations before arriving at Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas. One of the churches Pastor John Wagner served is Discovery Church, a 4,500-member church in Orlando, Florida.

As part of its ministry, Discovery Church offers a preparation-for-marriage class for people who are seeking the guidance of religious leaders before making the life-changing promise of matrimony. The class, called Preparing for Marriage, is designed as an interactive, enjoyable opportunity for couples to grow in their relationship with God and each other.

Each week, class participants come together in small groups to discuss their uncertainties and goals as they prepare for marriage. Aside from convening small group discussions, the marriage course follows the writings of Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, who have been featured on national televisions programs such as Oprah, The View, and CNN. The course focuses on their book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, which helps couples answer fundamental questions about the nature of their union. Video materials are also used during the class, which lasts about two months. The cost of the class is $39 per couple.

Pastor John Wagner Supports Simple Acts Ministry

At Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas, Pastor John Wagner encourages his congregation to minister in the surrounding community. Among suggestions for volunteer opportunities provided on the church’s website, Pastor John Wagner includes a link to Simple Acts Ministry in Lubbock.

Simple Acts takes the Gospel admonition to visit the imprisoned very seriously. The group runs a faith-based dormitory at the Montford Unit of the Lubbock County jail. The unit houses inmates who seek to learn spiritual truths and life skills in a supportive, Christian environment. Organizers hope to reduce recidivism for non-violent offenders by giving them the skills to lead functional, successful Christian lives.

Residents of the unit take classes from programs such as Quest for Authentic Manhood and Seven Areas of Life Training. They learn how to care for their spiritual, physical, and emotional health; how to manage money; and how to be successful husbands and fathers. Volunteers with Simple Acts teach classes and act as mentors to the inmates.

After a prisoner is released, Simple Acts continues its involvement in his life. SAM’s Place offers transitional housing, classes, and fellowship opportunities for men leaving the prison system. Simple Acts welcomes volunteers who wish to help maintain and improve the facilities at SAM’s Place.

Turning Point Community Church Supports Youth in Lubbock, Texas

Led by Pastor John Wagner, Turning Point Community Church offers four programs for young people. Starting Point, a program that ministers to infants and pre-kindergarten age children, teaches God’s love through the compassionate example of the adults involved. Furthermore, Starting Point supports children in their physical and mental growth while introducing them to a Christ-centered environment.

The next level of ministry for young people in the church is Kids Point, which serves children between kindergarten and fourth grade. It provides engaging activities coupled with an age appropriate Bible-centered curriculum.

A program for fifth- and sixth-graders, Vertical meets on Sundays and also offers group study on Wednesday evenings. Young people who participate find a welcoming and relevant environment geared toward the unique spiritual needs of this age group.

United encourages seventh- through 12th-graders to develop closer relationships with Christ in a setting that is designed to meet the needs of teenagers.

For more information about these programs, connect with community service opportunities, and watch sermons by Turning Point Community Church Lead Pastor John Wagner, please visit www.tpcconline.com and http://goo.gl/q6LJa.