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.

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.

What are Apostolic Teams?

by Pastor John Wagner

As the name implies, apostolic teams refer to a collection of persons who perform as apostles. The word “apostle” simply means “sent one.” Inspired by the account of the Apostles in the New Testament, these groups often travel to regions that have not received the gospel or have been limited in their opportunities to receive teaching and preaching that can cause them to grow. With their duty established by the Bible, apostolic teams focus on Kingdom advancement.

The team concept is importance to these individuals because they recognize the power of numbers when finding and converting new disciples by explaining to them God’s word. Joining people of similar beliefs whom they respect also provides them with inner strength and confidence that better allows them to achieve their goals. Additionally, they view themselves as “servant-leaders” who operate under God. Some of the values shared by apostolic teams are maturity, giftedness, growth, guidance, and stewardship.

About the Author:

For more than a quarter century, Pastor John Wagner has served as a pastor and minister, and he currently acts as Lead Pastor with Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas. An Ordained Minister with Covenant Ministries International, he remains involved with the group and its 600 pastors across nearly 100 nations by serving as an Apostolic Team Leader.