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.
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.
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.
As the lead pastor at Turning Point Community Church, Pastor John Wagner leads fellow churchgoers with a commitment to service. Under Pastor John Wagner’s direction, Turning Point funds humanitarian organizations such as Charity Water. One project the church supported provided a remote rural village in India with clean water.
Charity Water joins with community partners around the globe to identify geographical areas where clean water is desperately needed. Each potential partner organization is vetted to ensure that its organizational structure and financial stewardship meet Charity Water’s standards.
Before beginning an initiative, the organization carefully considers the scope of the project and its sustainability. It looks for established local stakeholders who are capable of collaborating to maintain and repair the water lines after the project is finished. The organization also encourages its partners to reach out to local government leaders in areas where it is funding projects, since relationships with these civic officials is critical to maintaining access to clean water over time.
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 received his Master of Arts in Religion and Theology and started as a Youth Pastor in 1987. He currently leads the Turning Point Community Church (TPCC) and is responsible for crafting the church’s programs as well as its theological core principles. Pastor John Wagner is always interested in new techniques and methods that can help him deliver the Gospel message.
TPCC’s ministry is based on a series of core beliefs based on its principle document, the Holy Bible. Believing that the Bible is the Word of God infallibly transmitted to humankind, TPCC holds that God is an infinite Spirit of love, power, and wisdom and that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and came to atone for the sins of humanity, offering salvation to all who would accept him. The church awaits His visible return to rule the Earth and believes that the church represents a spiritual body with Christ at its head. TPCC follows two principle practices of faith, baptism and communion, and believes in the power of laying on hands to ordain and to heal the sick. Marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. TPCC believes in the Trinity of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that this triune God is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and governing of all.
For more information on their Statement of Faith, please visit the church’s website at www.tpcconline.com.
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.