Throughout his career as a church leader, Pastor John Wagner has aimed to have a positive impact on both church communities and communities at large. He has served missions as far abroad as South Africa and Austria and has ministered in over 100 congregations in the United States.

Making a positive community impact is something anyone can do. All it requires is an affirmative, friendly attitude and a desire to engage with others. Let your community members know how you feel about community issues. Communication is the best resource we have for connecting with others and making a positive difference.

Getting involved in your community is a way to make a positive difference. Soup kitchens, animal shelters, and churches are always looking for volunteers. Volunteering connects you with others in the community who are also trying to have a positive impact. Also, don’t underestimate the power of prayer or meditation on Scripture, which can reinforce your positive outlook, and in turn help you bless the lives of others.

Church leaders interested in inspiring their congregations or small groups to excel and thrive should have an understanding of vision casting and why it is essential to church leadership. First, a brief definition: vision casting is the art of sharing one’s vision with those whom it will affect. Naturally, sharing a vision requires working out the specifics of that vision beforehand.

In church contexts, leaders can expect the best results from vision casting when they take the who, what, when, where, why, and how questions into consideration. In other words, leaders should be able to tell congregants what the larger plans are for their church, why these plans exist, when various milestones can be reached, and how congregants can actively participate.

About Pastor John Wagner
Recognized as a visionary pastor, John Wagner strives to connect church members and visitors through teachings that make the gospels relevant to the modern world.

Pastor John Wagner has served in pastoral ministry positions at churches across the United States since beginning his career in 1987. Currently leading Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas, he seeks to bring the word of God to church attendees in a creative, refreshing, but poignant manner. Pastor John Wagner is also an Apostolic Team Leader for Covenant Ministries International (CMI).

The mission and purpose of CMI is to support the growth and development of Christian ministries around the world with counsel, prayer, and instruction. With a network of over 1,400 members spread across 99 different countries, CMI seeks to engage churches as well as their leadership in the expansion and deepening of their relationships with Jesus Christ. With regular training sessions and conferences, the organization can continually bring new ideas to church organizers and be a resource for pastors to further connect with their membership. Additionally, CMI offers pastors the opportunity to participate in international mission trips.

As the lead pastor of Turning Point Community Church, Pastor John Wagner is invested in efforts to support communities around the world. Working with charity:water, Pastor Wagner and Turning Point Community Church recently brought clean water to 250 villagers through the installation of a well in India.

charity:water recognizes the importance of global access to clean water, and serves to provide the basic resource to areas of the world most desperately in need. Clean water can result in a 21 percent reduction in deaths, while the sanitation made possible by water can reduce deaths by 37.5 percent, and hand-washing can help to reduce deaths by 35 percent. Spurred on by such statistics, charity:water and its partners have funded 8,208 projects in 20 countries to date.

Whether serving communities of 250 people or 2,500, charity:water and supporters like Turning Point Community Church are making an important difference in the global fight for universal clean water access.

As Apostolic Team leader, John Wagner assists Covenant Ministries International, a fellowship of more than 1,300 faith leaders based in nearly 100 nations. Further, he acts as lead pastor for Turning Point Community Church, a Christian establishment that conducts leading-edge contemporary worship services.

According to a paper published by The Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), many more churches adopted new and contemporary worship modes over the last several years. Innovations including drums, projection screens, and live music appear to attract young churchgoers. The CCSP report drew on responses from more than 11,000 randomly surveyed congregations.

The CCSP also discovered that, historically, African American denominations lead in contemporary worship innovation. Further, though Sunday morning still ranks as the most prominent church attendance time, many chapels have introduced evening services to accommodate large congregations. Despite the above, churches reported a slow pace of change, with more than half claiming to have not modified their worship style in many years.

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Growing a church congregation requires a mix of faith, dedication, and hard work. More than anything else, however, outreach efforts play the most important role. According to research, most congregation members flock to churches that are visible in the greater community. In other words, this means that a church’s popularity is directly proportional to its outreach efforts.

Outreach can take on multiple forms, including word-of-mouth recommendations from existing members, hosting fun events for the community, or advertising to get the word out about the church and its service times. It is important to clarify and customize the right message during outreach efforts in order to effectively connect with the audience. This means that soliciting feedback from current members is a critical element in finding potential new members.

Another way to spread the word about your church is by encouraging members to engage in community activities. Once church members are involved in the community, the networking effect generally takes over. Satisfied and happy church members automatically want to spread the word to their friends, and the constant influx of new members perpetually renews and refreshes the congregation.

About the Author: Pastor John Wagner has led several outreach efforts at various churches. At a former church, he grew the congregation from 35 members to more than 6,000 members in 10 years.

After a church establishes itself by providing Bible-based worship and guidance as to living a life that pleases God, it may reach a point where the same people show up for every service and the church stops growing. While small churches furnish strong support to communities all across America, most fellowships feel the need to take their messages to more people and attract new members. The following measures can help to promote church growth.

One major reason why small churches stay that way is the lack of visibility. One can raise awareness by creating an attractive Web presence and by engaging in social media campaigns. Furthermore, they can engage with the wider community through participation in events and creative outreach. Providing an excellent experience for those who visit for the first time, and having a follow up strategy have also proven to be productive. This church always needs to be socially involved, welcoming, and down to Earth.

Congregations represent a valuable resource for church growth. Ask active members to invite friends to the services and to host events for prospective attendees. Moreover, establish a way to sincerely welcome new families within the church. As new individuals become more comfortable in the church, they can in turn invite people they know, beginning a cycle of sustainable growth.

About the Author:
As the Lead Pastor at Turning Point Community Church of Lubbock, Texas, John Wagner leads worship services and works to grow his congregation. Visit to listen to a sermon by Pastor John Wagner.

A major facet of Turning Point Community Church’s mission involves outreach work in the local, national, and international communities. Close to home, Pastor John Wagner and the Turning Point family support a variety of Lubbock-area charitable entities and non-profit agencies that share the church’s goals for social and civic betterment. Eradicating hunger, poverty, and suffering with a hands-on approach, both on a small scale and globally, Turning Point donates to an eclectic array of causes that include fair trade champion Trade as One and inmate rehabilitation project Simple Acts Ministry. Pastor Wagner and his congregation also back the children’s advocacy organizations Compassion International, New Missions, Hello Somebody, and World Vision.

Pastor John Wagner has devoted much of his career toward facilitating missionary work overseas and continues to do so whenever his schedule allows. Recently returned from a philanthropic journey to the Ukraine, Pastor Wagner and the Turning Point family additionally completed a fundraising endeavor on behalf of charity: water that brought a clean water supply to a village of 250 residents who formerly lacked a functional well.

The Pastor remains focused on missionary service in partnership with the Turning Point family and invites all interested parties to check this website regularly for updates and news.

When John Wagner began his tenure as Lead Pastor of Turning Point Community Church in April 2010, he became part of a diverse congregation bonded together by a deeply held respect for Christ’s teachings. Welcomed into an environment where young and old alike strive to positively impact our world one good deed at a time, Pastor Wagner proudly leads Turning Point’s weekly worship program with a primary focus on the transformational power of God’s love. Although theology and religious ideals inform the topical sermons he delivers to a considerable degree, Pastor John Wagner aims to inspire hope and graciousness through celebration, an approach that sets Turning Point apart as a particularly forward-thinking Christian organization. A contemporary house of worship where all are encouraged to express their spiritual devotion with enthusiasm, the church has grown to become one of Texas’ most influential thanks to Pastor Wagner’s unique leadership style.

Each week, the Turning Point congregation gathers for a lively service lasting approximately 75 minutes. Aside from Pastor John Wagner’s engaging sermons in which he discusses topics such as biblical history, the Holy Trinity, salvation, the sovereignty of God, prayer practices, and more, Sunday worship at the church incorporates the talents of a live band whose music extends a meaningful and revelatory message. In conjunction with regular worship sessions, Turning Point offers a wide variety of community group options for children, adolescents, and adults, each one developed with the primary intent of facilitating genuine fellowship among participants.

Leveraging a thoughtfully designed, age-appropriate curriculum to educate young children in a fun and creative atmosphere, Turning Point’s early learning programs StartingPoint and KidsPoint take place during normal worship hours under the supervision of well-trained volunteers, all of whom have undergone background checks to ensure each child’s complete safety. Equipping boys and girls with the knowledge to grow and flourish emotionally and intellectually, the church is able to further support families thanks to four unique community groups that specifically target the needs of married couples. Comprised of couples in their late twenties or early thirties who have recently started a family or are planning on doing so in the near future, Toddle on Down meets each Sunday in a private residence. For parents seeking kinship and an expanded social network, Turning Point congregants Gerald and Wendy Miller have generously organized a Parents with Young Children group. Rounding out the church’s selection of family-friendly groups, Married… with Children and Two by Two each meet at a convenient time at least once a month and usually end no later than 8:30 p.m.

Other Turning Point community groups include Adult Bible Study, Empty Nesters, Ladies Bible Study, Men’s Breakfast, The Mission of Motherhood, and The Harbor, a potluck-style weekly event for single or married adults age 40 or older. Lastly, individuals in their late teens or twenties, whether enrolled in college or pursuing a blossoming career, can gain new social and professional insight by signing up for a special Turning Point get-together at the Pratt House held each Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

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