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.

To download a PDF of the full report, please visit www.goo.gl/U869Z.

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 http://goo.gl/q6LJa to listen to a sermon by Pastor John Wagner.