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.