2019 Breakouts

For breakout sessions this year, we've brought back some past favorites and we will be introducing several new ones. Breakout sessions happen during the second day of the CLC and are meant to equip and resource you in a broad range of areas – from ministry overviews to hot topics facing churches today to leadership and skill development.

Bring your whole team and divide and conquer. Attendees of the Church Leaders Conference will also get access to the audio of all breakout sessions after the conference. Explore all our breakouts below:

Ministry Overviews
Shepherding, Discipleship & Leadership Development
Ministry Tactics, Tips & Principles
Culturally Relevant Topics
Organizational Leadership for Senior Leaders

Ministry Overviews

Marriage Ministry Overview with Scott Kedersha

Watermark’s approach of preparing nearly weds, establishing newlyweds, and enriching all marriages has made a major impact on our church, community, and other churches. Marriage ministry can be one of the most effective ways to be and make disciples. We will discuss the “why” behind our ministry model and share how this strategy can be contextualized for your church.

Student Ministry Overview with David Penuel

Come hear the history, vision, and values that have shaped Watermark's ministry to 6-12th graders for the past two decades. Meet our Student Ministry team and learn from our experiences. Discover how we have created opportunities for every student to be known and accepted, taught about Jesus, and challenged to grow.

Small Group Ministry Overview with Robbie Rice

For many churches, small groups are the entry point where people experience biblical community, practice the “one anothers” of Scripture, and experience spiritual transformation. We’ll discuss our values and guiding principles for community, how we assimilate and form groups, our strategies to train leaders, and how we ensure that members are shepherding one another.

Women Caring for Women in the Church with Gigi Hornberger, Meg McKinley, Ann Daly and Susan Cox

Crisis in the lives of women can cause unexpected emotions, unresolved fears, and doubts about God's goodness. Come learn helpful principles for engaging and shepherding women walking through difficult situations such as unfaithfulness, addiction, and abuse.

Young Adult Ministry Overview with David Marvin and Mark Saha

How are you investing in the Church’s future? Young adults can change the world and have more time and resources than many others in the Church. Let us help you minister to and through adults in their 20s and 30s. We’ll share best practices from leading The Porch, our ministry to Millennials that has grown to 3,000+ weekly attendees.

College Ministry Overview with Daniel Crawford

The liberal, post-Christian ideologies of many campus cultures mean God’s call for the Church is critical. In the past two years, Watermark’s College Ministry has tripled in size and scope. We’d love to share what we are learning with your team.

External Focus Overview with Jeff Ward and Oscar Castillo

The hallmark of healthy churches is a growing capacity and effectiveness in serving people locally and internationally. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to increase your impact, come learn some practical ways to think about your organization’s service “sweet spot” and to deploy the modern-day “Samaritans” in your church.

Worship Ministry Overview with Jon Abel

Watermark’s worship ministry started 18 years ago with a borrowed guitar, two singers, and a second-hand sound system that worked (sometimes). While much has evolved, many things remain unchanged. We’ll discuss what we’ve learned about leading worship, pastoring/shepherding a worship team, how to develop volunteers, leading a rehearsal, setting a vision, and developing an authentic, healthy, biblical worship culture.

Preschool Ministry Overview with Jinger Lord and Angela Ardis

Come hear how we are teaching kids that God loves them, He can be trusted, and that following Jesus is FUN! Discover opportunities to engage and empower volunteer leaders. Learn about building a foundation of faith in preschoolers that makes them drag their parents to church and impacts how they view themselves, God, and His Word.

Recovery Ministry Overview with Jeff Parker

God uses biblical recovery to transform people in all stages of health and maturity in Christ. Learn how we use biblical steps to help Christians shepherd one another through any struggle (e.g. addiction, pride, sexual struggles, codependency, depression, etc.) toward freedom in Christ. Equip your church to be the place where anyone can experience recovery in all areas of life.

Equipping Ministry Overview with Nathan Wagnon and Gigi Hornberger

An effective equipping ministry creates opportunities for all people to take the next step toward spiritual maturity. A one-size-fits-all approach often leaves those new to the faith and the mature in Christ feeling “on the fringe,” rather than “in the fold.” Come learn strategies and innovative ideas for equipping opportunities based on time commitment and maturity level.

Elementary Ministry Overview with David Kimball and Matt Clyde

George Barna says, “In the race to a child’s heart, the first one there wins.” Hear how we are empowering lay leaders and striving to intentionally influence the lives of kids and parents with the Good News of the gospel and to equip them to be and make disciples.

Global Missions Overview with Oscar Castillo

Watermark’s non-traditional approach to global missions has transformed thousands of lives abroad and at home. Come hear what we’ve learned along the way and about our current efforts to reach “the ends of the earth.”

Be sure to check out our entire 2019 schedule!

Shepherding, Discipleship & Leadership Development

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another with Rob Barry

Since all relationships will face disagreements at some time, followers of Christ must commit to following biblical principles as a guide for resolving conflict. Come receive tools that will serve as a continual resource for you and your church as you strive to serve others, grow personally, and glorify the Lord in the context of conflict.

Shepherding Those in Habitual Sin with Noah Brown

Inevitably, there are times when members, volunteers, leaders, and even staff find themselves in habitual sin. How the Church responds and shepherds them determines the health of both the individual and the Church. Today, we will share biblical principles and practical steps for shepherding those struggling with addiction or unrepentance toward healing and freedom in Christ.

How & Why We NEVER Do Childcare with Rachel Sarmiento and Martha Kate McJunkin

A midweek children’s ministry coinciding with adult midweek ministries is a high-impact opportunity to disciple kids. That’s why we ENDED CHILDCARE at Watermark! We will discuss how to create a ministry that maximizes every moment a child is on your campus and helps strengthen and encourage parents, marriages, and families.

What Is Discipleship? Understanding How People Grow Up into Christ with Nathan Wagnon

Churches often define the success of equipping efforts by attendance numbers and are left wondering why so many people fail to grow spiritually. This session will equip you with a solid biblical theology of discipleship and help you understand the journey we are on as the Spirit strips away competing allegiances and forms us into Christ.

From First Timer to Fully Deployed: Developing and Deploying Your Leaders with Derek Mathews, Kyle Kaigler, and Meg McKinley

You begin with a vision of godly, passionate leaders serving in your ministry. After months of recruiting, you settle for anyone with a pulse, and 20% of the people do 80% of the work. So how do you identify, develop, and deploy your body into disciple-makers? Discover how to move a first-timer into a fully deployed leader in your ministry.

Making Truth Taste Good: How to Counsel from Scripture with John Elmore

Paul warned the Church: No matter how zealous and gifted you are, if you lack love, you gain nothing. We know love is essential, but it’s often difficult to balance truth and grace when facing challenging counseling situations. We will look at essential components of biblical counsel and time-tested methodology that opens the heart of the hearer.

Leaders and Their Families withJohn and Pam McGee, Lance and Mandy Sisco

Before a leader shepherds others in the church, the family must be led well. We will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities those in ministry face in leading their homes, along with practical ideas for leading and loving their spouse and children.

How To Care For People Experiencing Crisis with Brett Billman

You just learned that someone you love has received devastating news. Paralyzed by insecurity and fear, many don’t know how to respond in a crisis and miss the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ during times of need. Brett Billman will share lessons he learned after walking through medical trauma with his family.

Big Commitments Require A Big Ask: Helping People to Buy Into the Mission with Rick Wisner and Brandon Sanchez

When church attenders fail to catch the heart of our values, they remain uncommitted, discount their spiritual gifts, and assume others will fill the need. How do we engage and inspire people to give their lives in service to God’s Kingdom? Learn how we encourage people toward fully devoting themselves to Christ through our membership and assimilation process.

Sharing the Burden: Moving Ministry to the Members with Jim Wimberley and Mark Nicholson

When someone has an idea for ministering to hurting and struggling people, the response at Watermark is, “That is a great idea! Why not put together a leadership team and do it?” Today, 14 pastoral care ministries are led by lay leadership teams with limited support from staff. Discover how you can deploy faithful members to do the work of ministry.

Women Caring for Women in the Church with Gigi Hornberger, Meg McKinley, Ann Daly and Susan Cox

Crisis in the lives of women can cause unexpected emotions, unresolved fears, and doubts about God's goodness. Come learn helpful principles for engaging and shepherding women walking through difficult situations such as unfaithfulness, addiction, and abuse.

Helping Couples Survive an Affair with Susan Cox

An affair doesn’t have to be the end of a marriage or family. How we respond and minister to those in crisis matters. In this breakout you will gain both practical and biblical truths as you come alongside and help couples when trust has been broken.

Why Can't I Forgive Myself? with Nate Graybill

The struggle of guilt and shame from past sin (or sins against you) can be crippling. Learn why some people, after receiving Christ, continue to struggle with guilt and shame, what the Bible says about it, and how to heal.

Christian Essentials, Convictions, and Opinions: What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter? with Nathan Wagnon and Karen Henson

From the dinosaurs to the death and resurrection of Jesus, discussion over popular theological topics can quickly turn into arguments if we are not careful. When do we need to take a stand, and when can we agree to disagree? Come and learn about a helpful framework for determining the difference between the essentials and nonessentials of the faith.

Addiction-Free In 24 Hours with John Elmore

Your church is addicted. Every church has people addicted to porn, pills, drink, anxiety, self (see social media), food/body image, work, materialism, gossip, etc. If the Church doesn’t have the antidote for sin, our faith is impotent. Learn how we can live free in 24 hours, by the power of the Spirit – one person, one addiction, one day at a time.

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary with Blake Holmes, Braun Brown, Melissa Miller and John McGee

The Watermark Institute provides biblical training and discipleship, combined with real-life ministry experience, for gifted leaders who desire to serve in vocational ministry. Join us for an inside look at what we are doing to raise up the next generation of leaders within the local church.

Be sure to check out our entire 2019 schedule!

Ministry Tactics, Tips & Principles

Take Your Teaching From Good to Great with Adam Tarnow and David Marvin

People come to church for many reasons, but their experience is often defined predominantly by the message. The teaching of God’s Word is frequently what awakens someone to the life-changing message of the gospel. Therefore, we must grow in our ability to teach persuasively, effectively, and creatively. Come and learn best practices in preaching, teaching God’s Word, and preparing sermons.

The Most Welcoming People on Earth – Keys to an Excellent Guest Experience with Ryan Garrahan

What do the Ritz-Carlton, Disney World, and Chick-Fil-A have in common? Excellent guest services. We’ll discuss why the Church should be the most welcoming place on earth, and how your church can be the most inviting location in your city. Only when God’s people welcome others as Christ has welcomed them, will the Church be all it’s called to be.

Connecting Church and Home: Keys to Effective Family Ministry with Wes Butler and Suzanne Sanderson

Church leaders are called to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” – a mission that begins in the homes of your church members. We’ll discuss how churches can partner with parents to train up the next generation of church leaders and explore how to equip and encourage parents for the mission they have been empowered to do.

Communication, Social Media, and the Church with Caitlin Van Wagoner

All churches, regardless of size, must communicate well. With the explosion of potential digital touchpoints, gone are the days when a bulletin and announcement were enough to keep your congregation informed. Watermark’s Communications Team will discuss best practices when using social media, print media, on-stage announcements, and email as you communicate with your church body.

Using Technology to Shepherd Your People with Scott Miller

Amazon, Google, and Facebook invest time and energy in order to care for their customers. Using information, they steward people well. Can you say the same about your church? From ministry registration to pastoral care conversations, learn how we leverage technology to help people take their next step with Christ.

Mobilizing Millennials with Ryan Wall

The Passion Generation is scrambling to find purpose, but often ends up finding it in the wrong places. Come and see how the Church can attract and unleash Millennials by helping them to discover, develop, and deploy their gifts to transform the community.

Be sure to check out our entire 2019 schedule!

Culturally Relevant Topics

Responding to the Fatherless with Bruce Kendrick

If pure religion involves caring for orphans in their distress (James 1:27), how do we effectively and responsibly sustain ministry to those children and their families in our communities and abroad? Come learn about biblical, practical efforts churches can deploy to change the trends of child neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

Leading the Church in a Marriage and Sex-Confused Culture with Scott Kedersha

God’s design for marriage and sex is under attack. Porn is a click away. Unmarried couples cohabitate. Same-sex couples marry. This isn’t your grandma’s culture, and the Church can’t lead as though it is. God’s Word speaks truth into our sin-filled society. Learn how the Church can speak into, engage with, and lead out in our marriage-and sex-confused culture.

A Biblical Approach to Church Security with Jeff Grandy and Liz Johnson

With the growing number of active shooter incidents and other violent attacks in our country and around the world, many leaders wonder how we respond in a way that honors Christ and protects our flocks. We’ll discuss how to approach church security from a pastoral perspective, best practices for Emergency Action Plans, and more.

Helping Couples Survive an Affair with Susan Cox

An affair doesn’t have to be the end of a marriage or family. How we respond and minister to those in crisis matters. In this breakout you will gain both practical and biblical truths as you come alongside and help couples when trust has been broken.

Why Can't I Forgive Myself? with Nate Graybill

The struggle of guilt and shame from past sin (or sins against you) can be crippling. Learn why some people, after receiving Christ, continue to struggle with guilt and shame, what the Bible says about it, and how to heal.

Be sure to check out our entire 2019 schedule!

Organizational Leadership for Senior Leaders

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary with Blake Holmes, Braun Brown, Melissa Miller and John McGee

The Watermark Institute provides biblical training and discipleship, combined with real-life ministry experience, for gifted leaders who desire to serve in vocational ministry. Join us for an inside look at what we are doing to raise up the next generation of leaders within the local church.

10 Ideas To Help You Lead Your Church Staff with Adam Tarnow

Maybe you’ve heard, “leadership is everything.” That puts a huge responsibility on those charged with leading leaders. A church staff is a team and a family of leaders. Curious how to make a team more like a family and a family more like a team? Come hear ten ways to lead your staff in culture, chemistry, competency, character, and teamwork.

Church Facilities: Approaches to Design, Construction, and Funding with Tip Housewright and Jim Proctor

Many growing churches face big facilities questions regarding buy vs. build, facility amenities, timing, funding, expansion, and new campuses. How can you have facilities that meet the needs of your congregation, yet show good stewardship? We’ll discuss Watermark’s facilities strategy; how volunteer teams are organized; our approach to building design and phased construction; and when debt is used.

Multi-site Wins, Losses, and Leassons: A Panel Discussion with Greg Crooks and Campus Pastors

What is Watermark’s model for multi-campus expansion? Join Executive Pastor Greg Crooks along with Watermark's campus pastors to discuss our model, best practices, and lessons learned along the way.

Strategic Planning in the Church with Greg Crooks

Where is your ministry today? Where do you need to go? How will you get there? Join Watermark’s Executive Pastor, Greg Crooks, to discuss a practical strategic planning framework and tools that will help you glorify the Lord by completing the work that He gave you to do (John 17:4).

Watermark Elder Model Panel Discussion with Watermark Elders

Join the Watermark Elders as they discuss the Elder model used at Watermark for the last 15 years, including: the requirements for Elders, the candidate selection process, the role and expectations of an Elder, and the necessity for deep community within the Elders.

Lessons for Young Leaders Shepherding People Older than Themselves with Tyler Briggs and Connor Baxter

How can a young leader effectively oversee a church or ministry filled with people older than himself? Come hear biblical instruction, practical applications, and lessons learned from young campus pastors.

Be sure to check out our entire 2019 schedule!