Pre-Conference Workshops Start April 1!

Ministry Workshops

We’re opening our doors the day before the Church Leadership Conference officially begins to offer pre-conference Workshops. Workshops allow you and your team to take a deep-dive into one of Watermark's core ministries, get personal training from ministry leaders, and connect with leaders from other churches who are passionate about the same area of ministry you are!

Each pre-conference Workshop begins on Monday April 1, at 12:30 pm and runs through Tuesday, April 2 at 11:30 am. The Church Leaders Conference officially kicks off Tuesday, April 2 at noon.

2019 Pre-Conference Workshop Tracks


The people of any local church are at different places in their faith journey. How do we challenge individuals to take the next step in their walk with Christ? Come learn how Watermark seeks to equip our members to be and make disciples for Christ, whether they are beginning their relationship with Christ, maturing in their faith, or desiring to serve in vocational ministry. Watermark’s Equipping Team will discuss Bible studies for men and women that transform lives; daily devotional and apologetic strategies; faithful stewardship of God’s resources; and other opportunities to equip your church with a deeper understanding of God and His Word.

Community/ Connecting

For many churches, small groups are the entry point where people first experience biblical community, practice the “one anothers” of Scripture, and begin the process of spiritual transformation. In this workshop, we’ll discuss our guiding principles for community; how we assimilate and form groups; strategies for training leaders; and how we ensure that members are shepherding one another.

Young Adults

Young adults are the largest and most influential demographic in America, and the church must reach them. The Porch, Watermark’s ministry to young adults in their 20s and 30s, now engages with 3,500+ young adults on our campuses every week, with many more joining us through partner churches and online streams. Come hear how God is working powerfully in and through these young adults. We’ll share our ministry vision, strategy, and methods; discuss principles for reaching young adults and challenging them to live out their purpose in Christ; and lay out practical approaches to addressing ministry challenges. Let us help you reach this generation for Christ.


Children’s ministry is a strategic opportunity to build a foundation of faith in the church’s next generation. It can be a catalyst for life-change in parents and volunteers as well. Come hear how we influence the lives of kids and parents; equip them for their mission of being and making disciples; recruit, develop, and empower volunteer leaders; and keep our focus on teaching about the character and nature of God and the good news of the gospel. The Watermark Kids team will discuss writing/evaluating gospel-centered children’s curriculum; recruitment and training of leaders; strategies for engaging and equipping parents; and why we never do “childcare.” You’ll also get a glimpse of a typical large-group gathering in action.


It’s tough to be a teenager in 2019. Watermark Student Ministries is on a mission to become a group where every 6 - 12th grader in our community can be known and accepted, taught about Jesus, and challenged to grow. At the Student Ministries Workshop, you will have time to get to know others who are “in the trenches” of student ministry while learning about the "ins and outs" of our approach to making disciples.


For the last 17 years, Watermark’s Marriage Ministry has been making disciples by preparing nearly weds, establishing newlyweds, and enriching and restoring all marriages. This approach has had a large impact in our church, community, and even other churches. In this workshop, our team will discuss the "why" behind our ministry model, provide details about our unique marriage ministries, and give you practical steps to lead couples in your church more effectively. Whether you want to improve your marriage ministry, overhaul your strategy, or start from the ground up, this workshop will help you make disciples in the context of marriage ministry and the local church.


Porn, alcoholism, drugs, pills, codependency, sex addiction, eating disorders, depression, fear, control, abuse, same-sex attraction, anger, obsessive thoughts, and many other struggles are commonplace in the Church. But, they don’t have to be. In Christ, people can be set free. We’d like to introduce you to re:generation, a unique 12-step recovery ministry. Through the gospel, daily abiding, authentic community, confession, repentance, and forgiveness, you’ll see your entire church change and grow. Learn about the radical healing people are receiving in Christ through re:gen, which is free to all churches.

Executive Pastor

Join Greg Crooks, Luke Friesen, and your fellow Executive Pastors to discuss best practices for leading the operations of your church. This workshop will touch on the unique organizational challenges facing senior church leaders, including topics such as finances and budgeting, hiring, organizational best practices, strategic planning and execution, decision-making, real estate, facilities management, and more. Greg and Luke lead all of Watermark’s operations. After spending close to ten years in the corporate world (consulting/finance/private equity), they both were called by God to leave their business careers and use their experience to serve the church.


We love to help and serve worship leaders and teams, no matter the size, age, tradition, or style of your church. We are looking forward to sharing all that we’ve learned along the way of our 20-year journey. We will discuss why the core values of your church should affect the worship ministry; why it’s vital that your identity is found in Christ and not in your talent; how we pastor/shepherd our worship teams; how to audition and develop more worship leaders and musicians; how to lead a rehearsal; and more. We hope you’ll join us.

Foster Care and Adoption

We want the first place vulnerable children and families turn for help to be the Church. Watermark’s Family Restoration ministry serves children and families effected by abuse or neglect and equips our members to engage in the complexities of foster care and adoption. The Bible clearly exhorts Christians to defend the cause of the fatherless (Deuteronomy 10:18-19, James 1:27). As we continue to develop our efforts, join us as we discuss how to engage our church culture, build ministry and prevent burnout, and grow strategic areas of impact.

Technical Production

Speaking with other technical artists is a healthy practice. No matter the size of your team or style of worship, we face similar challenges and have similar goals. We will address topics like: developing volunteers, spiritual health of the team, one-team mentality, conflict resolution, creative problem-solving, communicating ideas clearly and concisely, and others. In addition to addressing topics of leadership, we will discuss our philosophical approach to technology in the worship environment. We look forward to inviting you into the discussion.

One to Many Communications

Attention spans are shortening, learning preferences are shifting, and expectations are rising. We live in a culture that does not tolerate boredom. The result? The already difficult job of one-to-many communication is now even more difficult. Many communicators feel lost in their battle against shortening attention spans. Although audience engagement is challenging, it’s not impossible. You just need to understand how the rules of engagement have changed. Regardless of whether you are a new communicator, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between; this workshop will be full of ideas to help you engage any audience.

Click here to view the entire 2019 Church Leaders Conference Schedule

Workshop FAQs

  • Can I attend more than one Workshop? No, you’ll select just one workshop to attend during the day leading up to the official kick-off of the 2019 Church Leaders Conference. Attending just one workshop will help you get the most out of your Workshop experience. Members of your team can each attend a different workshop if you choose.
  • How do I register for a Workshop? Simply select the “Conference + Workshop” option during registration.