Watermark Community Church

Watermark's Church Leadership Podcast

A podcast designed to help church leaders. The conversation each month will focus on issues and topics relevant to church leaders across the country and around the world.

      Watermark's Church Leadership Podcast

Description

A podcast designed to help church leaders. The conversation each month will focus on issues and topics relevant to church leaders across the country and around the world.

Link: churchleadersconference.com/

Episodes

Hiring the Best

Dec 3, 2018

Description:

John and Adam talk with Becca Nail, an HR Coordinator at Watermark Community Church. She focuses on hiring new staff members and the on-boarding process. Together, the three of them discuss what the hiring process looks like at Watermark and what to keep in mind when thinking about new staff. Show notes --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/hiring-the-best

Leading with a Limp

Nov 19, 2018

Description:

John and Adam talk with Jonathan “JP” Pokluda about leading with authenticity. Show notes --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/leading-with-a-limp

A Leader and Their Family

Nov 5, 2018

Description:

Todd Wagner (Watermark Senior Pastor) and two of his children, Cooper and Kirby, join Adam and John to talk about leadership in the family. Show notes --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/a-leader-and-his-family

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Oct 23, 2018

Description:

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda (Dallas Campus Pastor) and David Marvin (Young Adults Director of Programs) join Adam and John to discuss the importance of feedback. Show notes --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/give-and-receive-feedback

Productivity and Getting Stuff Done

Oct 9, 2018

Description:

Greg Crooks (Executive Pastor of Watermark Community Church) joins Adam and John to discuss six principles to help church leaders be more productive. SHOW NOTES --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/productivity

Casting Vision

Oct 9, 2018

Description:

Johnathan “JP” Pokluda (Dallas Campus Pastor) and David Marvin (Young Adults Director of Programs) talk with John and Adam about the 5 C’s of Casting Vision. As leaders of the largest young adult gathering in the country, JP and David show leaders how to practically and authentically share a heroic vision to change the world, even with a small group of people. SHOW NOTES --> http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/casting-vision

Mobilizing the Church

Sep 4, 2018

Description:

Every church leader desires to see their members living a life on mission, both inside and outside the church. In this episode, Jeff Ward (Director of External Focus) joins John & Adam to discuss some of the ways he and his team work hard to mobilize the church. Show notes: http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/mobilizing-the-church

Leading Through Crisis

Aug 21, 2018

Description:

Leadership is rarely more difficult than when facing a crisis. In this episode, John McGee reflects on a recent crisis that impacted his family and what he learned about leadership in the midst of navigating some very difficult circumstances. Show Notes: http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/leading-through-crisis

What We Are Learning About Community

Aug 6, 2018

Description:

Community Groups are a big deal here at Watermark and a ministry we take very seriously. In this episode, John Elmore (Director of Community and Director of re:generation) jumps into the podcast studio to share what we've been learning about how to lead a healthy Community Group ministry. Click for show notes - http://churchleadersconference.com/blog/what-we-are-learning-about-community

Dealing with Team Conflict

Jul 24, 2018

Description:

If your church staff or volunteer team is made up of more than one person, then you've experienced conflict. In this episode, Todd Wagner discusses practical ways to deal with conflict and how to best embrace the opportunity conflict provides.

Can You Lead Yourself?

Jul 10, 2018

Description:

Is self-leadership even possible? Adam & John jump into the podcast studio to discuss this popular leadership topic and try to clear up some common misconceptions.

Celebrity Pastors

Jun 21, 2018

Description:

Todd Wagner once again jumps into the podcast studio with John & Adam. The topic of discussion this time is the idea of "celebrity pastors" and why many pastors fall, regardless of whether or not they are a "celebrity pastor."

Building Teams

Jun 6, 2018

Description:

Kyle Kaigler, the campus pastor in Plano, joins Adam and John to discuss seven principles of building teams. This podcast will challenge you to build teams, give ministry away and be intentional about developing others.

Why is this topic so important (4:00)

1) It makes disciples.
2) Builds ownership for people.
3) You get more work done.
4) You have more fun.

Seven Principles of Team Building

1) Be courageous (5:10)

One of the things Watermark is known for is the courage of our senior leaders. When you build teams with lay leaders, it build courage. We sometimes fire volunteers and that takes courage, but it sets the bar for what we expect.

2) Bring energy (6:24) Regardless of whether or not you are in introvert or extrovert, you need to be excited about what you are leading. That comes from your walk with Christ. As you recruit teams, look for those who are excited.

3) Have fun (8:32) "Life’s too short to not do ministry with people you love." – Kyle Kaigler 'Be creative with your team to have fun.

4) Know yourself (9:56) Pay attention to your own heart. To build teams you need to know your strengths and weaknesses and build teams around those. Have your identity in Christ, know your gifts and give things away. Get to the point where you have more fun watching lay leaders lead.

5) Play chess, not checkers (11:33) Know your people. In checkers all pieces do the same thing. In chess every piece does something different. People are different and you need to know them and deploy them well. Pray for it, wait for it. Wait for God to bring along the right people.

6) You set the bar (13:35) As you are building lay leaders, you have to tell them your expectations. You need to delegate responsibility and authority. When Jesus sent out the 70, he delegated authority and responsibility. This gives people ownership. What people own usually grows.

7) Provide candid feedback (14:35) You need a culture of handling conflict well. We want to build a culture where people freely, yet lovingly, share candid feedback. People will only get better if they get quality feedback. Expect what you inspect.

8) Why don’t more church leaders do this? We feel like we need to be the man or the woman, because we are insecure. Study Exodus 18:17-26 – this passage is so full of team building principles. Questions or comments? Email clp@watermark.org.

 

Application Questions

1) Do you struggle to give ministry away? If so, why do you think that is?
2) Which of the seven principles do you feel like you are doing well? Where could you grow?
3) What volunteer or staff member needs you to give them feedback?
4) What are some practical ways you can help your team have more fun?

Recruiting Volunteers

May 22, 2018

Description:

Benson Hines, Director of External Mobilization, joins Adam and John to discuss recruiting volunteers. This podcast will challenge you to not simply fill needs within or outside the church. Instead, view opportunities to serve as a path towards discipleship.

Mistakes Young Leaders Make

May 8, 2018

Description:

Blake Holmes shares five common mistakes young leaders make.

Dealing with Discouragement

Apr 20, 2018

Description:

Jonathan Pokluda discusses how to lead through seasons of discouragement.

BONUS: Get Ready for CLC 2018

Apr 16, 2018

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BONUS EPISODE: John & Adam provide some quick tips for those of you joining us at the 2018 Church Leaders Conference (April 24-26, 2018 here in Dallas).

A conversation with Watermark's elders - part 2

Apr 3, 2018

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Part 2 of 2 - Three of Watermark's elders join John & Adam to discuss the installment process for new elders and other questions they're asked on a regular basis.

A conversation with Watermark's elders - part 1

Mar 21, 2018

Description:

Part 1 of 2 - Three of Watermark's elders join John & Adam to discuss our church's elder model, how they view their role, and how they function week-to-week.

Faithfully Playing Your Role

Mar 7, 2018

Description:

Tyler Briggs, the Watermark Fort Worth campus pastor, discusses how to faithfully play whatever role God has for you.

The Value of Trust

Feb 22, 2018

Description:

Scott Kedersha jumps in with John McGee & Adam Tarnow to discuss trust and why it is so important to the health of your church staff.

How to build culture

Feb 6, 2018

Description:

John McGee & Adam Tarnow discuss how to build, protect and change your staff culture.

How to Improve Your Meetings

Jan 15, 2018

Description:

Jeff Ward jumps in with John & Adam as they discuss practical ways to lead better meetings.

Leading Yourself Spiritually

Jan 3, 2018

Description:

Kyle Kaigler and Rob Barry discuss practical ways to lead yourself spiritually.

Navigating Staff Transitions

Nov 8, 2017

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John Cox and Todd Wagner discuss three principles designed to help you and your church navigate staff transitions.

Leading Up

Oct 25, 2017

Description:

In this episode, David Marvin and Jonathan "J.P." Pokluda discuss five ways you can proactively engage with your boss.

Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Sep 13, 2017

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Todd Wagner and Blake Holmes discuss practical ways to train up the next generation of leaders in your church.

Ideas To Help You Lead Your Staff - Part 4

Aug 1, 2017

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Todd Wagner and Jonathan ("JP") Pokluda wrap up their discussion of practical ideas to help you in leading your staff or your team. This is the final part in a series of podcasts on this topic.

Ideas to Help You Lead Your Staff - Part 3

Jul 17, 2017

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Todd Wagner and Jonathan ("JP") Pokluda discuss practical ideas to help you in leading your staff or your team. This is part three in a series of podcasts on this topic.

Ideas to Help You Lead Your Staff - Part 2

Jun 13, 2017

Description:

Todd Wagner and Jonathan ("JP") Pokluda discuss practical ideas to help you in leading your staff or your team. This is part two in a series of podcasts on this topic.

Ideas to Help You Lead Your Staff - Part 1

May 31, 2017

Description:

Todd Wagner and Jonathan ("JP") Pokluda discuss practical ideas to help you in leading your staff or your team. This is part one in a series of podcasts on this topic.

Ministering to Millennials

May 15, 2017

Description:

Jonathan ("JP") Pokluda shares ten best practices to keep in mind when ministering to millennials. JP is the Watermark Dallas campus pastor and also leads The Porch (Watermark's Young Adult Ministry).

A Leader's Inner Circle

May 1, 2017

Description:

In this first episode of Watermark's Church Leadership Podcast, Sr. Pastor Todd Wagner discusses the important role friends play in a leader's life. Leadership is only as lonely as a leader wants it to be.