What It Means to Serve the Church

2010 Echo Conference


In this 60 minute session from the 2010 Echo conference, Todd Wagner  talks about the importance of using every expression of communication to honor God and love one another. Todd Wagner is the Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.


Todd focused on Acts 20:17–32 as he talked about being on guard … for your flock and for yourself. He said, "How you show your passion for something is your attention and creativity toward it." What does that mean to you in your ministry? What do you love? Are you paying attention and putting all your creativity into your passion for the mission? How?
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Todd said that he believes, "the greatest evil in the world today is a dead church." What do you think of that statement? Is that in any way true in your context? Do you have full devotion to Jesus Christ? What does that look like?
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Re-read Hebrews 4:12. Are you engaged? Are you engaging the community? Are you trying to improve the message of Jesus Christ or the improve the relevance of how you communicate the message of Jesus? How are you taking the message that never changes and communicating it in a relevant way without compromising that message?
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Todd talked about the technology that Watermark Community Church created, called Join the Journey, to encourage their congregation to read the Bible and start conversations. Check out www.jointhejourney.com to do it with your own congregation.

Re-read Deuteronomy 42:27 and John 1:1–4. How are you putting God's Word to work for you in your calling? How does God's Word coming through in your art?
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How are you calling the people you lead to full, radical devotion to Jesus Christ? Reflect for a moment … are you asking people to follow what you do not have yourself?
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Todd said, "So many times the church is caught up in doing things the way they always have been done … status quo. We keep on doing exactly what we've done and the message gets lost. The lack of creativity is killing God's church." What do you think of that statement? Does any of it apply to you and your ministry?
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Re-read Proverbs 9:13–18. Are you drifting? Are you chasing after folly? How are you doing at helping people grow? Are people captivated, engaged and transformed by the way you communicate the truth?
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Read Matthew 25. How are you using and developing your gifts to point people towards Christ?
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If you're going to make great art, you've got to have a beautiful palette; you've got to learn to love what God loves. Your art must have the content that God wants to communicate. Be somebody who has hidden God's word in your heart so you can create that which speaks of Life.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.  'Luke 6:45 (NIV)


For information or to purchase tickets to experience next year's Echo Conference live, go to echoconference.com.