Questions For The Elders

The Elders of Watermark meet periodically with members of the body to listen, answer questions and provide updates on what’s happening across our church. Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked of the Elders. These answers aren’t meant to be exhaustive, but rather to provide you with resources where you can find further information. You can find out more about the role of the Elder here.

Leadership | Our Campuses | Membership | Community
Marriage | Budget | Biblical Worldview


Did you miss the 2017 Evening with the Elders? Watch Below

Additional resources from 2017 Evening with the Elders

Watch the DC Vision Video Below: What We Did in the Beginning.

LEADERSHIP

Are you considering adding more Elders?

  • It is critical for Elders to maintain the spirit of unity and the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3-6). The larger the Elder team grows, the more difficult it is to maintain those relationships.
  • We are always looking for men who are qualified to hold the office of Elder. The Elders are ‘in a process’ with multiple candidates and continue to seek God’s leading as additions to the Elder team are considered.
  • Both the Plano and Fort Worth campuses have Campus Shepherds, who are equipped to disciple and lead others as the pursue full devotion to Christ. We are considering adding Campus Shepherds at the Dallas campus.

What are the Elders most excited about at Watermark?

Why do we have Campus Pastors?

Each of our satellite campuses have a campus pastor that provides leadership and vision to that specific campus, Tyler Briggs in Fort Worth, Kyle Kaigler in Plano, and Jonathan Pokluda on the Dallas campus. Todd will continue to use his leadership and teaching gifts across all three campuses. Click play on the video below to hear more.

How can I learn more about our Elders?

You can check out the Elders' bios here.

How can the men of our body grow in their relationship with God?

One way we do this is through our men’s Bible study, Summit, where men can join small groups of other men. Additionally, be sure to check out Unashamed, Equipped Disciple, and our Core Classes.

Click play on the video to watch our 2016's "An Evening With The Elders" in its entirety, and click HERE to download a copy of the slides used during that evening.

What’s Watermark’s view on women teachers and Elders?

You can find more information regarding our view on this topic on the RTRQ titled, "What Is The Role Of Women In Ministry?"

Has Todd’s book been published?

Yes! "Come & See" is available wherever books are sold.

Todd explains why he wrote "Come & See" here.

OUR CAMPUSES

Why Does Watermark Have Satellite Campuses?

Does Watermark have any plans to start additional campuses?

  • A group of Watermark members from Frisco is meeting, starting the week of November 13, 2017, to pray and go through pastoral epistles.
  • Our downtown efforts are slowing for now.
  • We remain open to wherever God leads us.

What are we doing to keep our campuses safe?

  • We’re doing our part; our teams are trained and ready.
  • We’re trusting the Lord to protect us.
  • “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
  • “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31)

It’s crowded in Dallas. How are we making room?

Consider attending our evening services as much as you can. There is plenty of room.

MEMBERSHIP

How does someone that goes to Watermark know he or she is a Member?

To become a Member at Watermark you must:

  • Make a written statement of your faith in Christ and intent, with God’s help, to pursue a life that will bring glory to God;
  • Meet face to face with a member of our testimony team to have your testimony confirmed (you will also be asked to provide a written copy of your testimony.)
  • Agree to the Beliefs and Governance of Watermark Community Church;
  • Attend the church’s two-part New Member Class;
  • Become part of a community group;
  • Choose and commit to an area of service; and
  • Sign the Membership Covenant.

If you have any questions about the Membership process (or your Membership status) please email us.

What are we doing to make our church more diverse?

We’re trying to love Jesus more. If we love Him more, we will love others more, regardless of their race. Diversity is not a goal, it’s a by-product of healthy relationships with Jesus. We recognize DFW’s culture is getting more and more diverse, so we have hired someone to help us lead and be more intentional about reaching our increasingly diverse culture. Please contact Oscar for more information and to get involved.

COMMUNITY

Why does Watermark want Members only in community groups?

Is there any other mechanism for fostering community group formation other than Community Formation events?

Sure! One of the best ways for community groups to form is organically; that is asking others that you know to be a part of your community. Additionally, affinity groups are a great way to meet new people and start community groups (Men's and Women’s Bible Study, re:generation, re|engage, Core Classes, etc.)

How can I find out who the point of contact is for my community group?

If you don’t know who your community’s point of contact is, email community@watermark.org, and we’ll make sure to help.

What are some questions or ways we can increase authenticity in our community group?

Check out this helpful link from our community team full of resources and helpful ideas.

Does Watermark have a list of opportunities to serve that enable community groups to serve together?

Yes! Our External Focus ministry sends an email every month with serving opportunities. You can sign up for that here. You can also jump in with any of our external ministry partners by clicking HERE.

MARRIAGE

Can a marriage destroyed by betrayal be still recovered and redeemed?

Yes! We hear stories like this regularly through our marriage ministry, re|engage. Check out this link to hear some of these stories.

BUDGET

How much of Watermark’s budget goes to missions?

  • 100% of our budget goes to missions
  • Our current operating budget is $27.3 mm
  • There are 202 full-time staff members on mission at Watermark

Here’s a RTRQ we did that talks about our budget and missions.

BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

What is Watermark’s view on same sex marriage?

Watermark's Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

Check out this RTRQ on our thoughts on this topic.

What is your view on counselors and medication?

You can find our view on if a Christian should go to a counselor in this episode of RTRQ and our thoughts on taking medication for depression and anxiety here.

What is Watermark’s view on communion?

You can find our view on communion on this episode of RTRQ.

Is Watermark a cessationist church?

Please also check out the RTRQ titled "Do Miracles Still Happen Like They Did In The Bible?"

What is Watermark’s stance on the “sign gifts” such as tongues, prayer language, prophecy, etc.?

You can learn more about our view on these topics here:

What is the Elders’ view on technology, for example, live streaming at home vs attending Sundays mornings? Watch with my community group at home to make room?

  • God’s plan is for us to experience life together with others.
  • Whatever you do, glorify God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Examine your motives. Are you focused on your own needs or serving others?
  • We gather corporately to encourage each other. (Hebrews 3:13 and 10:24-25)
  • Submit your life to Christ and the leaders He has placed in spiritual authority over you. (Hebrews 13:17)

Check out this RTRQ on why you should go to church if you can watch online.