As you’ll see as you read the information below, the mission continues here at Watermark in 2020. While our commitment to discipleship remained unchanged this year, how we served those in our community changed. We adapted our approach to ministry to meet the needs of a city affected by COVID-19, widespread job loss, and temporary lockdowns.
As the pandemic continued, our ministry ramped up, and by God’s grace, we found new ways to reach those in need of the hope of Christ. We look back at this year with gratitude for all God has done in and through this body. We are convinced that, as we remain faithful to the Lord’s mission, He will do even greater things in the months and years ahead.
Relationships have continued to flourish since Watermark acquired a 9.8-acre property and 190,000 square foot building (previously Pearl C. Anderson Middle School) more than a year ago.
Over 250 Watermark Members have been building relationships and sharing the gospel with families in South Dallas through weekly on-site food distribution. Our team and others have had 5,000 opportunities to engage with people through this initiative, with 65% of families returning weekly.
Phase 1 of construction continues, including the development of 24,000 square feet of space, which will feature:
Targeted Completion: Spring 2021
The Need: $2 million to complete Phase 1
(Total cost: $7.5 million)
Scheduled Opening Date: mid-2021
How can you help?
Pray with us that the South Dallas campus would be a light in our city. Our prayer is that God would go before us to stir hearts to invest and that more than enough will be provided (Exodus 36:5). We ask Members to pray, process in smaller communities, and give generously as the Lord leads. Please also pray for the directional team as they explore how to best love and engage in the months ahead.
Mail checks to Watermark and write “South Dallas” in the memo line.
Watermark Community Church
7540 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75251
The mission of the Watermark CDC is to further the name of Jesus by deploying His people and resources to meet the most strategic and transformational economic needs throughout DFW.
Here are a few highlights from 2020:
— Terri Kendrick
This summer, Watermark Music recorded its first-ever studio album here on the Dallas campus. Complete with original songs written by members of the Watermark Music team, this album will be released in early 2021.
In March we launched Watermark TV, a short-term series of live online broadcasts. From Watermark Live to Family Prayer, each show was an opportunity for connection, encouragement, and fun. Before it was over, viewers attended an online wedding reception and saw David Penuel in a wrestling singlet. (Some say it wasn’t over soon enough.)
— Erik Nieder
In 2020, we launched The Collective, a new ministry for women. Our first in-person event drew thousands to the Dallas campus, followed by virtual and outdoor gatherings. The new Collective Podcast tackles meaningful subjects by women, for women
Led by 35 ministry leaders, 100+ single adults were discipled through the books of Jonah and 2 Timothy as they learned to study God’s Word more deeply.
— Brooke Horn
More than 130 students (grades 6-12) were discipled through the steps of recovery, finding freedom from pornography, substance abuse, disordered eating, depression, anxiety, and other struggles.
The College team discipled 300+ students (200 are Watermark Members) from 10+ local colleges and universities at The Nine, our weekly ministry gathering.
CIM launched its first online gathering, providing practical guidance and discipleship to hundreds of job seekers this year.
— Bobby and Shari Johns