Since the Fort Worth campus began in March 2013, the Lord has moved mightily in and through this local body, drawing faithful followers of Christ and healthy leaders to the mission. The Lord has generously provided Fort Worth Campus Shepherds, leaders, and staff who are equipped and capable to shepherd the flock He has entrusted to them (1 Peter 5:2).
As we have celebrated God’s provision of both a new campus and faithful leaders who are fully committed to being and making disciples, the Watermark Elders and Fort Worth leadership have continuously prayed about what God might have in store for the Fort Worth campus.
In recent months, the Elders have had a growing conviction that the next step for the health of the Fort Worth campus and the advancement of God’s Kingdom in Tarrant and Parker Counties is for the Fort Worth campus to become an independent, local church. As conversations between the Elders and Fort Worth Campus Shepherds continued, the Elders determined that the Fort Worth campus leadership would be fully prepared to operate as an independent, local church, beginning June 30, 2020.
Some of the reasons why the Elders believe that the Lord has prepared the Fort Worth leadership team for this new work are as follows:
- It is our conviction that an independent, healthy, functioning local church is more effective than a healthy satellite campus of a multisite church.
- The Membership in Fort Worth has faithfully assumed full ownership of the doctrine, culture, and work of the ministry.
- Leaders across every ministry area are equipped and completely capable of serving those the Lord has entrusted to the Fort Worth campus and continuing the work of being and making disciples. (2 Timothy 2:2)
- The Lord has provided men who have been “diligent to present [themselves] approved to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). These men have been discipled by Watermark’s Elders (Titus 1:5-9) and are ready to provide the leadership necessary for a Fort Worth Elder team to “keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account” (Hebrews 13:17).
- The Lord has provided Members who have faithfully stewarded His resources toward this mission, and the Fort Worth body is now capable of financially sustaining its ministry.
- The Elders and Campus Shepherds have confidence in the staff team to effectively lead the church in Fort Worth.
- Moving to independence will allow the Fort Worth staff to dedicate 100% of their time and energy to the leadership of the mission.
Watch our recent message as Todd Wagner, Tyler Briggs, and Dean MacFarlan share the how and why behind this exciting direction for the Fort Worth campus.