The mission of God’s Church is to be and make fully devoted followers of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). Whether we do that in buildings, schools, cubicles, or neighborhoods, we seek to be faithful to God’s leading to love God and make the Gospel known (Matthew 22:37-40).
Early this year, God began opening doors to a conversation between Centennial Church and Watermark Frisco about the possibility of joining together as one independent, local church.
Since January 2021, leadership from both churches have been meeting together to seek the Lord’s will and direction. We have arrived at a shared conviction, as leadership, that we can more effectively live out our mission to reach Frisco and the surrounding cities for the Gospel together, rather than apart.
Today, we believe it is time to take the next step of joining together by presenting this to the members of both churches. We will be taking the month of May to seek the Lord’s confirmation of this shared conviction. We will do this by spending time together and apart, sharing vision and scripture, answering questions, allowing time for fellowship between the two Bodies, and most importantly, saturating this season in prayer, both collectively in public gatherings and individually in private. We will also be offering various opportunities to gather for Q&A sessions with leadership and prayer.
The conclusion of this next step will be on Sunday, June 6 when each leadership team will share with their Body the final answer as to whether we will join together as one church. From there, we will communicate further next steps.
This will be a new, independent local church. This new work of God, built on the legacy and faithfulness of Centennial Church and Watermark Community Church, will take on a new church name as we move forward together.
Further, it is important for all to know, it has generally become Watermark’s goal for many of its campuses is to eventually become independent, local churches. Campuses are a church planting strategy for Watermark. The previous two campuses, Watermark Fort Worth and Watermark Plano (now CityBridge Community Church) are each currently healthy, thriving, and independent local churches today that still enjoy deep love and relationship with Watermark.
We fundamentally believe we will do more to impact the kingdom of God together rather than apart (Matthew 6:33, Psalm 133:1). The combining of all resources, and most importantly Spirit-filled people, will lead to a multiplying effect in furthering our mission as the Church.
No. The stated core beliefs and essential doctrines from both churches will not change as both churches already share the same conviction in these areas. This reality is part of what God used to bring affirmation to the leadership teams as we processed this decision of joining together (Philippians 1:27, 2 Timothy 4:3-5). We have been reading the same Bible and following the same Jesus (1 John 1:1-6, John 17:17-23). Note: we will be writing our own belief statement as a new church, so the wording and articulation of these beliefs will change, but the beliefs themselves will not.
Connor Baxter, current Watermark Frisco Pastor (1 Timothy 4:12, Psalm 119:99-100)
The current elders of Centennial Church and Watermark Community Church are in full support of Connor Baxter, Hunter Ramsey, and Jeff Hewitt stepping into the office of elder. During May, these elder candidates will be available at all Q&As. If you have any questions or concerns before these men step into the office of elder, please e-mail email@example.com (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9).
Watermark Frisco’s current staff will transition to full-time staff. Garrett Moore, Centennial Church’s Worship Leader and Director of Communications, is excited to join the current Watermark Frisco staff as we collectively seek to honor his years of faithful service at Centennial. Our goal is to determine how to best use his gifts that will serve this new church. The purpose of the staff team will be to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12).
No. We believe going through a Membership process together, as a new church family, is important for all of us to ensure unity, align expectations, share vision, build relationships, and set us up for long-term health (Philippians 1:27). Should the Lord affirm us joining together, on Sunday, June 6 we will communicate the next steps for what membership will look like moving forward.
Both churches are pursuing the same mission and end goal. We know God works through people and not programs. God works through men (mankind) and not methods. We desire to see every member unleashed in ministry, using the gifts that God has given them to build up the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-31). We do not believe we will be able to keep every ministry that is currently operating at both churches. Part of this next season will be prayerfully examining and determining which ministries will need to be pruned to create flourishing as a whole. Both leadership teams are excited to keep Watermark Frisco’s core ministries.
Centennial Church owns a building located at 4659 Coit Road, Frisco, TX 75035. This will be our permanent location. However, due to logistics and the possible size of our combined efforts, our move-in date will still need to be determined. This will be part of what is discussed on June 6 if the Lord allows us to join together as a new, independent local church.
Our desire has been to share information directly with Members of both churches before widely sharing. Through our initial conversations in leadership, we are grateful to have support from others who have shared their thoughts on this transition. See a message from Wayne Braudrick, Frisco Bible Church Senior Pastor who is excited about what the Lord is doing in and through our churches.