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Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are meant to equip and resource you in a broad range of areas. Ministry overviews, culturally relevant topics, and leadership development are just a few of the areas we'll talk about. For CLC 2020, we are bringing back some past favorites while also introducing some brand new breakouts.

Plus, all attendees of the Church Leaders Conference get access to the audio and resources of all breakout sessions after the conference at no additional charge. Bring your whole team and divide & conquer.

CLC 2020 Breakout Topics

Arts and Technology

Communication Team Overview
Uncover the best strategies for using social media, print media, on-stage announcements, and email to communicate with your church body.

Using Information Technology to Help Disciple Your People
From ministry registration to pastoral care conversations, learn how to leverage technology to care for people and help them take their next step with Christ.

Brand Strategy in a Box
Do you consider your church a brand? If so, what does your church brand stand for? Join us to get an overview of Watermark’s brand strategy and how it helps us make decisions and communicate.

Social Media Strategies for your Church
Learn practical tools and strategies to leverage social media and engage those both inside and outside of your church.

Technical Production Tour
Join our Production Team as they give a tour of our front-of-house and back-of-house support systems.

Worship Ministry Overview
Discuss what our team has learned about leading worship, shepherding the team, developing volunteers, leading rehearsals, setting vision, and developing a healthy, biblical worship culture.

Filmmaking Best Practices
From filming personal testimonies to feature-length films, the Watermark Film Team has done it all. Come hear best practices learned by the team as they diligently serve every ministry here at Watermark.

Church and Culture

Imaging God: How our View of God Affects our Discipleship and Spiritual Formation [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Explore the theology of discipleship and how to shepherd people in varying stages of spiritual maturity.

Doctrinal Priorities: How to Distinguish between Essentials and Non-essentials and Why that Matters
From the dinosaurs to the death and resurrection of Jesus, learn about navigating popular theological topics and discover a framework for determining when to take a stand and when to agree to disagree.

Making Truth Taste Good: How to Counsel from Scripture [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn about balancing truth and grace in challenging counseling situations, essential components of biblical counsel, and time-tested methodology that helps open the heart of the hearer.

Women Caring for Women in the Church [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn helpful principles for engaging and shepherding women facing difficult situations such as unfaithfulness, addiction, and abuse.

Developing Women’s Gifts Within the Context of Your Church
How to clearly communicate where you land in areas of female leadership while developing and deploying your female leaders.

Helping Couples Survive an Affair
Learn more about responding to couples in crisis and shepherding them in the journey to healing after trust has been broken.

Addiction Free in 24 Hours
Find out how, by the Holy Spirit's will power, you can help people find freedom from addictions to porn, pills, alcohol, control/anxiety, food/body image, materialism, gossip, etc.

The Most Welcoming People on Earth – Keys to an Excellent Guest Experience
Jesus is clear that the world will know us by our love. Come discover how applying His example to your guest experience will make your church the most welcoming place in your city.

Caring for Friends who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction or Identify as LGBT+
In today's culture, the Church has failed to represent Christ to the LGBT+ community in both word and deed. Come hear how we are trying to minister to those struggling with same-sex attraction or identifying as LGBT+.

How to Change your Staff Culture
Changing your staff culture is always more difficult than establishing and maintaining your staff culture. This breakout will provide practical ways to implement change, even when change is hard.

Creating a Culture of Authenticity
Confessing sin and living authentically should be major parts every believer's walk with Christ. Come and hear how the Lord has built a culture of authenticity and repentance at Watermark.

Community and Small Groups

Pastoral Multiplier: Small Group Shepherding
Examine the guiding principles for community, group formation and assimilation, leader training, and how to ensure members are shepherding one another effectively.

Making Truth Taste Good: How to Counsel from Scripture [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn about balancing truth and grace in challenging counseling situations, essential components of biblical counsel, and time-tested methodology that helps open the heart of the hearer.

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Receive tools on healthy, biblical conflict resolution that will unite and sharpen your team and transform your church.

Imaging God: How our View of God Affects our Discipleship and Spiritual Formation [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Explore the theology of discipleship and how to shepherd people in varying stages of spiritual maturity.

Single Adult Ministry Overview
Come hear about how we are thinking about ministry to the single 30’s, 40’s and 50’s of our church.

Equipping and Discipleship

From Skeptics to Scholars: Our 5 Best Practices for Equipping the Body
Explore how your church can create innovative ways to help people in different stages of spiritual growth take their next step of faithfulness.

Doctrinal Priorities: How to Distinguish between Essentials and Non-essentials and Why that Matters
From the dinosaurs to the death and resurrection of Jesus, learn about navigating popular theological topics and discover a framework for determining when to take a stand and when to agree to disagree.

Imaging God: How our View of God Affects our Discipleship and Spiritual Formation [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Explore the theology of discipleship and how to shepherd people in varying stages of spiritual maturity.

How To Care For People Experiencing Crisis [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn more about caring for those in crisis and how to inspire your church body to be the hands and feet of Christ during times of need.

Making Truth Taste Good: How to Counsel from Scripture [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn about balancing truth and grace in challenging counseling situations, essential components of biblical counsel, and time-tested methodology that helps open the heart of the hearer.

Women Caring for Women in the Church [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn helpful principles for engaging and shepherding women facing difficult situations such as unfaithfulness, addiction, and abuse.

Equipping the Saints for the Work of Service
A panel discussion about finding, developing, deploying, and supporting lay leaders to serve as ambassadors for Christ in the community and the workplace.

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary
Learn how the Watermark Institute provides biblical training, discipleship, and hands-on ministry experience for the next generation of church leaders.

Kids and Families

Connecting Church & Home: Keys to Effective Family Ministry
Learn how the church can partner with parents to train up the next generation of church leaders and explore how to equip and encourage parents for the mission of being and making disciples.

Caring for Vulnerable Children in Our Communities
Learn more about Watermark’s Life Initiative and how it can equip, organize, and mobilize your church to address abortion, foster care, and adoption.

Watermark Kids Curriculum
Discuss how to evaluate curriculum for Children’s Ministry, discover the heart behind Watermark’s Preschool and Elementary curriculum, and explore how we implement it with our kids each week.

Preschool Ministry Overview
Hear how we engage volunteer leaders in the journey of discipleship and teach kids that following Jesus is fun.

Elementary Ministry Overview
See how we are intentionally influencing kids (1-5 grade) and parents with the hope of the gospel while empowering lay-leaders and equipping parents to be and make disciples of Christ.

Leader Development

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary
Learn how the Watermark Institute provides biblical training, discipleship, and hands-on ministry experience for the next generation of church leaders.

From First Timer to Fully Deployed: Developing and Deploying Your Leaders
Come and see how to discover, develop, and deploy people in your body to be disciple-makers.

Managing a Busy Schedule and a Busy Life
Come and learn how a leader prioritizes their calendar to reflect a Biblical commitment to family, relationships, and ministry.

Leading Up: Enacting Change From Any Level
Young church leaders are often called to significant responsibility, while reporting to a senior authority. Together, we’ll discuss how young leaders can lead boldly and autonomously, while still serving their authority well.

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Receive tools on healthy, biblical conflict resolution that will unite and sharpen your team and transform your church.

Equipping the Saints for the Work of Service
A panel discussion about finding, developing, deploying, and supporting lay leaders to serve as ambassadors for Christ in the community and the workplace.

Developing Women’s Gifts Within the Context of Your Church
How to clearly communicate where you land in areas of female leadership while developing and deploying your female leaders.

The Church Deserves the Best Volunteers
Watermark staff will share how we recruit volunteers and turn them into leaders. You too can attract, train, and retain the volunteers your ministry needs and deserves!

Lessons for Young Leaders Shepherding People Older than Themselves
Hear biblical instruction, practical application, and lessons learned from young campus pastors leading teams of people from a variety of ages and life stages.

A Leader's Inner Life
How to be attentive and attend to one's own soul in a position of leadership.

The Most Welcoming People on Earth – Keys to an Excellent Guest Experience
Jesus is clear that the world will know us by our love. Come discover how applying His example to your guest experience will make your church the most welcoming place in your city.

Local and International Impact

Equipping the Saints for the Work of Service
A panel discussion about finding, developing, deploying, and supporting lay leaders to serve as ambassadors for Christ in the community and the workplace.

Caring for Vulnerable Children in Our Communities
Learn more about Watermark’s Life Initiative and how it can equip, organize, and mobilize your church to address abortion, foster care, and adoption.

External Focus Overview
Discover practical ways to think about your organization’s service sweet spot and to deploy the modern-day Samaritans in your church.

Global Missions Overview
Find out more about Watermark’s non-traditional approach to global missions and how God has transformed thousands of lives in our efforts to reach “the ends of the earth.”

How To Care For People Experiencing Crisis [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn more about caring for those in crisis and how to inspire your church body to be the hands and feet of Christ during times of need.

Marriage

Marriage Ministry Overview
From preparing nearlyweds, establishing newlyweds, and enriching all marriages, we'll discuss the "why" behind our Marriage Ministry model and how this strategy can transform the health of marriages in your church and community.

Connecting Church & Home: Keys to Effective Family Ministry
Learn how the church can partner with parents to train up the next generation of church leaders and explore how to equip and encourage parents for the mission of being and making disciples.

Helping Couples Survive an Affair
Learn more about responding to couples in crisis and shepherding them in the journey to healing after trust has been broken.

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Receive tools on healthy, biblical conflict resolution that will unite and sharpen your team and transform your church.

Operations

The Benefits of Being Employed by the Church
Come hear how our Church Leadership and Human Resources staff determines compensation and benefits for our employees.

How to Change your Staff Culture
Changing your staff culture is always more difficult than establishing and maintaining your staff culture. This breakout will provide practical ways to implement change, even when change is hard.

Approaches to Design, Construction, Funding, and Facilities Management
Find answers to frequently asked questions about campus development as we discuss Watermark’s facilities strategy, volunteer team structure, building design, phased construction, and when debt is used.

Using Information Technology to Help Disciple Your People
From ministry registration to pastoral care conversations, learn how to leverage technology to care for people and help them take their next step with Christ.

The Most Welcoming People on Earth – Keys to an Excellent Guest Experience
Jesus is clear that the world will know us by our love. Come discover how applying His example to your guest experience will make your church the most welcoming place in your city.

A Biblical Approach to Church Security
Discuss how to approach church security from a pastoral perspective, best practices for emergency action plans, and more.

Recovery and Counseling

Making Truth Taste Good: How to Counsel from Scripture [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn about balancing truth and grace in challenging counseling situations, essential components of biblical counsel, and time-tested methodology that helps open the heart of the hearer.

Recovery Ministry Overview
Learn how we use biblical recovery to help Christians shepherd one another through any struggle (addiction, pride, sexual struggles, codependency, depression, etc.) toward freedom in Christ.

How To Care For People Experiencing Crisis [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Learn more about caring for those in crisis and how to inspire your church body to be the hands and feet of Christ during times of need.

Addiction Free in 24 Hours
Find out how, by the Holy Spirit's will power, you can help people find freedom from addictions to porn, pills, alcohol, control/anxiety, food/body image, materialism, gossip, etc.

RE:GENERATION for Students
Staff and volunteers will share what they have learned after launching a recovery ministry for students in grades 6-12.

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Receive tools on healthy, biblical conflict resolution that will unite and sharpen your team and transform your church.

Caring for Friends who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction or Identify as LGBT+
In today's culture, the Church has failed to represent Christ to the LGBT+ community in both word and deed. Come hear how we are trying to minister to those struggling with same-sex attraction or identifying as LGBT+.

Creating a Culture of Authenticity
Confessing sin and living authentically should be major parts every believer's walk with Christ. Come and hear how the Lord has built a culture of authenticity and repentance at Watermark.

Senior Leaders

Pastoral Multiplier: Small Group Shepherding
Examine the guiding principles for community, group formation and assimilation, leader training, and how to ensure members are shepherding one another effectively.

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary
Learn how the Watermark Institute provides biblical training, discipleship, and hands-on ministry experience for the next generation of church leaders.

Managing a Busy Schedule and a Busy Life
Come and learn how a leader prioritizes their calendar to reflect a Biblical commitment to family, relationships, and ministry.

Watermark Elder Model: A Panel Discussion
The Watermark Elders discuss the model they've used for 15 years, including: the requirements for Elders, the candidate selection process, roles and expectations, and the necessity for deep community within the Elders.

A Leader's Inner Life
How to be attentive and attend to one's own soul in a position of leadership.

A Field Guide to Conflict: Navigating Our Greatest Opportunity To Love One Another [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Receive tools on healthy, biblical conflict resolution that will unite and sharpen your team and transform your church.

Take Your Teaching From Good to Great [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Come and learn best practices in persuasively, effectively, and creatively teaching God’s Word and preparing sermons.

Launching Satellite Campuses Toward Independence
Come hear our vision and strategy for launching a satellite campus towards autonomy.

Starting and Stabilizing Healthy Satellite Campuses and Local Churches
Come hear three different methods that Watermark has used to launch campuses.

Shepherding and Restoring Leaders and Staff Struggling with Sin
Come learn how to create a safe environment where key leaders and staff can confess and repent of sin, and how to move them toward restoration in Christ.

Worship

Worship Ministry Overview
Discuss what our team has learned about leading worship, shepherding the team, developing volunteers, leading rehearsals, setting vision, and developing a healthy, biblical worship culture.

Technical Production Tour
Join our Production Team as they give a tour of our front-of-house and back-of-house support systems.

Young Adults

Young Adult Ministry Overview
Find out how your church can minister to and through millennials as we discuss best practices from The Porch, our midweek ministry that reaches 3,000+ young adults every week.

College Ministry Conversation
As liberal, post-Christian ideologies abound on campuses across the country, find out how the Watermark College Ministry is answering God's call to serve students.

The Institute: Training Church Leaders Beyond the Walls of Seminary
Learn how the Watermark Institute provides biblical training, discipleship, and hands-on ministry experience for the next generation of church leaders.

Imaging God: How our View of God Affects our Discipleship and Spiritual Formation [Spanish Interpretation Available]
Explore the theology of discipleship and how to shepherd people in varying stages of spiritual maturity.

Students

Watermark Students: Reaching, Caring For, and Investing In the Next Generation
The Students team will share how they create opportunities for students (6-12 grade) to be known and accepted, taught about Jesus, and challenged to grow.

College Ministry Conversation
As liberal, post-Christian ideologies abound on campuses across the country, find out how the Watermark College Ministry is answering God's call to serve students.

RE:GENERATION for Students
Staff and volunteers will share what they have learned after launching a recovery ministry for students in grades 6-12.