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Let's go, church!

May 2-4 2023 | Dallas, TX

What's CLC?

Join church leaders to be refreshed among God's people, encouraged by God’s vision for His Church, and equipped to be even better leaders wherever God has placed you on mission.

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. 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.

See Breakouts from 2022

Ministry Workshops

We're opening our doors the day before the Church Leaders Conference officially begins to offer pre-conference Workshops. Workshops allow you and your team to take a deep dive into one of Watermark's core ministries, get personal training from ministry leaders, and connect with leaders from other churches who are passionate about the same area of ministry you are!

See Workshops from 2022

Pre-Conference Ministry Workshops

Monday, May 1, 2023
11:00 AM Registration Opens
12:30 PM Workshop Kickoff
1:15 PM Ministry Workshops
6:30 PM Showcase
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
9:00 AM Ministry Workshops
Who is this conference for?

If you’re asking that question, it’s probably for you. We believe leadership matters like nothing else – especially leadership within The Church. This conference is for anyone who feels a “weight” of responsibility at a local church or ministry. That could be pastors, church planters, elders, volunteer leaders, etc. Whether you teach every Sunday, lead in student ministry, or help with small groups, you will have the opportunity to learn from others who lead in a similar role.

At Watermark, everyone on staff – regardless of position – is expected to act like an owner and a leader. A key goal of the CLC is that the principles we discuss are relevant to every position within a church staff, including those outside traditional “ministry” roles, like IT, operations, HR, media, communications, administration, etc. Our entire staff will also be available during the conference to connect with you and answer questions.

Wondering if your church is too small or too big to get something out of the CLC? We believe there are no such things as “big” or “little” works of God. So whether your church attendance is 50 or 50,000, our prayer is that you will become a better leader in it because of our time together.

Are there any big-name speakers at this conference?

That depends on how you define “big name.”

If by “big name,” you mean “celebrity” – then no. One of the unique aspects of CLC is that there are no speakers from outside Watermark. We want to give attendees an inside look at how our church operates by giving them access to the people who run the day-to-day operations of our ministries.

But if by “big name,” you mean “big guys who also have names” – then yes! An odd number of our key leaders easily clear 6’5".

What is Watermark Community Church?

Watermark is a local expression of the Body of Christ that meets around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. But we believe that “church” is not a building – it’s a people. Every weekend, we encourage the thousands of people who worship with us to go and be the church in their homes and communities.

In the 22 years since Watermark started, it has grown from a core of eight families to more than 8,000 people attending the 3 weekend services or any of the 120+ ministries that operate throughout the week. Many of our midweek ministries are volunteer-led, including: The Porch (young adults), re|engage (marriage enrichment), and re:generation (recovery).

What is included in my ticket price?

We hope you think it's a steal!

• Three-day pass to all conference sessions and breakouts
• All conference materials (including post-conference video and audio recordings)
• Unlimited coffee, drinks, and snacks each day
• Meals provided for dinner on Tuesday, and both lunch and dinner on Wednesday

BTW - At Watermark, we take food seriously. For the CLC, we pick some of our favorite Dallas eateries and bring them to you! Our hope is to make the CLC meals the best darn conference food you’ve ever had.

What sponsorship or exhibition opportunities do you have?

We haven’t historically allowed sponsors at CLC, but if you feel like you have a unique value proposition, feel free to reach out – we love new friends. Please just know that we may not be able to respond to all requests.


Add pre-conference workshops for $50 per person.


Tuesday, May 2, 2023
12:00 PM Registration Opens
1:00 PM Session 1
3:00 PM Session 2
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Ministry Showcase
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
6:30 AM Ministry Showcase
8:00 AM Doors Open
9:00 AM Session 3
11:00 AM Breakout Session 1
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Breakout Session 2
2:45 PM Breakout Session 3
4:00 PM Session 4
5:00 PM Dinner
5:30 PM Ministry Showcase
Thursday, May 4, 2023
6:30 AM Ministry Showcase
8:00 AM Doors Open
9:00 AM Session 5


Welcome to Texas. No spurs required.


Watermark Community Church
7540 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy
Dallas, TX 75251


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