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Activate Conference 2-4 April 2010

Posted in activate church with tags on March 30, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Activate Conference is upon us starting this Thursday night the 2nd of April. Why don’t you register today for 3 nights and 2 days (other options available) of incredible teaching and encounter with God.

You will be equipped to make a greater difference in the world and be inspired to fulfill your calling in a greater way. Speakers like John Cameron, Matt Fielder, Andrew Newbold, David McCracken, Alun Davies and others are coming to share with you insights that will help you lead the change right where you are.

You can find out more about registering today at www.activate09.com

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Gospel + Culture + Church

Posted in activate church, church, Leadership, ministry, Pop Culture with tags , , , , on March 29, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I am reading a book currently called, “The Radical Reformission” by Mark Driscoll. I have read his other book, “Confessions of a Reformission Rev” and it was fantastic…a must read.

In the opening chapters of his book he touches on 3 important crucial elements of the Bible: Gospel + Culture + Church. Mark talks about the triangular movement of the gospel through the culture and into the church. This is a very helpful way for us to understand the intersection of all three of these important biblical themes. Here are some of my thoughts added to Mark’s:

  1. The gospel of Jesus is the heart of the Scriptures
  2. The culture is where we live and what shapes us
  3. The church is the “called out” (ekklesia) people of God

For us to truly be a missional people that is making a significant difference for the advancement of God’s kingdom then we need to heed Jesus’ call to firstly, the gospel (Loving our Lord); Secondly, the culture (Loving our neighbour) and: Thirdly, the church (Loving our brother).

Where mission breaks down in church life is when 1 or 2 of these crucial elements aren’t being engaged effectively. When this happens, mission starts to look like this:

  • Gospel + Culture – Church = Parachurch:Many Christians are so frustrated with the church that they bring the gospel into the culture without it. What happens is that Christians get disconnected from the local church, connecting pre-Christian people to Jesus without connecting them to the rest of Jesus’ people.
  • Culture + Church – Gospel = Liberalism: Some churches can get so concerned with being culturally relevant, that though they are deeply involved in culture, they neglect the gospel. They convert people to good works and the church but not to Jesus. 
  • Church + Gospel – Culture = Fundamentalism: Some churches are more into the traditions of their church and the politics involved in church life that they rarely take it out of the church. They know the gospel theologically but aren’t engaging with it outside of the church walls practically.
  • Gospel + Culture + Church = Missional (Best case scenario):Being a missional church is the intersection of the best of these types of Christianity and living in the tension of what I call culturally accessible and yet theologically conservative. Being missional is about being driven by the gospel to love people in the culture and connecting them into God’s House.

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The tension between success and failure!

Posted in global issues, goals, Leadership, ministry, Pop Culture, Spirituality with tags , on March 28, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Most of us have our own ideas of what success and failure is. Alot of our perception of success and failure is shaped by the culture we grow up in and are currently apart of. Many of us fear failure and hunger for success but it’s quite possible to spend our entire lives leaning our ladder against the wrong building thinking that what we are investing our lives in is well worth it, when in fact it isn’t.

Being a full time minister and senior leader of a local church, I know all too well the tension that exists between success and failure in the ministry. Success and failure is not something we talk alot about in ministry circles, it remains a taboo subject. Most of our discussion on the subject has to do with the question, “How many members are in your church?” After the number is shared, opinions are formed and conclusions made.

I haven’t heard any preacher ever talk about the subject from a biblical perspective and yet it’s something that’s just under the surface of our hearts and drives alot of what we do and don’t do, even if we would hesitate to admit it.

Over the years, apart from God’s Word, I have read a couple of books that have contributed to my thinking about success and failure and they would be worthwhile additions to your library (I will include these books in my ‘Books Reading’ PAGE later today).

Many of us define success to be the accumulation of material possessions and popular experiences: houses, cars, clothes, boats, overseas holidays, etc. While these things are not bad in themselves, life has to have more depth to it than just working to purchase the right things. It’s recorded in Ecclesiastes 1-2 that the richest man who possibly ever lived, King Solomon himself,  said that after pursuing riches, wisdom and toil that all is vanity and a striving after the wind. In other words it’s meaningless.

We must sure to be careful how we dfine success and failure because whatever we define it to be that will become what we chase after and what we desperately try to avoid.

One of my close friends has shared an insightful thought to this discussion by saying that he doesn’t believe in the concept of failure because every experience is a learning opportunity to be more successful next time. Failure is not an event, we just live our lives and discover along the journey of life and this discovery helps us to become more fruitful. For him the issue is whether we are fruitful or not. He uses the analogy of the GPS in our cars. Once you program your destination in to the GPS, you can make as many wrong turns as you like but the GPS will get you back on track. So the same is in the journey of life. We can make wrong turns but as long as God is our GPS and we are open to His guidance, He can get us back on track.

For me, I have wrestled with the tension between success and failure because I have wanted to succeed…whatever that means. I do have some ideas about the tension that exists between success and failure and what these twin issues are. Alot of my thoughts have been shaped by the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel 15. Check it out. I am going to be sharing my thoughts at Activate Conference next week at the 9am Friday morning session. Register to hear what I believe will be helpful for your own life and ministry. 

I would like your feedback on what you think about what I’ve shared in this blog and I will pick this theme back up next Thursday.

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Build a leadership culture!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

leadership_1_I had a fantastic and honest discussion with one of my closest ministry friends today about the desperate need for strong leadership development in church life. Bob Buford (author of ‘Halftime’) once said, “Leadership is always the issue in any organisation.”

Organisations don’t run by themselves, nor are they sustained by just a few people. Organisations become effective over a long period of time because of the strong leadership culture that is developed within them.

Every organisation has roles and responsibilities needing to be filled and occasionally we source people from outside the organisation to fill those slots but by far the greatest method of raising up leaders is to adopt the farm system, where you develop leaders from the ground up. Easier said than done…I know!

We can spend considerable time hoping, wishing and believing for that great leader to come in from nowhere and solve all your problems but rarely, if ever, does this happen. You need to be intentional and strategic about building a leadership culture. This could look like the following:

  • Once a week teach leadership to your key staff for 30mins with Q&A at the end
  • Once a week spend 1-2hrs mentoring your top 3 team members
  • Once a fortnight get your key leaders in a room and teach, eat, relate and gear their stories for 2hrs
  • Once a month get all your key influencers in your organisation for training for 2hrs
  • Once every 2 months do a leadership Sunday at church and lift the value of leadership up

The apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:2, “What you have heard from me in the presence of mant witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

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There are not many pathways to God!

Posted in apologetics, Pop Culture, Sexuality, Spirituality with tags , , , on March 25, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet
Jesus is the only WAY!

Jesus is the only WAY!

We are living in a world where people think that there are many pathways to God or Heaven. This is unbiblical and not true. By the way, there is such a thing as absolute truth, regardless of what post-modernists say. Everything is not relative to the inidividual. Absolute truth is summed up in the person of Jesus Christ. He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”

I read the book of 1st Corinthians this morning and the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 says, “As to the eating of fooed offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many gods and many lords – yet for us there is one God, the Father from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

We have one God made up of 3 persons in the Godhead – Father, Son & Holy Spirit. In the same way that a married couple becomes one flesh when they sleep together, so too the three persons in the Godhead are one because of the divine community they share with each other. Marital sex is a limited picture of the oneness of God, not the act but the concept.

The next time you hear someone sprouting off multiple pathways to heaven, peace or God, remind yourself of these scriptural truths and stay steadfast in your belief in the oneness of God and in Christ as being the only way to the Father.

For further reading on the subject, other than the bible pick up a copy of “Jesus among other gods” by Ravi Zacharias.

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Intentional Living!

Posted in goals, Leadership, ministry, Stress management, time management with tags , , , on March 24, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

If you want to achieve a goal in life your diary needs to reflect that intention. Many people have their hearts full of dreams and wishes but never align anything in their day to day life with their goals.

Goals without strategy are only pipe dreams caught in a vaccum. For your goals to be realised you need to allocate strategic time to them.

Currently I am writing my second book. I want to write a 2nd edition to my first book on Vision and I want to bring out a 3rd book on my perspectives on leadership later in the year. This is on top of preaching most weekends at Activate and at outside engagements once a month. As well as this i teach every now and then at the academy and I have the privilege of being a husband and a father. I have goals for each of these areas of my life and for my health and the list goes on.

If I am going to realise my goals in these areas I must get a reality check and see how I am actually going to fulfill  these important opportunities and challenges before me. The same goes for you. Don’t spend your life wishing, hoping and dreaming about what could be. Start pursuing a few concrete goals and schedule time into your life to bring them into reality. Much of day to day life is about getting clear on what you want or what you are responsible for and going after it.

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Cut to the chase!

Posted in Leadership, Stress management with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

One of the richest resources we have is time. You cannot buy back time, you can only spend it. We better make sure that we use it wisely and effectively. Scripture says, to “make the best use of the time we have because the days are evil.”

One of the ways that we can make good use of the time we have is to cut to the chase. This is a common statement that promotes getting to the point of something quickly. In our communication with people we need to work on being clear and succinct without losing the fulness of what we’re trying to communicate.

In our business dealings we need to get to the point of the product or the conversation because customers value clarity and understanding what purpose the service or product has to them.

We need to cut to the chase in our time management rather than allow pro-crastination and distractions take us off the main thing. Keep the main thing, the main thing. Get to the point and get there quickly. There is too much happening in the world to beat around the bush and waste people’s time and our time as well.

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