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Un-Christian!

Posted in culture with tags , on May 20, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Christianity has an image problem!

These are the first words of David Kinnaman’s book UnChristian! It is a fantastic read and challenges many things that Christians hold up as being sacred cows. UnChristian is the outworking of 3 years research into what the Mosaic’s and Busters generation (16-29yrs) think about Christians and the Church. UnChristian also includes insights from several leading church leaders and thinkers who are on the frontline of ministering to those outside the Christian faith.

I really like this book because I believe Scripture clearly shows that God cares for everyone, especially those outside the Christian faith. As a Christian and church leader I need to not only be equipped with the right information but have a heart for people who do not know Christ. I then need to translate this knowledge and heart to those I lead to encourage them to engage more with those outside our faith.

We need to know what people think about Christianity because what people think about God becomes the reality that they approach God with. What is clear from my own observation and readings from this book, outsiders perception of Christianity reflect a church infatuated with itself. Outsiders think we no longer represent what Jesus had in mind. We are all responsible to change this perception, not just Christian leaders.

I want to lead a church that engages with outsiders in a real, relevant and loving way. I don’t want to lead a church that is infatuated with itself and is caught up in the net of Christian sub-culture. This means we have to review some of our rituals, habits and approaches to God and to our community that do not reflect God’s heart for people who don’t know him.

I encourage you to read the book and to recapture God’s heart for people outside the Christian faith.

Lead the Change!

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Building the Future!

Posted in culture with tags , , on April 28, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

At Activate Church we have been going through a process of re-clarifying and articulating what our core values are as we move forward into building our future. I want to share with you what we have observed are the most important values in our church culture.

There are 3 basic levels of culture: 1 – Visible things (What you observe on the surface. First impressions last); 2 – Values (Just under the surface and inform what is visible); 3 – Assumptions (Deepest level of culture and becomes what is assumed in people’s hearts and “the way we do things around here”)

A core value is a standard, principle and marker that informs what’s most important in our culture and what we are not prepared to compromise upon. Every church and organisation have core values that inform the culture and atmosphere of how it is run. These values are supposed to be a filter by which you make decisions upon, recruit potential leaders by and inform the activities of your ministry.

Once you have clarified your core values, you then need to decide how you are going to imbibe the culture and help people embrace these values as assumptions. You can do this through stories, symbols, visuals, teaching, example, social media and publications.

At Activate church we have 3 CORE VALUES and we express them in the following ways.

We VALUE:

  1. Biblical Life
  2. Innovative Leadership
  3. Authentic Relationships

Over the next 4 months we will be communicating these values at every level of the church and intentionally imbibing the heart and soul of the church in what is most important to us. In August I will be teaching a 4 week series on these values and what we are going to be building the future upon. This series will be accompanied by visuals, stories, examples, life group studies and social media to reinforce the culture we are wanting to become stronger in and it will culminate in a Building the Future offering for our future facility needs.

I hope you’ve found this blog helpful for your own context and that it has stirred your thinking about what it is that you VALUE!

Lead the Change!

No other NAME!

Posted in culture, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The average person is exposed to approximately 3,000 ads everyday through a variety of media. Everyday we are bombarded with slick advertising telling us what we lack and what we need to fulfill our lives and make life more comfortable in some way. Our culture promises success and satisfaction if we drive the right type of car and wear the right type of clothes. Because of this pressure in our culture we desire to be associated with those brands that make us feel like we belong and fit in with the culture around us.

Brands like BMW, Versace, Nike and names like Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama and Madonna provoke certain images and feelings that brands like BIG W and Brendon Fevola just do not. Unfortunately as a society we place more value and trust in the brand names of this world than we do in the name that is above every other name – JESUS!

Jesus name is not a theory, a doctrine or a swear-word but it is a powerful person who rose from the dead, is the Son of God and is alive and active in the world today. The devil fears the name of Jesus because there is power in that name to heal the sick, raise the dead and save people from sin. 

Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to salvation (John 14:6). There are not may ways to salvation – Buddha can’t save you, Krishna can’t save you, Hugo Boss or Apple Mac can’t save you… Only Jesus can save you! John 10:10 tells us that death & destruction is associated with the name of the devil but only life and abundance is associated with the name of Jesus.

Who or what are you putting your trust in? How are you using the name of Jesus Christ in your life? How are you wearing the brand of Jesus Christ in the world?

Lead the Change!