Archive for Change

Globalisation + Innovation + Change (Clip)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 13, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

We have to think GLOBAL and act local!

We have to INNOVATE to be remarkable!

We have to CHANGE if we are to grow and stay relevant!

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Obamania!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 22, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I have been following the latest updates on Barak Obama’s inaugaration as Presidente USA! I am fascinated by Obama’s leadership strategy in winning the presidency but i am equally fascinated by people’s response to him both in America and all over the world.

Some of the responses from journalists and the general populace give me the feeling like we are back in the glory days of the Roman Empire as the emporer rode through the streets on his ‘beast’ of a chariot. There’s no doubt that Americans wanted change, needed change and have now got it but this whole event highlights the desperate need the world has for true superhero’s to rescue us all from global sicknesses.

People are searching for answers and for leaders who will not only give us those answers but know how to bring them into reality. There has never been a better time for the church to rise up and provide the leadership that the world needs…but does it want leadership from us and are we even prepared to give the world what it needs to hear.

Unfortunately preaching in our pulpits every Sunday isn’t going to cut it completely or get the job done, there needs to be accompanying strategic action taken to not only communicate the gospel virally but allow Christ to be so formed in us that we become epidemic carriers of God’s love, power & truth everywhere we go.

How long will Obama’s honeymoon last? The records of history show not very long (for more insight into this check out mark sayers.wordpress.com). However, we can take a leaf out of the first lady’s book when she said, “being the first lady gives me a great platform to bring about change”.

Let me let you in on a little secretthe world doesn’t get changed ‘only’ from the top down but from the ground up as well…History records that the greatest positive change the world has ever seen started at the grass roots. 2000 years ago Jesus was born in a stable far away from the palaces of the kingdoms of this world but from this humble beginning redfined the entire record of history itself.

If you’re a follower of Christ, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is alive in you. You have all the platform you need to begin to initiate change in your own life, your work environment and in your relationships because this is where change begins. Get God’s vision for change, get contagious about it and get moving on it and one day people will be looking at you saying, “Gee, they’ve got a great platform to change things in the world”.

Lead the Change!

My answers to 5 most important questions!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 8, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

A regular subscriber to INSIGHT has asked me to share my answers to the 5 most important questions i blogged about a couple of days ago. So here they are:

  1. What is our mission? Lead the Change
  2. Who are our customers? People who don’t have a relationship with Jesus
  3. What do the customers value? Authentic community, personal growth, to make a difference.
  4. What are our results? Number of lost people living a Christ-centred way of life.
  5. What is our plan? Mission, Prayer, Leadership, Technology, Resourcing, Marketing

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One Church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 30, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Ephesians 4:4 says, “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Count how many times the Apostle Paul uses the words ‘one’ in this passage…I think God is trying to make a point. We are supposed to be representative’s of the oneness of God and be one church.

I have struggled at times with how to bridge the gap between churches in my own region when we all come from differing theological perspectives and rituals. Despite our differences we have many points of unity (as outlined in this passage) including one Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our salvation.

We must be willing to climb over the spiritual walls we have erected around ourselves and make ourselves vulnerable to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and agree to work together to build God’s kingdom across the earth. Recently i heard of a pastor who initiated a concept called ‘ONE PRAYER’ . He invited pastors from around the world to answer the question: If there was one prayer you could pray for the church what would it be?

The response was incredible! 14,000 pastor’s from around the world chose to participate in answering that question for their own local congregations and during a 4 week period in 2008 all 14,000 churches preached a series in their churches called ‘One Prayer’ and allowed pastors from other congregations to preach in their pulpits the answer to that question. At the end of the 4 week series all the churches took up an offering for church plants and put it towards the planting of 500 churches across the world.

WOW! This is a revolutionary idea that worked in one part of the Body of Christ and similar ideas like it can work in your region as well. Pull down the walls you’ve created that isolates you from other Christians and churches in your area and reach out to them building this one church Jesus called us to be.

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When God changes you!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 17, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Have you ever been conscious of God working in your life and transitioning you from one way of living and looking at the world to another way of living and looking at the world.

Most of us seem to skim through life and fail to notice the subtle changes that God is provoking in us but of late i have been conscious of God’s spirit at work in my own heart changing the way i think and the way i interact with the world around me.

This is exciting and scary at the same time. My ideas are becoming more creative and i am looking at the world through a different lens than i did even 12 months ago. I feel this sense of anticipation about what God is going to produce through me as a result of these changes.

Where is God at work in you today? Are you too busy to even notice? Do you sense God’s spirit wanting to tweak some things inside of you or are you just barreling ahead without paying attention to His whispers?

I challenge you today to take time out to reflect on what God is wanting to tweak in you. He has a plan for your life that requires growth and development on your part. The more you are open to his working inside of you the more you will become sensitive to the changes happening to you.

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We Must Change!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I’m fired up! I’ve just finished reading Mark Mittleburg’s book “Becoming a Contagious Church”.

It’s been a fantastic read and very challenging. The basic premise of the book is that evangelism is the central purpose of the church and thus it needs a disproportionate investment from the church into it. Mark outlines a 6 stage process for helping a church become contagious evangelistically (read the book to discover the 6 practical stages).

Evangelism entropy is something that is an issue in every church i have been apart of. The natural default of christians is to get distracted from the cause of the Gospel because it’s challenging and requires courage.

We need to change the trend towards evangelistic entropy and start to consitently give ourselves to the purpose for which Jesus came to earth in the first place – to seek and save the lost.

This begins with getting contagious yourself because if you don’t, no one else will. This begins with prayer and prayer must permeate every aspect of evangelism for it to be effective.

The church must change if we are to become more effective in reaching the unchurched. We must examine our hearts and dicern how serious we are about what really mattters to God. We must seek to be trained in how to share our faith story effectively. We must discover new and innovative ways to elevate the value of evangelism in our church communities if we are to fulfill the Great Commission.

I personally feel like i have been on a journey over the last few years where God has been testing my heart on these matters. I have come to the conclusion that i must change the way i think, the way i do ministry and the way i lead the church to engage in evangelism. This has been a very challenging process but one that i’ve needed to take on.

How about you? Where is your heart at when it comes to intentionally connecting with the unchurched? Is evangelism an afterthought, something that lies at the back of your mind as a distant idea or is it forefront and primary to the way you live your life. Something must change and we’re called to lead the change in the world. I encourage you to go on a journey with God over his heart for the unchurched and allow His Spirit to open your eyes and your ears to the cry of humanity for God!

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Lead the Change!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Lead the Change

There is a statement that i make frequently around our church and it is, “change is the only constant in this church.” Never was this more true during a recent phase of change in our church. A lot of things changed in our church, including: the name of the church; internal structures; office relocation; worship service relocation and our methods of communication including the website www.activatechurch.com

Even in our short history of two and a half years, it’s been interesting to observe how we have responded to the recent changes. Overall, the church has been very positive and taken full ownership of the direction God is taking us in. One of the things we need to keep in mind is that it’s naive to assume that churches are open to change. Churches traditionally glamourise the past and avoid future innovation.

One of the stats that help us understand why change is challenging for all churches is that 52% of Australians are more “steadiness” oriented than “driver” or “creator” oriented when it comes to change. Steadiness is an important quality to have and we all need loads of consistency in our lives (My wife has taught me much about this). But when it comes to the issue of somehting needing to change, a “driver” or “creator” approach is essential for the change to become reality.

Joshua 1:1-9

In Joshua 1:1-9 we read about God’s challenge to Joshua, Israel’s new leader, after Moses had just died. God says, “Moses, my servant is dead, now therefore arise.” The word arise means to get up and change your position. Here Joshua was mourning his leader and friends death and God says, enough is enough, its time to change and move forward into what I have for you. In the following verses i have found principles of change that can help all of us handle change effectively and lead the change in the world around us.

Change is necessary when the smell of death is in your ministry – Too many leaders are riding a dead horse and they don;t even know it. Leaders must develop their sense of smell and know when they walk into a ministry environment if something is a bit wiffy or not. Joshua was a leader but even he needed God to come and state the obvious to him before he would change. We need to confront the brutal facts about what’s really dead in our ministries and respond accordingly.

Change begins with you before anyone else – God begins with Joshua because Joshua is the leader. Change begins with you, not someone else. How can you lead the change if you aren’t changing yourself. Become the change you want to see in the world around you.

Change requires you to step out into new opportunities – You can’t take people where you haven’t been yourself. Joshua had to step out before the rest of the nation could claim their inheritance. Don;t cap the people around you because you’re unwilling to take steps of faith into new opportunities. Make room for your ministry and step out!

Change requires a clarity of vision – God gave Joshua a clarity of vision. Each of the changes that Joshua made was in alignment with the end in mind. We need to be strategic about the changes we make in our lives so that it’s in alignment with the vision God’s given to us. Don;t change it if it doesn’t fit with the vision.

Change requires a conviction that God’s with you – Moses may not have entered the Promised Land but he had enough wisdom to say to God, “if your presence doesn’t go with us, do not let us go up from here.” Moses knew that if God’s presence was not with them, it didn’t matter what they tried to do. Be sure that God is in the changes you are intending to make. How do you know? Ask him and observe the fruit of the intending change.

Change requires courage – There’s no two ways about it. You need ticker if you’re going to lead the change. Only couragous people dare initiate change. The greater the change, the more that genuine courage is needed.

Change requires you to be careful to follow God’s instructions – Change is prickly at the best of times but change really goes pear shaped when you start to ignore God’s instructions. Obedience is the key to success and God made sure that Joshua was clear on the instructions before he led the change. You need to administer the same wisdom as you lead the change yourself.

Be encouraged by Joshua’s encounter with God and align your leadership with God’s principles of change and you too can lead the change effectively.

Leading the change with you!