Churchone or "churchonenow.com" rose out of a singular passion for the desire of Christ as expressed in John 17. On the night before He was to die ignominiously for the sin of mankind, Jesus had two things on His mind: His Glory and His Bride's Unity. We believe that the present fractured state of the church has diminished His Glory and wish to encourage our Christian brothers in "being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3
We see this as a command of God - not a pretty notion the Apostle Paul thought he'd entertain in a first century world. It's a cry the Church has long lacked the ears to hear. We persist in our diatribes against the groups of believers with whom we disagree. This, my brothers, ought not to be.
Churchone is an effort to spread the word about God's heart in the area of Christian unity and is headed up by Jim Turner, former youth director and pastor, father, businessman. Jim has enjoyed the opportunity to make an enormous number of mistakes in his 25 plus years of ministry. (I have quite a number of people that would que up to testify to the same.) These mistakes or let's be candid - blatant failures as a follower of Christ and outright sinfulness in rebellion to His clear word - have taught me that my own soul is barely being saved. How can I lash out in judgment of another! My only success is that I've continued to plead to my Savior for mercy - I have no other "personal victories" to offer you to commend myself. I do have a good share of experience dealing with disputes among believers and hope my learned lessons can benefit you or your church in some way.
In that light I do have one redeeming quality or, depending on your perspective, one glaring fault. I'm passionate and absolutely committed to the unquestioned authority of God's Word and, in context, God's call to Unity found throughout its pages. Lest I be misunderstood, I am not committed to one man's interpretation of the Bible. I'm committed to the intrinsic veracity of the Word of the Living God. I believe God spoke to us as an expression of His desire for His own glory and for the establishment of relationship with His creatures. All truth statements both Christian and secular must be weighed against its truth statements. I also firmly accept that the Holy Spirit of God is perfectly capable of bringing any person to a correct understanding of His Word.
That being said, the commitment of Churchone is to measure every opinion, interpretation, hermenuetic, etc. against the clear and undisputed touchstone of the Word. We will differ on many things but always defer to the Scriptures for answers.
More about the director of churchone, Jim is married to an incredible woman of faith and they have a blended family of ten children. They all live in the picturesque Pacific Northwest city of Portland, OR. Jim is also partner in the discipleme.com ministry. He is the Director of Advancement for Prepare the Way Ministries. Missionary to the Bahamas. Teacher of teens and twenty-somethings in classes like Communicating the Gospel and Old Testament Introduction. Entreprenuer and business owner (payfixx.com). Passionate about the truth. Enjoys Teaching, One on One Discipleship, hiking, NFL Football (Go Colts!), Traveling, Business, Writing, and a hearty Bible discussion with enthusiastic believers. Seeks out Christian brothers on fire for God - we all need the encouragement!