TURN's central purpose is to bless the churches in our community by encouraging them to disciple their members to be the Church of the city, to grow spiritually through service to those in need and to begin to collaborate with their Christian brothers in order to build the Kingdom of God.
TURN is also all about marriage and family as the core foundation of the church and works to strengthen marriages and families primarily focusing on pastors and leaders in our community.
In collaboration with the ministry of Reignbridge and the International School of Reconciliation, TURN works as a bridge between those in disagreement and conflict due to religious traditions or misunderstandingss between churches or within a body of believers.
WALTER E. BURCH CHURCH EMPOWERMENT GRANT
The Board of Directors of TURN are pleased to announce the creation of the Walter E. Burch Church Empowerment Fund. TURN's mission is to not only love the church but to lift it up. Because of the call of many churches to serve in communities without the financial resources that many other churches have, they are understaffed, often have facilities in need of repair, and their pastors are called upon to bear a much greater burden than churches blessed with more resources. Despite this fact, many of these small churches in our community rise up and do awesome Kingdom work without a lot of fanfare and with very little other than their love of God and call to love others.
The Church Empowerment Fund provides the opportunity for smaller churches in our community to apply for a grant to help fund a need in their congregation, whether it be to pay the bills, hire more staff, or provide funds for a pastor get-away. TURN loves the diversity of the churches in our community which reflect God's image. The CEF Grant Program is our way of saying thank you for the selfless call of the smaller churches in our community who make a huge impact for good.
The CEF is named in honor of the beloved father of TURN's Founder and President, Libby Collier. Walter E. Burch was a minister and champion of the poor as well as those who were pushed aside by society (including the church) based on their race or societal status at a time when defending these groups meant you were pushed aside yourself. His bravery in the 1960's and 70's paved the way for systematic change in not only his denomination, but in the communities he served in Long Island, NY, Abilene, Texas and in his later years in Southern California.
If your church or a church you know would like to apply for a CEF grant, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application!