Our Mission & Vision

TURN’s Mission is “connecting churches in loving our city”.

TURN’s Vision is to see the Church of the City thrive, grow and serve more effectively.

TURN’s Hope is that our work will help congregations thrive while working collectively with other congregations as a unified “Church of the City” by acting as “one” with God and others as Jesus Prayed in John 17, caring for those in need as illustrated in Matthew 25, embodying “true religion” as described in James 1:27 and, therefore, fulfilling Luke 4:18-19 by proclaiming God’s love in tangible ways that lead to transformation within our community.

Today’s Urban Renewal Network (TURN) is a community-based non-profit organization, founded in 2004 and based in the city of Riverside. Our mission is to connect churches in loving our city.  We accomplish our mission by connecting, empowering and supporting like-minded ministries, so they may serve the hurting families in our community more efficiently, more collaboratively, and more effectively.  Our purpose is to be a “bridge” in the community.  By bringing local groups together, we have been able to achieve more comprehensive impacts than these groups have been able to accomplish, acting alone.

TURN’s local ministry focuses in three areas: facilitating a network of churches for united prayer and a stronger Church of the City in Riverside; helping churches to collaborate together to effectively care for local homeless families; and equipping and empowering churches to engage in serving the needs of local foster children.

TURN’s network is made up of over 50 local churches, representing 30,000+ Christians in the city of Riverside. The fruit of TURN’s ministry is often seen on other people’s trees in the form of:  more churches and individuals aware and engaged in compassion ministry, partner church members serving and giving to local homeless shelters and foster families, pastors serving one another – deepening their trust and fellowship, believers from different denominations praying and worshipping together, needs in the community being met by those who seek to share their time and resources, and ministry events in the community where participants feel honored and where volunteers are cheerful givers, and children and adults finding true wholeness in Jesus’ love and salvation.

Key Partners:

  • County of Riverside Child Protective Services (including the Metro Region, Family to Family, Independent Living Programs, Permanency, Group Homes)
  • Community Action Partnership – Project BLISS
  • Path of Life Ministries – Homeless Shelters
  • Lutheran Social Services – Homeless Shelters
  • 51 Local Churches of various denominations
  • Dozens of Community-Based and Faith-Based Non-Profit Organizations
  • City of Riverside – Housing, Neighborhoods & Community Development Department
  • Police and Clergy Partnership
  • Riverside Pastors Prayer Fellowship

 

TURN’s Core Values:

We value Jesus as the head and center of our organization.  We seek to be lead by the Holy Spirit, bathing every potential project in prayer.

We value relationships as we seek to be Jesus’ heart through corporate compassion efforts and united prayer & worship initiatives.

We value seeing individual’s and communities’ full spiritual destiny brought forth as they are transformed and healed physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

We value authentic and transparent communication as we relate among the Body of Christ and fellow believers.

 

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