Thursday, October 18, 2007

D.Min. Seminar in Session

The 2007 Doctor of Ministry Seminar is in session at the Church of God Theological Seminary.

Students who are currently engaged in ministry from locations all over the world are on campus. At lunch today I had several very interesting conversations with students from Canada, South America, Africa, South Korea, New Orleans, and other parts the United States. These students are primarily pastors, chaplains, and educators. They are bringing such a wealth of ministerial experience and insight to the table.

My role is to guide them through the project dissertation process. It was not too long ago that I was the one sitting on the other side of the podium. Although I am facilitating a process of guidance, I truly feel that they are blessing me more than I am blessing them.

I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to serve Him by serving these wonderful servants.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chapel at COGTS

The Spirit of God is moving in remarkable ways this semester in our chapel services at the Church of God Theological Seminary (COGTS). Over the past several weeks, every sermon has pierced the heart, and our times of worship have ushered us into the throne room of the Almighty.

If you are a student at COGTS, come with expectation. If you are not a student here, we cherish your prayers. We yearn to fully participate in what God is doing in our day.

To God be the glory!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fall 2007 Prayer Gathering

On Tuesday, September 18th, the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the Church of God Theological Seminary gathered at the International Prayer Center (North Cleveland Church of God) in Cleveland, Tennessee to pray for pastors, their congregations, their communities, and their families.

The event was facilitated by Dr. Randy Turpin and the leadership team of the Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care (CPLC). Dr. James P. Bowers (Executive Director, CPLC), Dr. Milton D. Carter (Associate Director, CPLC), Dr. Ron Cason, and Douglas Holland led in prayer at key points in the service.

Jonathan Zajas led in worship; he led in the fall 2006 and spring 2007 Prayer Gatherings as well.

Prayer themes included:

  • Prayer for One Another in the Seminary Community
  • Pastors, their Families, and their Ministries
  • The Rising Generation of Pastoral Leaders
  • Pastors in the Pastoral Covenant Group Project
We invite you to covenant with us on an ongoing basis to pray for pastors. For more information, please contact Dr. Turpin at

Monday, July 23, 2007

Chattanooga Prayer Ministry Teams to Launch

City Church of Chattanooga (TN) will be launching a new Sunday morning prayer ministry on August 12, 2007. During each of the two Sunday morning services while worship is still in progress, trained prayer ministers will position themselves inconspicuously near the front of the church to pray with people at the altar.

Over the past two months, three teams of prayer ministers have completed basic training and orientation for this new ministry. Particular attention has been given to the use of Spirit-enabled prayer models.

For more information on providing prayer ministry training for your congregation, contact Dr. Turpin at

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ministerial Education: Online Opportunities

Online training opportunities are becoming increasingly more accessible for individuals desiring a ministerial education. Here are a few options available through institutions associated with the Church of God:
Take note of my article below entitled, "Dr. Turpin's Upcoming Courses at the Seminary."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tiffany Turpin and Jonathan Zajas to Wed!

Wonderful news! Our daughter, Tiffany, and Jonathan Zajas will be getting married on July 28th!

Jonathan is the worship leader at Hamilton Life Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tiffany also serves at Hamilton Life; she is their drama director. They met at Lee University about eighteen months ago.

After their wedding, both Jonathan and Tiffany will continue their studies at Lee.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Dr. Turpin's Upcoming Courses at the Seminary

This summer and fall (2007), I hope that you will be able to join us for at least one of the masters level courses that I will be teaching through the online program of the Church of God Theological Seminary:

1. Developing Congregational Prayer Ministries is a new course that familiarizes the student with a broad range of prayer models. Course work includes reading assignments, small group exercises, prayer assignments, reflective writing, and the crafting of strategies for applying prayer as a personal discipline and as a function of ministry.

Through this course, the student will form his/her own Prayer Action Team for the purpose of assessing prayer in the local context and developing prayer strategies to respond to the unique needs of the student's setting.

2. Pentecostal Foundations for Theology, Study and Ministry is the first course that students are encouraged to take when they enroll at the seminary. This course is designed to equip students for theological study and ministry. It involves orientation to the seminary curriculum, assessment of the student's capacities and calling, and an overview of the nature of education within our seminary. (This is a hybrid course involving a short on-campus seminar in addition to the online work.)

3. Formational Leadership is a course where I have been able to integrate many of the Spirit-enabled ministry concepts that were so vital to our work in our pastoral years. In this course, the student forms and facilitates a ministry planning team and walks them through a development process that intentional integrates prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit. (This is a hybrid course involving a short on-campus seminar in addition to the online work.)

In a addition to these online courses, I also facilitate one of the Community of Faith Groups. This group is more of a fellowship than it is a course. With a group of eight to twelve students, we take a journey in which we experience what it means to be a "community of faith."

To enroll, visit

Thursday, February 08, 2007

To Know Him Better

In those moments when we sense the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit, do we pause to ask Him, "Lord, why are you here? What do you desire to do?"

At times He may be moving upon us and within us to motivate and anoint some word or deed that He desires from us. On other occasions, He may be drawing us into prayer. At yet other times, perhaps something much more personal is going on.

There have been those moments when I have felt His nearness, and I have stopped to ask Him that question: "What do you desire of me Lord?"

I have almost been surprised to hear Him whisper, "I just want to be with you."

It reminds me of Paul's prayer for the Ephesians:
"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better" (Ephesians 1:17, NIV).
Should you sense the Spirit's nearness today, inquire of His intentions. Allow Him to draw you into a more intimate knowledge of God the Father and Jesus the Son.

Monday, January 08, 2007

2007: Changing Priorities and Paradigms

The recent prophetic insights for 2007 shared by J. Lee Grady (editor of Charisma) are worth pondering. He foresees specific ways in which this new year will be (or should be) a time for changing priorities and paradigms.

See the article as it appears in Faith News.