All posts by Rev. Paul M. Turner

Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Rev. Paul M. Turner grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He was called to Atlanta in 1994 to pastor All Saints MCC. Five years later he founded Gentle Spirit Christian Church. He lives in Decatur with his husband Bill, who he met in 1982 while living and working in Ohio and legally married in 2015.

This Week’s Message

“Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore them, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.”  Galatians 6:2-3 (MSG)

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“If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
That was the last thing the young person expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, they walked away. They were holding on tight to a lot of things, and couldn’t bear to let them go.”  Matthew 19:21-22  (MSG)

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Good Afternoon Folks,

Just wanted to touch based with our members, friends and supporters of the Gentle Spirit Christian Church. Despite Gov. Kemp’s announcement this afternoon about opening business on Friday , and allowing churches to gather for Worship services under a strict adherence to social distancing rules, we WILL NOT be opening the Church Office or returning to Candler Park for Worship service just yet.

After discussion with our staff and other area pastor’s it has been decided we will act with extreme caution for our friends, members and supporters by operating as we have for the last several weeks in accordance to CDC guidelines.

I shall remain available via phone, text, video conferencing and email. Worship will be live streamed from Facebook 10:30am Sundays and our mid-week meditation will continue Wednesdays at 7pm. I know there are some who will disagree with our choice. However, I would rather spend a few extra weeks apart so that when we do come together we will be reasonably  sure we are not spreading a dangerous virus among our folks.

God Bless, Rev. Paul M. Turner (Pastor Paul) Senior Pastor

This Week’s Message

Welcome to the New Week

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”  1 Peter 3:8-12 The Message (MSG)

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Gentle Spirit Christian Church’s 2nd Response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19

Again, for all of you that are being impacted by the Corona Virus either physically or economically, directly or indirectly, Mine and the Church’s prayers go out to you. This is a difficult, challenging and frightening time for all of us and support from our friends and family is critical to us coming through this.

As for worship on Sunday morning’s” After much prayer, discussion, and more prayer is has been decided there will no services in Candler Park until Easter Sunrise at 7:10 AM.  Even this will be subject to how things are going with the containment of the virus.  We are doing this out of our need to be cautious and responsible to the folks who show up to services by not putting them  in a position of risk. Also it has become clear one of the best things people can do to help stop this virus is stay at home.

Remember each week’s message will be posted on our website and on Facebook. Also, please note our expenses do not stop during this time, so please send your tithes and offerings to the church office 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, Georgia 30030.

I will be checking in with folks via FB or phone during this time.  I can be reached through the Church office.  Even though the office is closed for now we are monitoring the phone and calls will be returned ASAP.

I am not as technically savvy as some of my friends and colleagues but with the help of Mike T. and others I will find the tools needed to keep the communications open, consistent and the message of GSCC out there.

We are encouraging these common-sense precautions to help protect our Community.

First and foremost, we encourage you to follow the CDC’s recommendations about preventing the spread of the virus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
    · Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    · Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    · Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. We will make sure there is plenty of these at each service.
    · Additional information can be found here:

Finally but not least Billy and I have found great comfort from this particular scripture: Philippians 4:4-9 (MSG)

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

The challenges are great but our God is greater and we will come through this together stronger than ever.

God Bless,
Rev. Paul M. Turner-Sr. Pastor