Reflections of a Closed Church

Reflections of a Closed Church

One year ago this week, my wife April and I shared with the small group of partners remaining in Full Life Community Church, that we were closing the church. Our youngest daughter Charis was less than one month old and April was still on maternity leave. After nine years of planting Full Life Community Church, collectively reaching over 400 people but never amassing more than 60 people in one season, we discovered that God had a unique purpose for our church and it had been fulfilled. Full Life Community Church became a safe place for people to heal from however they’d been hurt. Some came to the church having been hurt by previous church leaders in their former church. Some came to the church having been hurt by their former spouse or significant other. Some came to the church having been hurt by their parents or extended family. In retrospect, we were the safe place for hurting people. 

Corey and April Tabor at the launch of Full Life Community Church September 11, 2011

The reality of being an emergency room, hospital, or rehabilitation center; however you may want to phrase it is, hurting people struggle to invest in others because they are in crisis mode fighting for their lives. We would never expect a person in emergency surgery for a lacerated liver to get off the operating table and assist in a surgery in the next operating room. In retrospect, those who came hurting, struggled to give as much of themselves to assist in ministry as they would had they been healthy.

God in his sovereignty, gave us the gift of hurting people knowing we would know how to love them through hurt. God in his wisdom, allowed us to steward hurting people because he knew when they healed, they would be more impactful in the kingdom. For professional and personal courtesy, I will not mention the names of former members who are doing amazing work in the city, state, and nation. I’ll just say thank you for the gift of your presence, your belief in the vision, and entrusting your spiritual care to us in the season you were there.

Yesterday, I cleared the last of what has been four different storage units since 2009. 

The bible says in Malachi 3:10, ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’

Honestly from early on in our church life, we were given items that needed to be stored including high level executive desks and military grade bookshelves. We were constantly looking for ways to give things away because God had kept his promise of pouring blessings we could not completely store.

The final storage unit number was 2020 which happens to be this year but is also the measurement used to validate perfect vision. As I packed up contact cards, offering envelopes, Discover Full Life Partnership Manuals, children’s toys, sound equipment, music stands, HDMI cables, and computer monitors; my mind start flashing back to Sunday morning finishing a sermon (because I was bi-vocationally pastoring), loading equipment in our two family cars, driving to the meeting location, unloading equipment, leading prayer for our leaders, setting up, leading worship, preaching a message, and then breaking it all down, loading it all up and bringing it all home to do it again the next week. 

As I cleared storage unit #2020, I treasured the many memories that are now stored in my heart of marriages that were restored, children that accepted Jesus, businesses that were built, and babies that were dedicated. 

On February 21, 2014, Anaia Naomi Tabor was born to us our first child, after having had a miscarriage in 2011 and finding out we were pregnant on June 6, 2013, our 10th wedding anniversary. The next day, February 22, 2014, was the first Sunday we were hosting our services in a newly leased spaced. God used gifted leaders to support us in our time of transitioning into parenthood. 

A little over a month later on March 30, 2014, we dedicated the worship space and we dedicated our daughter back to God. I had no idea that this would be one of the last times I would worship with my mother who transitioned to heaven on April 4, 2015 or that it would be the place where I would complete my Master of Ministry Leadership degree in 2017. 

I also cherished the challenging seasons of trying to monthly pay rent as it increased and annually. I cherished the seasons of depression and disappointment. I treasured the seasons of movement and transition of those who were there in the beginning, the middle and ultimately the end. As I reflected, all I could say was, “Thank you Jesus for 9 years of meaningful ministry. Thank you for the ways to challenged me to trust you when I could not trace you. Thank you for the ways you taught me to repent when I made mistakes and the ways you challenged me to love my wife as Christ loved the church and laid down his life for her. Thank you for entrusting this flock to me for this season. Thank you that I know you’re pleased and are saying well done good and faithful servant, not because I was a perfect pastor but because I was willing to do what he asked me to do. Obedience was and is my standard of success. In Genesis 6:22, the Bible says, “Noah did everything God commanded him.” 

I did not pastor perfectly, but no one can say I did not pastor passionately, persistently, and purposefully. I know with all my heart, I did my best and God was honored. 

Today, as members of Celebration Central Austin, we will dedicate our youngest daughter Charis Dawn who was our grace baby. She’s the gift that God brought out of losing my mother-in-law and father-in-law to cancer within 6 months in 2017. She’s the gift of my wife completing her second master’s degree in school administration and become an assistant principal. She the gift that reminds me, we cannot nor do we need to earn God’s love.

I always encouraged our members to mark milestones in their lives like weddings and wedding anniversaries, births and birthdays, graduations and home sales. Because as we mark milestones, we build virtual Ebenezer milestones or reminders of who God is, what he has said, and what he has done. He has been faithful in the past to complete what he began and he will do the same in this season.

So, now as I transition into ministering as a primarily speaker, author, and coach to schools, nonprofits and churches, I am looking through the windshield of amazing opportunities while glancing in my rearview mirror to remember that God can do it and he will do it again!

If I can be of service to you or your organization, don’t hesitate to contact me at www.coreytabor.com/booking or call me at (512) 710-8410, my business number or (512) 535-8672, my personal number. I am excited to be fulfilling my purpose of continuing to inform, instruct and inspire people to fulfill their purpose. 

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Mamba Out!

Yesterday, I was on my way to Daddy / Daughter Haircare Event sponsored by The Man in Me with whom I serve as the Development Director. This event was so empowering for me because I learned from a professional how to retwist my daughter’s locs. While I was doing my daughter’s hair, Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the world was dying with his daughter in a helicopter crash.

Daddy / Daughter Hair Care Day

At 41 years old, Kobe Bryant has won 5 world championships, 2 Finals MVP’s and 20 years with the same organization the Los Angeles Lakers. He was building a production company where he’d just won an Oscar for a documentary about his life in basketball. He was married to his wife Vanessa and had 4 children including 13-year old Giana who died in the helicopter crash with him. He is undoubtedly a first ballot hall of famer and one of the top 10 players in NBA history.

I want to share three things I’ve learned from Kobe’s life and subsequent death.

1. Leadership is Born and Bred

Leadership is the ability to influence others to do what needs to be done to move themselves or an organization towards their mission, vision and values. In the game of basketball, the team goal is always to win the game, win the division, win the conference, and then the NBA World Championship. Individual goals can include winning the scoring championship, being selected to the All-Star team or winning league MVP. No can accomplish team or individual goals without leadership.

Kobe was born as a basketball leader to a father who played professional basketball. Kobe was gifted enough to be a leader in high school based primarily based on his skills. As he was drafted to the NBA as a 17-year old, his skills were not enough to get him where he wanted to go. He had to breed leadership through learning his teammates and influencing them to play to their highest level. After 3 straight championships, Shaquille O’Neal his partner in crime left the team and he was left to lead alone. The next two championships meant so much to him because he helped his teammates be their best selves. Yes he was born with leadership abilities but he grew those skills to become a better leader.

2. Maturity – Mistakes Don’t Define You

I define maturity as not making the same mistakes over and over again. All of us make mistakes, we’re human. But if we continue making the same mistakes, that is lack of maturity. Kobe made a mistake in 2003. He engaged in a sexual relationship with a woman in Colorado. He was charged but not convicted. He later gave his wife a multi carat ring and apologized to her, the NBA, and his team.

He continued counseling and together he and his wife rebuilt their marriage and expanded their family with 4 children. He became a man who was known as a husband and father. He coached his daughter’s basketball team and was taking her to a basketball experience on this trip when they’re lives ended together. Kobe owned his mistakes and made different decisions in the future. Today, he is being remembered as a great basketball prayer but just as much as a husband and father.

3. Family First | Legacy over Liability

Our family is our ultimate legacy in this world. Our relationships with our parents and siblings are an investment that we build on through our future endeavors. If we’re blessed to have a spouse and / or children we are gifted with to steward, it is our responsibility to leave a good legacy.

  • Invest in experiences not just items.
  • Forgive quickly because bitterness kills.
  • Ask questions instead of making statements.
  • Never leave your family without saying I love upon
  • Leave a legacy faith – introduce your children to Jesus not just the joys of toys.

Kobe will be missed. He finished well. He worked hard, he amassed a great deal of income and influence but he would give it all back to be here with his family. So, I say treat everyday as a present because it is, love God and love people.

Prioritize for Your Purpose

January 18, 2020, Corey Tabor of III Coaching and Ronny Washington of Higher Ed Path will be presenting the Prioritize for Your Purpose Workshop. During this dynamic workshop, you will learn steps to discovering your purpose in life. Everyone is looking for why they are here, we give you a process to begin discovering the answer to this question.

After moving towards your purpose, we teach you how to prioritize your roles which are many, your relationships which are diverse, your time which is limited and your money which is significant. In just 4-hours, you will leave with practical tips and tools to live out your purpose at a higher level in 2020. You don’t want to miss this life-changing workshop.

Register today at https://P4YP2020.eventbrite.com

Being Who God Created You to Be

Today we will begin sharing one chapter of the book, “Being: A 30-Day Guide to Being Who God Created You to Be. If you would like to order the book or the audio book go to our Store. If you would like to book Corey Tabor to come speak to your group go to Booking. We pray that the public release of the book on our blog will bless you daily as you learn to be who God created you to be.

Introduction

Being who God made you to be

Do you remember learning as a child the value of self-actualization? I am sure you did not know how to say, or pronounce, the word, but you were consistently asked the fundamental question of self-actualization – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The question was a trick question. Because while being asked what you wanted to be, you were really being asked, “What do you want to do that will earn you a living so you can get off your parent’s tab?”

We spend our entire lives meeting people and asking the question, “What do you do for a living?” So many people are productive, driven, seemingly successful, and yet unhappy because they have been answering the wrong question all along. The best question to ask is not “What do you do for a living?” but rather, “What are you being as you live?” You can have a job that pays well, but does not allow you to fulfill your purpose.

Once you learn how to be who God created you to be, you can learn how to do what God created you to do out of your being.

Read Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.

40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  42 but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

In this passage we read about Mary and Martha, who are two sisters who sincerely love Jesus. Martha chose to do something for Jesus by making preparations for Him to be in her home, while Mary chose to be with Jesus to make preparations for what she would eventually do. Later in Scripture, we read of Mary giving one of the greatest sacrificial gifts described in the Bible. She poured a jar of perfume on Jesus that was equal to the value of a year’s wages, because she had been with Jesus instead of just doing for Jesus. Mary gave a gift that was a reflection of her generosity, a gift birthed in a personal relationship defined by being with Christ. Similarly, what we do will flow out of who we are.

Earlier this year, I was leaving to go to work one day when a woman I had never met before asked me, “Do you ever slow down?” I was shocked at her candor and boldness. I was embarrassed of my lifestyle because though she had never met me, she knew me through observation from afar. I immediately began to defend myself, listing all the reasons I needed to live at the pace I was living. She answered, “I used to run the rat race too. About two years ago, I just had to make a decision to slow

down.” With that, she left me alone to my own thoughts and drove away.

Driving down the freeway, I could not seem to get her question out of my mind. I knew that God was trying to tell me something, but I was not ready to listen. So, when I arrived at work, one of my co-workers asked me, “Why are you here? You are not going to get anything done. Go home!” So after 30 minutes of driving home thinking about the second conversation, I knew God was trying to tell me something and I started to listen.

That infamous day began a season of involuntary rest through the vehicle of burnout and fatigue. I could not think, I could not produce, and I could not function. My mind, body and spirit were burned out from living a Martha lifestyle. I was waking up at 6:00am and working until 12:00am trying to balance marriage, ministry and school. This Martha lifestyle kept me from sitting at the feet of Jesus. After six weeks of lying on my back, living from the bed to the couch, I finally learned that God is more concerned about who I am than what I can do for Him. I learned that being God’s son is more important to my identity than being God’s servant. This book is a response to my new life in Christ – being instead of doing.

In this book, you will learn to embrace life-changing character qualities that will help you be who God created you to be, so that you can do what God created you to do. Our character is defined by who we are, and who we are enables us to do what we do. For example, being accepted by God allows me to take the risk of sharing my faith. No matter how any individual responds, I am already accepted as God’s child. Being different allows me to celebrate the uniqueness of others. When I know God has created me uniquely, I can embrace His unique creation in others. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Each day you will focus on an attribute that God desires as a supernatural part of your character and you will be empowered by His Spirit to live the life He desires for you.

Each day your devotional guide will provide:

• Focused Scripture Passage

• Devotional Reading

• Personal Reflection Questions

• Today’s Prayer

• Statement of Being

Join me on this 30 day journey to writing your new story of being who God has created you to be.

Let the journey begin . . .

Black Lives Matter in the Womb: My Journey to Understanding Abortion

Abortion is the #1 Killer of Blacks in the United States!

As part of our Black Lives Matter to God Series at Full Life Community Church, I decided to adBlack Lives Matter @flccaustindress the issue of abortion and how it is impacting the Black community for the first time at our church. I preached a sermon entitled, “Black Lives Matter in the Womb”. You can hear the sermon here.

I’m writing this blog today to share about my journey to understanding the impact of abortion of women, men and families. I started working at a Staff Educator for Austin LifeCare Pregnancy Resource Center (ALC) which is a CareNet affiliated pregnancy center that assists men and women dealing with unplanned pregnancies. ALC has been in existence since 1984 and in 1989 began Austin LifeGuard (ALG) as a preventative program that provides sexual risk avoidance education to middle school and high school students throughout Central Texas.

Part of my training to be a staff educator was to learn more about what pregnancies center provide and one of those services is decision counseling to assist a person in making an informed decision related to their pregnancy. In addition to this service, the center offers free professional counseling, free premarital counseling, free birthing classes and free parenting classes. All the class participants receive vouchers called “Baby Bucks” that can be used to “purchase” items in a boutique called Hannah’s Closet including items like baby clothes, diapers, wipes, formula, strollers, pack and plays and the like. All of this impressed me because I could see how men and women who were dealing with an unplanned pregnancy might benefit from these services. The second service that impacted me was the support groups to assist women in recovering from an abortion, miscarriage or sexual abuse. There are free groups to provide support for men and women who have been through these life altering events.

We were then given the opportunity to view two documentaries, “Blood Money” which speaks of the monetary drive in the abortion industry and “Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America” which speaks of the intentional and strategic impact of abortion on the black community. After watching these documentaries, I was informed about something I’d never really known about. I didn’t know how abortion worked in our country and now I was informed so I had to do something.

To say the least, I was impacted by this information and began to learn more. As I spoke with men and women who had been a part of an abortion decision, I was hearing the impact it had on their lives. Men who wanted their children and were not given a chance to have them and women who made a decision in the moment that they often regretted later. My heart was broken and my passion was fuel.

I immediately began to get involved in discovering what I could do. I became involved in working with our center to refer men and women to the support groups that were being offered to assist them in recovery. I began working with the Texas Alliance for Life by attending the Rally for Life and their annual banquet. Eventually, I joined their Board of Directors and now serve as the Secretary. I met with legislators who would work to create legislation that would make abortion safer for women who were considering the decision and more than anything I wanted to get the word out to other pastors and people in the Black community so I joined the EMBRACE Initiative started by Debbie Juhlke and now I serve as chair.

I am not approaching this issue blindly nor with a limited understanding of what causes people to consider abortion. I am not judging people who have made the choice, I am focused on helping people make a better choice because few people I know who have had an abortion look back at the experience positively and think, “Let’s do that again”. Our church is working to develop plans to offer a ministry to men and women who have had abortions or are considering abortions. I will continued my work in the community and provide leadership and support to other leaders to work on this issue day in and day out.

I want to encourage you to follow the four steps I laid out in my sermon as an application to this blog:

  1. Get informed – learn the facts
  2. Get impacted – move from statistics to stories
  3. Get invested – realize that this issue matters
  4. Get involved – do something to make a difference

I have seen so many people learn about this issue and use these four steps to do something about it. You can be the next person to speak truth and learn how to help others. My hope is that you have heard my heart and my desire to help and not to hurt, my desire to bring healing and not harm, my desire to bless and not curse.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blesses and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

I challenge us all to choose life.

Get to Steppin’

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13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:13-26

Nearly 20 years ago I joined Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity, Inc.  I was the 7th of 8 brothers on the Spring 1996 Alpha Genesis Chapter line at the University of Texas at Austin. I was a freshman who’d grown up in the church, the son of a pastor. I knew how to sing to God, I knew how to play drums and I knew how speak for God through teaching the Bible. I knew how to be used by the Holy Spirit but I did not know how to walk in the Spirit.

This fraternity was a group of young men 18-23 years old who’d made a decision to stand up for Christ as godly men on campus by joining this fraternity but to also develop others to do the same (sounds a little like Matthew 28:19 – making disciples of all nations). As I spent time with these men, I learned how to walk in the Spirit. They taught me how to be sensitive to what the Spirit was saying in everyday life.  As I walked across campus to my classes, God might speak to me through an encounter with a friend or he might speak to me through the water of a springing fountain or a squirrel that ate well and was provided for. I learned that starting my day with God in prayer and scripture reading was the just the beginning of walking in the spirit.

My “quiet time” or “devotional time” was meant to help me prioritize God in my day, it was not meant for me to block God out after that 15-30 minute initial meeting. The morning meeting was designed to get the conversation going. My role was to continue to listen with spiritual ears throughout the day because the Spirit might lead me to ask a question of someone who has wisdom or to offer a listening ear to someone who needs it. I could be used by the Spirit and walk with the Spirit at the same time. As I began to note this, my spiritual life was awakened, my connection to God deeper and my impact in my community was broader.

When Jesus left earth to go back to the Father in heaven, he promised the Holy Spirit would come and guide us into all truth.

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth – John 16:13

The truth mentioned here is not simply the facts we see or the circumstances we are in; the truth is our reality in relation to God. So though my friend may seem far from God, Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us and he loves my friend enough to reveal himself to her (John 3:16). Even though my financial funds seem less than needed at, God will provide my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). This reality of walking in the Spirit changed my spiritual journey. I was no longer just encountering the Spirit on Sunday at church, but he was intersecting my daily life. This is what he desires, the Holy Spirit wants to walk with you and wants you to walk with him.

As a member of my fraternity, I was able to participate in the fraternity’s step team. Stepping is a tradition in historically black fraternities and sororities where members do routines that we are a combination of stomping and dancing in syncopation with synchronization while reciting key information related to their fraternity or sorority message. Groups spend hours on end in private practicing to memorize their steps, their lines and their step team members so when presenting in a public forum, they can be in sync and present the right message in the right pace before an audience in public.

As followers of Christ, our daily private moments with him, help us to synchronize with the Spirit so when we arrive in public there is sameness of character with our spirit and God’s Spirit. The byproduct of private moments with the Holy Spirit, is the public demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

So today, I challenged every person that is a Christ-follower to get to steppin’, knowing that the Spirit is ready to guide them into all truth.  This is important, because those who are further from our Father are looking for fruit from the children of God. When they see healthy fruit in our lives, they get hungry for what we have, an authentic and real relationship with the God of all creation, the master of the universe, the Heavenly Father who so badly wants to connect with them that he allowed his only Son to be brutally murdered in front of hundreds so we could experience eternal life in heaven and full life on earth.  It’s up to you and me to get to steppin’ today.

There's an App for That

There’s an App for That 

1. What is the most significant obstacle you have to overcome to meet with God daily?

2. Recall a time you were walking in the Spirit; in one word describe how you felt?

3. What truth do you need the Spirit to lead you into this day, week, month or season?

4. What can you do today to get to steppin’?

The Day We’ve Been Waiting For

After 10 years of being married, we found out we were pregnant with a baby and we were so excited.  We had been waiting for this day to come and it was finally here.  This was just the beginning.  Over the next number of weeks, we found out we were having a baby girl.  As soon as we found out, I started thinking about paying for a wedding!  I knew that I wanted to provide everything that I could for her to come into the world and be successful.  As the months continued, we had sonograms monthly and we continued to see her grow.  My wife, April continued to teach her fourth grade class as her students continued to be excited about the day our child would be born.  I work at a pregnancy resource center directing our sex education program.  During my presentation introduction I progressed from simply talking about my amazing wife and our wonderful marriage to sharing our story of being with child.  While teaching about pregnancy and fetal development, I could relate to the seasons of pregnancy from 8 weeks to 20 weeks to 24 weeks. All the pieces of the puzzle were coming together.  

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After 40 weeks of pregnancy, our daughter was not ready to come.  My wife began dilating but was not progressing so we waited.  40 weeks and 1 day, 40 weeks and 2 days, 40 weeks and 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, 6 days, 7 days.  On the seventh day we came back to the doctor and they communicated the need for us to begin labor the next day with the assisting of an induction.  That night, we partnered with members from our church to move into our new worship space as we celebrated the anticipated delivery of our little girl.  We have patiently waited for God to bless us with a child and this is the day we have been waiting for.  I am thankful for the miracle of married, love, conception and fetal development.  Today, our dream of having a child will come true and all I can simply say is “Thank God!”

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Reflections on 36 years!

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Today I am celebrating 36 years of being on this earth; my how time flies.  I can remember being a child thinking that the year 2000 would never come and now it has been nearly 13 years since we new millennium.  As I reflect on the past 36 years I can summarize my life in a few key words: Faith, Family and Friendships.

Faith

Texas Gospel Fellowship 10 Year Reunion
Texas Gospel Fellowship 10 Year Reunion

Most of the people in my life can tell you that my life has been based on taking many steps of faith.  On December 2, 1984, I walked down an aisle at Bethel Church of God in Christ in Abilene, Texas and made Jesus the leader of my life.  That Sunday, I came to understand that faith is not just what you believe in your mind or heart but what you do with your actions.  Since that time, I have been taking steps of faith from accepting my call to the ministry at 18 years-old, leading in Innervisions Gospel Choir at the University of Texas, establishing Texas Gospel Fellowship through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and going on staff at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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FLCC Members at Church Under the Bridge

Each of these decisions took a new level of faith.  In the past three years, I have had to walk by faith more than any other time in my life.  Nearly three years ago, we began the journey of planting Full Life Community Church in Austin, Texas. What began as a bible study in a hotel, moved to a house in North Austin and launched in a library in Wells Branch has been more than physical moves from one building to another, it is building spiritual moves of walking by faith to see God form a community of faith out of a vision that He gave us nearly 10 years ago. I studied my life as a leader during a class called Lifelong Leadership Development through Fuller Seminary and God gave a vision for a church that was not there.  We stepped out on faith and now I am so privileged to be the Lead Pastor of Full Life Community Church, a missional, maturing and multicultural church that lives to reconcile people to God and one another.

God is establishing a community of faith that walks by faith and not by sight seeing God do things we cannot explain.  I look forward to continuing this journey of faith with this community of faith.

Family

Corey, Samuel, Troy Tabor
Corey, Samuel, Troy Tabor

I would have never had the faith I had as a child and now have as a 36 year-old man if it were not for my family.  I have been given the best immediate and extended family in the world.  God blessed me with a father who taught me to read the Bible to learn God’s view on the world instead of teaching me his view on the world.  I had a mother who has persevered through over 20 years of kidney failure and dialysis treatments.  I have a brother who is a real man who loves sharing Jesus with people who are far from Him.  I have aunts and uncles who are examples of people to who love God and love their families.  I could not have been more blessed to be raised as a member of the Tabor family.

As I became a husband in 2003, God added to my family and changed my life forever by allowing me to

Wedding Day - June 7, 2003
Wedding Day – June 7, 2003

become one in mind, body, soul and spirit with April Davis now Tabor.  April has taught me so much about what it means to love God and love unconditionally.  She has been the gift of my life that I did not deserve and could not have earned.  In June we will celebrate 10 years of marriage and I am a much better man because of my relationship with her.  She has lived out the meaning of our vows: “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.”  Through the years, she has continued to grow as a woman who loves God and loves me.  I was blessed to gain new family members through the gift that her parents and extended family are to us.  God has been good to me in the family arena.  I could not ask for more real people that love me and believe in me.

Friendship

The blessing of great family has been learning how to become a good friend.  All my life, I have valued friendship more than many because I realize how invaluable real friends are.  I have been friends with my two best friends Paul Matta and Brett Coe since 7th grade.  They have been there for me through thick and thin and have prayed for me and my family in times when we were hurting and needed God’s hand to move.  They have just continued to be there for me and those that I love.  As I came to the University of Texas I was blessed with great friends through

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Covenant minus 1

Innervisions Gospel Choir and Gamma Phi Delta Christian Fraternity. My closest college friendships were forged in the heat of life as we struggled to be godly people on a campus that had many who were not seeking to look like him.  I am thankful for friends like Joseph Mosley, Asante Todd, Cedric Jones and Torik Lewis (the singing group Covenant).  I am thankful for friends like Melissa Gray and Brandy Snoddy (Yeary) who stood by me as I learned to lead in college.  To my friend and partner Sean Watkins who has been a mentee, partner and friend I cannot thank you enough for all that you inspire me to be and have challenged me to be.  Today, I believe in friendship because I have seen the rewards that come from being a friend and have experienced the risks of being a friend and can conclude that the rewards far outweigh the risks!

So many people have been a part of this journey and so many have given me the hope to believe that God can continue to use my life for his glory in the years to come.  I pray that I continue to grow as a man, follower of Christ, husband, leader, friend and partner in life.  All that I am has been formed by these three pillars in my life: Faith, Family and Friendship and for these I am thankful.

Welcome!

Corey Tabor

I want to welcome you to my new blog.  My name is Corey Tabor and I am the Founder and Lead Pastor of Full Life Community Church in Austin, Texas where we are living life to fullest.  We are missional, maturing, multicultural church that lives to reconcile people to God and one another.  My purpose in life is to inform, instruct and inspire people to fulfill their God-given purpose.  So I plan to use this blog to fufill the purpose of our church and my personal purpose.  I look foward to sharing stories and principles that allow you to live life to fullest and to be reconciled to God and others.  Feel free to post comments and share feedback.  I look foward to the journey with you.

Full Life Community Church

To learn more about Full Life Community Church go to www.befull.org.