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This profile was last updated on 10/16/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Pastor

Local Address: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
 
Background

Employment History

  • Pastor
    The Worship & Ministry Centre
  • Head
    Christian Outreach Centre

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
TicketRiver Blog
www.ticketriver.com.au, 16 Oct 2013 [cached]
The WorshipCentre originally began as the Worship & Ministry Centre Ltd 10 November 2000 by Pastor Clark Taylor and his wife, Anne.
WorshipCentre Christian Church
www.worshipcentre.com.au, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
Justine and Ron Simms are ordained ministers at WorshipCentre, Brisbane, under Pastor Clark Taylor.
Clark Taylor (The Worship ...
www.twistedteaching.com [cached]
Clark Taylor (The Worship Centre)
Background
Clark Taylor was the former head of the Christian Outreach Centres (COC) but broke away from the denomination in 1990 after committing acts of adultery with congregation members. Rather than repenting publicly, Clark resigned and had a letter read out to his congregation. He separated from his wife and began selling plants at a nursery to generate income. A Youtube "documentary" by GodScreen tells part of the story of him trying to restore the relationship with his wife. What it doesn't mention is the divorce, marriage to another woman and then divorce from her. It picks it up at the point where he is having a simple marriage ceremony for the remarriage to his first wife.
He made a comeback in a few smaller settings before starting The Worship & Ministry Centre in 2000, later being renamed to The Worship Centre in 2003. He now has a substantial following with a number of conferences being hosted there throughout the year. Their September 2013 program lists prophetic training courses where you can get "coaching" for prophecy, words of knowledge, releasing prophetic blessing, dream interpretation and tattoo interpretation.
He should be permanently disqualified from ministry on account of gross sexual sin which the Bible mentions explicitly (1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Timothy 3:2, 10; Titus 1:7; Proverbs 6:33; 1 Timothy 3:2), false prophecy and false teaching.
Healing Service
With the music softly playing, Clark gives a "word of knowledge" and calls out those who have pain in their body at 00:10 and again in 00:26 - "The Lord's also telling me you have pain in your body". A woman with pain in her shoulder comes out and is pushed over by Clark (01:09) and another man with shoulder pain is pushed and caught, although he does resist a little more (01:32). Unsurprisingly the guy with the headache who gets yelled at while being pushed falls to the ground pretty quickly (01:37).
Then the woman he first sent to the floor gets up and he tells her "Don't think about your arm, think about Jesus" (01:43).
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Clark uses somatic anchoring to focus on a particular area of the body e.g. stomach, followed by suggestions "let it go", "that would have hurt before", "that pain's gone now" which activates the brain's inhibitory response (Donatone, 2013). So for a period at least people may be pain free.
In other videos he's claimed to have made the lame walk by helping a man out of a wheelchair and watch him stumble across the stage. When Jesus made someone walk they went from immobility to full function instantly, no such evidence in this case. This man might have managed to make it through the church service either because he had a temporary reduction of pain or as an expectation/audience response, but he would be back in his chair.
As a side note I also have personal testimony of Clark healing someone with a severe mental illness. He declared they were healed in Jesus' name and told them to dispose of their medication. Unfortunately Clark was very mistaken and the person became very ill.
Healing Conference
In this low key presentation we see Clark heal a lady of "dry hands". He also talks about how he healed himself of a sore tongue and throat (even though he is still visibly affected) and his wife of vomiting and diarrhoea (even though she was still ill in bed) . He explains to his audience that they can heal themselves, others and children by cursing the demonic sickness cells in their body. To cure his throat he laid hands on his tongue and throat and commanded the demonic cells to leave.
I have two problems with Clark's claims: (1) Promotes himself as a faith healer yet he and his wife struggle from health complaints, when sickness comes from the devil and has no place in the life of a Christian (his beliefs, not mine), and (2) Claims healing has taken place when it clearly has not.
The human body is very complex and God designed it so that it has innate healing processes. I don't know why people like Clark have an obsession with miracles when vomiting and diarrhoea are going to cease when the disease has run it's course and the body's immune system has killed it.
The part of the video I find most remarkable is when someone in the audience asks about people who are resistant to healing (i.e. those who aren't slain in the spirit). Clark says that the hardest people to pray for are the religious people and when they come out the front for healing "don't let them pray" (07:19). He then gets an audience member out the front for a demonstration and shows them how to get into someone's defences. He asks them a few questions and while responding shocks them and sends them to the ground (08:55). This is an example of simultaneous attention and would work in situations where someone may be suspicious of the manifestations going on around them and have their reasoning mind active (Donatone, 2013).
Prophecy
In this Youtube video "Prophet" Ruckins speaks a Prophecy over Clark. Apart from looking like someone who is under the influence of drugs or something more sinister, he declares "woe to the man who speaks against you" so I guess that's me and other people who search the scriptures to test everything. He goes on to prophesy "you wrote some things down 20 years ago about the end times and God says now is the time to let that which you wrote down 20 years ago come forth on this generation" (04:38).
ENDORSEMENTS
www.leighallison.com, 19 May 2005 [cached]
Pastor Clark Taylor, Worship Centre, Carina QLD 4152
WorshipCentre Christian Church
worshipcentre.com.au, 13 Sept 2012 [cached]
Clark Taylor
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Clark Taylor was born near Beaudesert in a farmhouse in 1937. By the age of 16 he was running stock camps on his family’s property in the Northern Territory. He grew up as a real ‘Aussie Bloke’ â€" fighting in the pubs and working hard, rounding up wild cattle and branding them, living under the stars eating damper, corned beef and the like.
In 1959 Clark attended a Billy Graham crusade where he became a Christian. He made a habit of making Jesus his friend. Clark then went through six years of theological college. He found this very difficult as he had left school at a very young age and was almost illiterate. He had to learn subjects such as Greek and Hebrew. Clark met his wife Anne while she was also at Bible College and they fell in love and subsequently married.
Clark became a Methodist minister. He had encounters with God which left him able to hear from God and move in what we call a ‘Word of Knowledge’ and he started to see people healed. As this didn’t really gel with the Methodist ministry at the time, he left and eventually Clark and Anne founded Christian Outreach Centre in 1974.
The Brisbane COC grew to 5000 members, and Clark and Anne trained ministries to start over 200 other Centres as well.
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During the early eighties, Clark ran a program called ‘A New Way of Living’ which was aired on Channel Nine, Sunday mornings. This program was incredibly popular, and people still recognise him today from that program.
In 2000, Clark and Anne founded WorshipCentre.
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Clark reflects Jesus in his preaching and moves powerfully in healing and Word of Knowledge. He has a way of relating to all people and is a very ‘real’ person. His messages are simple and bring real, practical answers to peoples’ lives. A tangible presence of God is a mark of the meetings he conducts.
Clark and Anne now divide their time between WorshipCentre, itinerant ministry and taking some well-deserved time to go caravaning and fishing.
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