PHILOSOPHY OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
The elders at Cornerstone believe that the spiritual growth of the church occurs as the entire body of Christ interacts with one another (Eph. 4:15-16). This means that, generally speaking, Cornerstone does not endorse a demographic-specific approach to ministry, choosing instead to endorse corporate assemblies that encourage all the unique personalities, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities of the church to interact with one another for the building up of the body. However, we also recognize that God has assigned unique roles within the church through the order of creation itself, which therefore dictate the need for a more demographically-oriented approach to ministry on a few select occasions. We believe that men’s, women’s, and children’s ministries fall within this concept. How does shape our approach to children's ministry? Click below to learn more.
When Jesus delivers His “Great Commission” He not only tells His followers to go and make disciples by “baptizing them in the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” but by “teaching them to observe all that l have commanded you,” (Matt. 28:19-20) as well. Recognizing that discipleship includes ministering to believers at various stages of maturity and growth, we have implemented a Sunday school class that is designed to intentionally and systematically teach each of Cornerstone’s members “to observe all that [Jesus has] commanded [them].” In its current form, our Sunday school is split into three groups: young children (4-7 years old), elementary age children (8-12 years old) and adults. The children move systematically through the "Generations of Grace" curriculum while the adults are engaged in two-year survey of Scripture. Sunday school meets from 9:30-10:15 AM every Sunday morning. If you would like to learn more about our children's Sunday school program, just send an email to the address below.
In Romans 12:2, Paul exhorts Christians: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed through the renewal of the mind." It is s a passage that gives a rather succinct description for how spiritual growth takes place. How does one grow spiritually? On the one hand, it's without explanation. God does it through the work of the Holy Spirit. We are to "be transformed." And yet, on the other hand, there is an explanation. This transformation occurs "through the renewal of the mind." It is as we fill our minds with biblical data that the Holy Spirit transforms our perspective on the world, which, in turn, then produces spiritual change. In fact, there is even a Greek term for this process - metanoia. It is the word translated as "repentance" in our English Bibles, and it means literally "a change of mind." It is with this concept in mind that we host a kids program called Metanoia on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM. This is a program that is focused primarily on helping children memorize key biblical passages and concepts. If you would like to learn more about Metanoia, just send an email to the address below.
Towards the end of his life, Paul instructs Timothy, "what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." Men play an incredibly crucial role in the life and growth of a church. In fact, given unique leadership roles assigned to men in the local church, one even might say that a church is only a strong as its men's ministry. It's for this reason that we try to be very intentional about the development of the men at Cornerstone. One of the ways that we do this is with our monthly Men's Study. The topic for 2020-21 is Reverberation (aka Word-Centered Church) by Jonathan Leeman. The study meets at church on the first Saturday of every month from 7:00-8:30 AM.
In his letter to Titus, Paul tells his protege to see to it that his church lives in a manner characterized by “sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). He points out that one of the ways this is done is for older women to teach younger women “what is good” so that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:3, 5). Considering the important role that women play, both in the growth of other ladies as well as (for mothers) the children in their own home, we think it vitally important to encourage and equip the women in our church in the unique roles that God has given them within the body. Our monthly Women’s Study is one of the methods we use to try to engage in this discipleship process. The topic for 2020-21 is Reverberation (aka Word-Centered Church) by Jonathan Leeman. The study meets at church on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00-10:30 AM.