Where did Cornerstone come from and where are we going?

“…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:20-22

Cornerstone derives its name from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, and thus we believe that as a church we “are built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20). This simple reality sits at the core of our identity and drives our mission to glorify God by introducing all people to Jesus and growing them up to love and worship him. 

The story of Cornerstone begins at Providence church back in 2020 as part of Providence’s 5-year vision to REACH our community for the glory of God. The goal is to see everyone at Providence extending themselves to the point of discomfort to help others become disciples of Jesus. After years of prayer and research, the Lord led Providence’s leadership to develop a new church plant in the Wakefield area, seeking to see the gospel expanded to that area. In the fall of 2023, I was brought on staff to lead the efforts of planting Cornerstone, A Providence Family Church .

Our church planting model may look and feel different from other, but we believe that the local church is set to be God’s means of grace for the world today, and we desire to launch Cornerstone into autonomy with an abundance of health. With this being said, we are approaching church planting in stages that resemble the stages of a parent-child relationship.In the beginning stage of ministry, Cornerstone is part of Providence and functions as a campus in the Providence family of churches. As the church grows in size and maturity, the amount of freedom and autonomy of the church will also develop and grow. Just as adolescents are discovering their identity while being supported by their parents, in stage 2, the church will begin to define and discover its unique identity under the support and guidance of Providence. In the final stage of connection, we will begin developing and separating internal systems preparing ourselves to move into autonomy so that Cornerstone may have an impact in the community for years to come.  

Cornerstone is set up to be a church plant that helps to plant churches. We are building systems and processes to multiply and grow at every level of ministry. We believe that our unity with Providence church and our reliance on the spirit of God is setting Cornerstone up for long-term health and efficacy in ministry. As the pastor of Cornerstone church, I desire to see a body of believers who; Connect with Christ and His church, Grow in truth and love, Serve each other and the community, and Go to our city and the world for the glory of God.  

 

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