get started: what we believe

There are a lot of things that people have been divided over, but our desire is to be known by what unites us. We do not use extra-biblical creeds to decide who’s in and who’s out. The essentials of our faith are what we stand on. In secondary issues, we will practice love. We are not the first Christians, nor are we the only Christians. We want to simply be known for following Christ.

We are a non-denominational church which means we are led by local elders and its staff.

  • God

    God is one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the source of all creation (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-2), which He sustains (Col. 1:17) and is in the process of redeeming (Rom. 8:19-22). God the Father loves us and desires that we have fellowship with Him as His children (I John 1:3).

  • jesus

    Jesus of Nazareth is the incarnation of God the Son. He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14), and He now holds all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). He is Savior and Lord. He made human salvation possible through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. He ascended into heaven, where He is now our high priest and advocate. He is head of the Church.

  • the holy spirit

    The Holy Spirit works actively in the world, seeking to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-11). The Holy Spirit indwells believers individually and corporately in the Church. The Holy Spirit develops within the Christian a pure heart, which results in Christ-like character expressed in private and public conduct and action.

  • the bible

    The Old and New Testament Scriptures, are the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). The Bible is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. We affirm that Scripture is the authoritative revelation from God by which we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. We seek to assert what the Scriptures clearly assert and allow freedom in other cases. We seek to understand divine intent, through authorial intent, and we seek to apply its teaching to the contemporary church and culture

  • the church

    The Church is the body of Christ on earth, the community of believers throughout the world. Upon surrender to Christ, a person is adopted into the Church. In addition, the priesthood of all believers means each Christian is called to be a serving minister (1 Peter 2:9-10). The Church’s mission is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).

  • people

    Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and must rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of life is in the image of God (imago dei), a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed.

  • salvation

    Salvation is by God alone through Jesus Christ alone. It is a free gift and cannot be earned. The salvation process includes faith, repentance, confession, and baptism. It is an ongoing work of God that begins with justification and continues through sanctification and glorification. By accepting and surrendering to Christ we are saved, are being saved, and will be saved. (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 10:47-48; Rom.10:9, etc.).

get started: CORE VALUES

Every living thing has a heartbeat. It's the driving force behind everything that it does. Cornerstone is guided by the mission to: make & multiply disciples that know, reflect, serve, and point to Jesus. 

Because of that mission we are committed to being the kind of place where lives are transformed and disciples are made. These are no compromise, do or die, no going back commitments to Jesus and His mission.


    The Scriptures are the final authority for knowing God’s will in matters of faith. We can see that God chose to speak to people in certain times and cultures using languages, images, and methods they would understand. We know that the truth of God does not change but times and cultures do. So we will adapt the way that we communicate that truth using the language, culture and tools of today to help people see that truth in a way they can understand. This includes using media, art, and common shared experiences to build bridges and connect them to timeless truth. Additionally, there are areas where the bible does not speak specifically, so we will prayerfully and intentionally think through how to live out our faith in those areas. This includes things like style of music in worship, whether we should dress up or casually, etc. There is liberty and we will use this freedom to meet people where they are. We respect differences of opinion and at the same time commit to culturally accessible methods. To use a phrase from Alexander Campbell “in matters of faith, unity; in matter of opinion, liberty; in all things, love.”

  • Spiritual growth because staying the same is not an option

    There are no perfect people here. This is a me too church where we recognize our need for the Holy Spirit to take us and transform us and help us look more and more like Jesus every day. We will learn to listen and surrender to the power of God by reading His Word, spending time in prayer, worshipping, fasting, serving and many other ways. We will look at the areas of our hearts that are prideful, lustful, greedy and all the other things we try to hide and confess them to God and to each other. We will discipline our mind, body, feelings and relationships to help us reflect Jesus. This is done both as individuals and as a community. As our interior life is swept clean and purified by the Spirit, we will begin to be a community that is filled with fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control. This is a powerful picture that goes way beyond mere Sunday morning attendance in worship.

  • real relationships that go the extra mile

    In John 17 Jesus prayed “that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” This was more than just wishful thinking. We know that we have become the body of Christ, joined together with Him as the Head. We highly value unity of believers. We recognize that there will be diversity in makeup, practice, and preference. But we will do everything we can to fight divisiveness and strive to live with each other in love, peace and humility. We will serve one-another well and seek reconciliation within the family of God. This not only includes our local body, but the universal Body of Christ as represented in the area churches as well as nationally and globally. When we live together, love well and work together, it puts a believable picture of Jesus in front of a watching world and speaks powerfully of the Good News that the Kingdom is here.

  • students and children are critical to the kingdom

    Jesus elevated the value and worth of children and even pointed to them as examples of what faith should look like. We know that students and children are not just the future of the Church, but they are vitally important to the mission of God now. It is very possible that the disciples themselves were young adults or teenagers when Jesus called them to follow him. We will invest heavily in our students and children. We will include them in the life and service of the Church and seek to integrate a multi-generational approach to ministry. From time to time it may mean that we help them to engage by tailoring our worship services and teaching towards styles and forms that are more accessible to them. On the other hand, we will help them grow into the larger body of Christ by exposing them to the historical forms and expressions of the Church in worship and teaching. We are committed to partnering with other organizations that are growing young disciples in the area and local colleges.

  • serving is standard

    We take the priesthood of all believers very seriously. That means that those who love and follow Jesus don’t need a special ordination or title to minister in the name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God that lives inside of every son and daughter of God has given everyone gifts, abilities, passions and experiences to be used for God’s family and His work in the world. We encourage every single believer to leverage their time, talents, and resources to serve the gathered people of God in the local church as well as serving when they scatter throughout the week into our community and surrounding areas. Everyone is in the game. There are no bleachers and there’s no sitting out the game. The Savior served and so will we.

  • evangelism is what we all do every day, everywhere, every moment

    Everywhere we go, everything we say, and everything that we do tells people something about Cornerstone and about Jesus. Much of the work we do starts after we leave the building. We will be constantly praying for people we know every day to come to know Christ. We will look at everyone we meet as a chance to show someone Christ. We encourage everyone to practice hospitality by inviting others into their houses and showing them Christ. We are all missionaries. We’re excited to partner with those from within our local church as well as other organizations that are serving as international missionaries.

  • excellence honors god and inspires people

    Jesus was the very best gift that God could have given us. We will honor him by making sure that everything we do is done the best it can be. We will work hard at making our small groups, worship services, children’s and student ministries and everything else we do excellent. Excellence is not perfection. But what we do next year will continually be better than what we have done the year before. This also means that sometimes we will be forced to choose between what is good and what is best for Cornerstone. There are always hundreds of good things a church can be doing, but to be effective we must continually prioritize what God has called us to do. This often means saying no to good things so we can say yes to great things. 

  • innovation today helps us minister effectively tomorrow

    God is not done with us yet. The same willingness to take a risk to start something new will be part of who we are. Just because we’ve never done it before, doesn’t mean we won’t try if it’s what God wants us to do. We will learn from the past and thank God for his faithfulness. But we will not settle for past victories. We will embrace change today so that lives can continue to be changed tomorrow. Old is not best, new is not best. Best is Best. We contribute to the ongoing life of the church by honoring the past and committing to the future.