Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission

( God's calling for us )

To join God in reaching and transforming people into passionate followers of Christ

Our Vision

( What it looks like when we 'get it' )

Every person knowing God so intimately that we are filled with His love and power and joyfully offering ourselves in advancing His kingdom in our community and throughout the world.

Our Values

( What's important to us )

Values shape our ministry environment, creating an atmosphere that promotes spiritual growth and vitality.  We believe that God’s kingdom values are transcendent over time and across ethnicities.  These values marked the church in its infancy and will carry it into its maturity.  Therefore, we value:

Devotion To Scripture

We want to be guided by the Word of God in our worldview, beliefs and all our actions.  While we seek to honor the cultures where we minister, we maintain that God’s Word stands above our traditions, customs, comforts, and human wisdom.  We seek to study, interpret, discern and apply the timeless truths and principles in our lives but most of all to encounter the living Christ through the living Word.  We believe that to be truly biblical our lives of faith should look like it did for people in the Bible.  (Acts 2:42; Heb. 4:12; Jn. 5:39; Isaiah 55:8-11; Col. 3:16)

Dedication to Prayer

We see prayer as the privilege of coming into the presence of God as we seek his face.  The most important part of prayer is to build intimacy with God.  We believe God speaks to us even as we speak to Him in prayer.  Prayer also unleashes the power of God and is vital in accomplishing His purposes.  We desire to cover all that we do in prayer understanding our absolute need for God and our dependence on Him for all good things.  (Acts 2:42, 1:12-14, 4:23-31; Eph. 6:18-20; 1 Thes. 5:17; Col. 4:2; Ps. 27:4, 8; 2 Chron. 7:14; Matthew 5:3)

Delighting in Family

The Scriptures describe believers as a family.  We are God’s sons and daughters, we are referred to as brothers and sisters in Christ.  Our relationships with one another can be even closer than our relationships with our biological family.  Therefore, we joyfully meet regularly with other brothers and sisters for the purpose of encouraging one another to follow Christ.  Our commitment includes learning together, praying for each other, caring for each other’s needs, bearing each other’s burdens, celebrating life together, and spurring each other on to share the gospel as much as possible.  We open our homes, share meals and gather faithfully to worship God corporately.  We are a family in God’s household and our love for the Lord and one another compels us to give generously, joyfully, and sacrificially to help meet each other’s needs and to accomplish God’s kingdom work. (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35; Rom. 16:3-5; Heb. 10:24-25; Matt. 12:46-50)

Depending on the Spirit

Knowing the Holy Spirit is vital in our relationship with the Triune God. The Holy Spirit lives inside every believer and loves to speak to us, teach us, and guide us.  The Holy Spirit also reveals both the Father and the Son to us, illuminating our minds and warming our hearts so that we can have a deeper relationship with God.  We also are dependent on the Holy Spirit because only His love, wisdom, and power can reach the lost and transform people to become more like Christ in character and in ministry.  We seek to help people to hear and obey the Spirit and use the gifts He has provided them to build His kingdom.  The Spirit also enables us to serve with joy, perseverance and faith.  (Acts 2:43, 1:7-8, 2:17-18; Galatians 5:16-18, 22-25; Ephesians 3:14-19, 5:18)

Discipling Holistically

We seek to grow people to full maturity in Christ.  This begins with loving people authentically; clearly and courageously sharing the gospel; leading people into a relationship with our Triune God; helping people to grow spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and in Christ-like character; teaching them to steward their gifts, talents, and resources; equipping them to make more disciples.  (Acts 2:47, Matthew 28:18-20, Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 1:28-29; Ephesians 4:11-16)

Our Strategy

( How we will accomplish our mission and achieve our vision )

Although there are many ministries that help us grow as passionate followers of Christ, there are a few key strategic areas that we want to emphasize.

Corporate Worship

Our Sunday worship service is designed to help people grow in their knowledge and love for God.  His presence in our lives is the very reason He created us.  A relationship with God begins with receiving His love and forgiveness through faith in Christ, but it doesn’t stop there.  In response to God’s love for us, we love God.  Whereas God’s love for us is never changing, our love for God should grow.  There is nothing more important than to love God.  Loving God is intrinsically tied to obeying Him from our hearts.  This is the Great Commandment. (Mark 12:30, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, John 14:21)

Community Groups

Our Community Groups are the primary place where people can study God’s Word, develop redemptive relationships, and receive the personal encouragement they need to follow Christ.  Our CG’s are also the best place to invite people who are seeking the Lord.  We are called to care for others in the church family and walk alongside one another through life.  We meet regularly together and bear each other’s burdens.  We open our homes, share meals, and enjoy each other while encouraging each other to remain faithful to the Lord.
This is the Second Greatest Commandment.  (Mark 12:31; Gal. 6:2; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts 2:42-49)

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ is a ministry that seeks to free people from the besetting sins that keep us from experiencing the abundant life that God desires for all His children.  We believe that God wants us to live victoriously in this life as we get to the root of these issues that plague us and hurt those around us.  Far beyond sin management or behavior modification, we take to heart God’s desire for us to truly be transformed from the inside out with ever increasing glory. (John 8:31-32, 36, 10:10; Galatians 5:16-18; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, 10:3-5)

Equipping Ministry

Church leaders are called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.  Equipping can come in the form of classes, workshops, conferences, and mentoring.  The goal of this ministry is to help people walk as stronger disciples of Jesus.  (Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 9:22; 2 Timothy 2:2, Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

Missions Ministry

Our Mission’s Ministry seeks to ignite a Godly passion for reaching the lost and serving the least.  As believers grow in Christ they will have a growing concern for seeing people across the world come to faith in Christ.  Our Mission’s Ministry seeks to help believers grow as missional Christians who go, send, welcome, and mobilize by, among other things, providing opportunities for people to be involved in cross-cultural short-term missions and mobilizing support for Cornerstone’s long-term missionaries.  (Acts 13:1-3; Matthew 28:18-20)

Children & Student Ministries

These ministries provide age appropriate experiences that help our children and students to grow in their relationship with Christ. These ministries partner with parents and support them in their role as the primary influencers and disciplers of their children. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 19:13-15)

Young Adult Ministry (M23)

This ministry connects young adults in their 20’s and 30’s into community where they can address issues relevant to their life-stage.  The primary vehicle for this is Community Groups for young adults.  A secondary vehicle are events to welcome newcomers, provide a stepping stone into CGs and connect with other young adults beyond their CGs.

Compassion Ministry

This ministry seeks to grow us in compassion and wisdom by providing opportunities where we can meet people’s needs in ways that maintains their dignity and helps them to thrive.  Expressions of compassion often provide opportunities to share about God’s love and His gospel.  As a church we want to especially minister in our geographic community (to Lake Hills Elementary School) and to our ethnic community (Asian & Pacific Islanders) believing that God has purposefully placed us in both.   (Isaiah 61; Mark 6:12-13; Mark 8:1-3; Matthew 9:35-38; Galatians 2:10)