Cornerstone is a United Methodist ministry in Grand Rapids, Michigan; our mission is Helping People Know Jesus and Make Him Known. Jesus met people where they were. As followers of Christ and his example, we also meet you right where you are. It’s our passion to help you find and live out God’s purpose in your life.
Our Core Values
We are casual, real & relevant in what we say and how we say it.
We are all about inviting others into a relationship with God, into our space and into our lives.
We are all about community with Christ, and with other people.
We are people living on-mission every day, meeting people who don’t know Jesus right where they are, globally and locally.
We are focused on the important stuff; Christ is at the center of everything we do.
We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired and holy Word of God – God-breathed. The Bible is our textbook. It’s our source of knowledge about God and Christ, and contains all the truth necessary for understanding our way to salvation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe God is one living and true God, but who forever (and mysteriously) exists in perfect community as three equal and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each form of God, while having different but complementary roles in our lives, has the same nature, characteristics and being, and is worthy of equal praise and obedience. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4)
God the Father
We believe God the Father is the creator of the universe. He has unimaginable intelligence, infinite knowledge and is all-powerful. God has authority and control over all creation, and yet desires to love us very personally as His children. (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:12-13)
God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ is uniquely God’s Son — fully God and yet fully human, sent by God to be born of a virgin; Mary. He lived a sinless life, and serves as our role model for life on earth. It’s because of His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that the ultimate price was paid for our sin , so we can now, through Jesus, be brought into relationship with God. (2 Corinthians 5:19) Jesus is with the Father in heaven, but will return to earth “..in power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27; John 1:1; Philippians 2:5-6; Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 2:22; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9-11)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us on earth today - our primary teacher, comforter and source of God’s power. The Holy Spirit came in a new and mighty way upon Christians at Pentecost and is present in the world today. The Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin and leads people to respond in faith to the Gospel message. (Acts 2; John 16:7-11; Romans 8)
We believe that because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam and Eve, all people sin and therefore deserve separation from God. On our own, we can never overcome sin. Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice on our behalf, and makes possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. This isn’t because of anything we might do for God, but out of His grace and love for us. To repent from our sins, and believe Jesus Christ was God’s son who died and rose again are the only requirements for us to receive this gift from God of forgiveness and eternal life. (Romans 2:22-26,5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
We believe the Church is not a building: it’s the body of Christ, with Jesus Christ as the head. The Church consists of people who have placed their faith in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, and his resurrection. To glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the world is the Church's purpose. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:18-20)
In baptism, we publicly acknowledge and celebrate the grace of God, freely offered to us before we were even aware of it. We confess our sin, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus Christ. Baptism is the public sign of God’s covenant with us. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-39, 16:15,33) Find more information on baptism at Cornerstone.
We believe communion is a remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ, and a way of drawing Christians’ focus back to the essentials of faith on a regular basis. We believe in an open table — that all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are welcome to participate in this blessing from God. (Luke 22:14-21)
Cornerstone Church is a multisite ministry whose mission is Helping People Know Jesus And Make Him Known. As a multisite church reflecting diverse communities, we welcome all people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Regarding human sexuality and identity, we know that Cornerstone participants and members are not of one mind. However, we believe Christian unity binds us together regardless of our differences.
Specific to questions regarding the LGBTQ+ community and individuals, while we do not perform same sex marriage ceremonies, we do invite all people, including LGBTQ+ persons, into full participation within our church. At Cornerstone, participation includes attendance, serving, receiving the sacraments, and membership. We also invite LGBTQ+ individuals and their families to not only participate but to step into the discipleship journey and receive spiritual care that every sacred person deserves.
We believe it is our calling as a church to invite a diverse community of believers, who may not share every thought, to share in the care and burdens of one another. We pray that our unity be an expression of the grace and love we have received from Jesus Christ and that the same grace and love powers our connection within the body of our church, our community and our world.
Women in Leadership
Cornerstone Church fully affirms women in ministry leadership at all levels of church life, including teaching, preaching, and pastoral ministry. This value is rooted in what we believe to be the most faithful interpretation of Scripture, specifically in the equal gifting of the Holy Spirit in all people, the witness we see in both the Old and New Testaments of women called to lead in the work of God, and the example of Jesus throughout his ministry. As a church that desires to reflect the Kingdom of God, we believe that supporting the equal gifting and calling of women as well as men is a crucial part of participating in the restoration of what God originally intended for humanity.