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Bible, Community, Mission

A quick glance at the Bible, Community, and Mission opportunities around Cornerstone and Ames at large.

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So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles.

Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.

Acts 2:41–47


Cornerstone’s Equipping Ministry creates multi-generational contexts to provide deep theological roots, biblical literacy, and practical application for wise living in places God has positioned us.

Crash Courses

Free, workshop-style classes providing a deep dive on a theological subject for Christian life, practice, and discipline. Monthly on Sundays at 6p.

A Christian Perspective on the Body

Sunday, 6:00-8:00p
in The Box

This crash course will provide a Christian perspective on the human bodies – how and why they matter to God, how Christians can care for their bodies, and how to address and face the common challenges, ailments, addictions, and struggles we experience in our bodies.

Teachers: Alex Tuckness, Corrie Patten, Steve Jones

Reconstructing a Deconstructed Faith

Sunday, 6:00-8:00p
in The Box

This crash course will provide an overview of the origins of deconstruction, why people deconstruct, and ways to deconstruct that lead to a healthy reconstruction of the Christian faith rather than deconversion.

Teachers: Alanna Sellinger and Graham Spruill

Poverty Simulation

Sunday, 6:00-8:00p
in The Box

The Poverty Simulation crash course is an interactive experience designed to cultivate a new understanding around poverty and its contributing factors. Groups of participants will function as a family and will navigate decisions around housing, employment, transportation, health care, and more. This crash course will allow participants to gain understanding, insights and compassion for supporting poverty-impacted families in our local community.

Teachers: Luke Trouten with Urban Ventures

Life After College

Sunday, 6:00-8:00p
in The Box

Transitioning to post-college life presents a new stage of life with excitement and challenges. From first jobs and paychecks, to moving (or staying!) and navigating friendships, dating, marriage and singleness, there are many things to anticipate. This crash course is designed for almost-college grads to recent grads (1-3 years) to discuss how to transition into post-grad life wisely and live faithfully in this unique stage of life.

Teachers: Alanna Sellinger and guest panelists

Strategic Grandparenting

Sunday, 6:00-9:00p
in The Box

Grandparents play a unique and profoundly influential role in the lives of their grandchildren, but often grandparents themselves don’t understand their enormous potential as spiritual influencers. This crash course is designed to encourage and equip Christian grandparents by teaching biblical principles that will encourage you to leave a legacy of faith to your grandchildren. It will help you overcome obstacles, equip you with best practices to implement in perpetuating your faith, and offer opportunities to learn from other like-minded grandparents. You’ll leave full of inspiration, ideas and practical tools to help you be more intentional in your grandparenting.

Teacher: Jon Ness with Legacy Coalition

101 Classes

Foundational classes for all ages introducing participants to Christian beliefs and practices. Each 101 is four weeks on Sunday mornings, and taught by a variety of staff and lay-leaders.

Spring Term 1

February 4 – February 25

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Gospel 101

A 101 class designed to deepen your understanding and articulation of the Gospel, what it means for the believer (and the non-believer), and how to confidently engage in gospel conversations with others. Note: If you’re a Salt Company student desiring to serve as a Salt Company Student Leader next school year, this class is the prerequisite!

Teachers: Alanna Sellinger and Perry Kallio

Cost: $10 / person

Parenting Kids 101

Parenting Kids has a new look, and is here to help you tackle the rewarding, yet challenging, call to parent the next generation. Building off of gospel-centered principles, we’ll explore practical ways to parent your kids through the areas of discipline and behavior, materialism and gratitude, social media and technology, and gender and sexuality. Please note: This class will be 3 weeks, starting on Sunday, February 11 and ending Sunday, February 25.

Teachers: Steve and Paula Jones with guest panelists

Cost: $10 / family

Spring Term 2

April 7 – April 28

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Bible 101

If the Bible is the most important book for Christians, it’s worth our while to understand why the Bible matters, how we got the Bible, and how we read and interact with it. This class will cover what Christians believe about the Bible and its message, and practical tools to read and study the Bible for yourself. You’ll walk away excited and confident to study God’s word and savor its truths and promises.

Teachers: Alanna Sellinger and Conell Christiansen

Cost: $10 / person

Marriage 101

A class designed for any married, engaged, or seriously dating couple. This 101 class addresses common challenges, foundational principles, and practical wisdom from a biblical perspective. This 101 class combines includes large group teaching and small group table discussion with mentor couples and other participants in a similar stage and season of marriage.

Teachers: Steve and Paula Jones with mentor couples

Cost: $10 / couple

Equip Weekend

Intensive seminars providing theological understanding & training on a particular subject and how it relates to Christian beliefs & practices. One weekend each semester.

Four Challenges Facing the Western Church in America

with Trevin Wax

At this event, we will explore four major challenges facing the Western church, examining the “be true to yourself” mindset, the reduction of Christianity to a privatized faith, the moral revolution against traditional Christian values, and the emergence of non-traditional spiritualities. The conference aims to enhance our understanding of contemporary issues, enabling us to strengthen churches and advance the gospel in the future. Attendees will gain insights to connect with their communities, navigate challenges within their churches, and effectively share the gospel in today’s world.


The Groups Ministry at Cornerstone provides a variety of contexts where gospel friendships can flourish. We want every person to belong inside of a meaningful group that meets unique life stages and seasonal needs.

Connection Groups

Connection groups are the most common kind of group at Cornerstone. These groups are led by lay-leaders and meet on weeknights in homes across town. Most Connection Groups utilize the Bible, Community, Mission rhythm as its structure: Bible study and discussion, Community life together with gospel friendships, and Mission engagement through evangelism. You can view all Connection Groups, along with their times and locations, to find one!

More Groups

Salt Company Connection Groups

Weeknights, college-age students

International Student Family Groups

Weeknights, international students

Cornerstone Youth Small Groups

Wednesdays, middle and high school students

Encore Groups

Sundays: monthly, empty-nesters and retirees

Men’s Groups

Thursdays at 6:00a, all men welcome

Women's Groups

Wednesdays at 6:30p or Thursdays at 8:45a, all women welcome

Cornerstone Recovery Group

Mondays at 6:30p, anyone recovering from hurts, habits, and hangups

GriefShare Groups

Tuesdays at 6:30p, anyone grieving the death of a loved one


City Ministries at Cornerstone strives to be a faithful presence and fruitful witness here in Ames and beyond. Plus, it takes a lot of people to make ministry happen on Sunday mornings! This means we rely on ministry partners who ask, “How can I help?”

Lunch & Learns

Join us for lunch and for the opportunity learn about a partner of Cornerstone’s City and Global Ministries. Sundays after second service around 12:00p in the equipping room — Lunch is free, just RSVP!


Foundations Learning Center
Jan 21

Fostering & Adoption
Feb 11

Martha’s House of Hope
Mar 10

Wings of Refuge
Apr 21


Southeast Asia & C2C
Jan 14

Middle East
Apr 14

Nations Nights

Global Nations Nights are a time to corporately worship the Lord and pray for the work He is doing here and abroad. Hosted at 7:00p.

Jan 22

Feb 19

Mar 18

Apr 22

Serving: Cornerstone Family & Ames Community

It takes a lot of volunteers to make ministry happen! Whatever your strengths or passions, there are many ways you can align your interests with serving opportunities from Sundays and beyond.


Kids Ministry Volunteer
Hospitality/Greeting Volunteer
Coffee Bar Volunteer
Worship Team
Production Team
Choir Ministry
Equipping Set Up Volunteer
Faith and Finances Class Ally


Public School Volunteer
Home For Awhile Ally
English Conversation Partner
Youth Mentor
Benevolence Ally
Cornerstone Recovery Volunteer
Van Ministry
City Ministries Ad Hoc Needs