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Multigenerational contexts designed to provide biblical literacy, training, and practical application for wise living in the places God has positioned us.

Membership 101
Oct 02 – Oct 09

Blueprint 101
Oct 09 – Nov 13

Parenting 101: Teens
Oct 16 – Nov 06

Crash Course:
Doubt & Assurance of Salvation
Oct 23

Designed to provide insight, resources and biblical wisdom.

Course Archive
Recorded sessions from Equip Weekends & Crash Courses

Suggested Reads
Cornerstone Staff’s favorite & most helpful books

Foundational classes for all ages introducing you to Christian beliefs and practices. All 101 classes are held Sunday mornings at 10am.

Free, workshop-style classes for all ages providing a deep dive on a theological subject for Christian life, practice, and discipline. Monthly, Sunday nights from 6-8p.

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

101 Classes

Looking Ahead

Mark your calendars for these upcoming 101 classes:

Membership 101

10:00 – 10:30a
in The Equipping Room

For 25 years, we have seen God do more than we could ever ask or imagine. As a church family, we want membership to be a way for us to covenant together and affirm a shared confession, a shared vision, and a shared commitment to one another as members of Cornerstone Church. If you are interested in joining Cornerstone as a family member, this 2-week class is your next step!

Blueprint 101

10:00 – 11:30a
in The Box

A 6-week class powered by Younique ministry tools to answer the questions of calling and purpose. As a participant, you will discover and unpack your unique story, abilities, passions, and contexts so that, when paired with a biblical theology of calling, it can help to clarify your own gospel-centered life design.

The cost is $20/person to cover class materials, and is taught by Alanna Sellinger.

Parenting 101: Teens

10:00 – 10:30a
in The Equipping Room

A 4-week class uncovering the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often-chaotic adolescent years (preteen through high school aged children). With wisdom, humility, and compassion, parents will learn how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers in the context of Gospel-centered parenting. The cost is $10/family to cover class materials, and is taught by Steve Jones.

Blueprint 101

10:00 – 11:30a
in The Box

A 6-week class powered by Younique ministry tools to answer the questions of calling and purpose. As a participant, you will discover and unpack your unique story, abilities, passions, and contexts so that, when paired with a biblical theology of calling, it can help to clarify your own gospel-centered life design.

The cost is $20/person to cover class materials, and is taught by Alanna Sellinger.

Doubt & Assurance of Salvation

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

Lack of assurance of salvation can lead to an unraveling of fear, despair, and inner turmoil for Christians who presume they are counted among those unsaved. However, if doubt and lack of assurance are a part of Christian living in a broken world, then John Calvin’s words may comfort to the doubting Christian: “We cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety. . . . Believers are in perpetual conflict with their own unbelief.” Learn in this crash course about how to face doubt and have a renewed sense of confident assurance as a believer in Christ.

Teacher: Dr. Alex Tuckness

Theology of Sexuality

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

What does the Bible teach about sexuality? How can we hold faithfully to Biblical convictions while living with compassion and grace toward others who hold a different view of sexuality? In this crash course, we will grapple with the implications of faithfully holding to a biblical theology of sexual morality in a modern world.

Teacher: Mark Vance

Upcoming

Mark your calendars for these upcoming crash courses:

Coming Soon:
2023 Courses

Missed a Course?

Catch up on classes you couldn’t make (or just revisit ones you enjoyed) here:

A free, weekend lecture series answering questions about science and religion issues at Cornerstone Church.

This is a free event open for anyone (Ames community residents, ISU students, etc.) to attend. Childcare is not provided. Copies of The Creator Revealed will be available for purchase at Equip Weekend.

6:30p
Doors open (light refreshments provided)

7:00p
Session 1: Modern Scientific Evidence for God

Explaining how the discoveries of modern science give evidence for God with emphasis given to scientific observations. Live Q&A will be a part of this session.

8:15p
Session 2: Scientific Evidence for God and Proposed Naturalistic Alternatives

Addressing the latest challenges to scientific evidence for God as proposed by critics of theism. Live Q&A will be a part of this session.

8:15a
Doors open (light refreshments provided)

8:45a
Session 3: The Biblical Creation Account and Science, the Big Bang, and Evolution

Interpreting the Genesis creation account including its compatibility with modern scientific discoveries. Additionally, this session will compare views about creation held by Christians and biblical teaching, along with an exploration of evolution and current scientific challenges with the theory. Plus, live Q&A.

11:00p
Session 4: A Scientists Reflection on God

Exploring insights and life applications about God’s character, including His transcendence and divine purposes, based on what we know about His creation from science. Plus, live Q&A.

Meet Dr. Mike Strauss

Dr. Mike Strauss is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma. He conducts research in high-energy particle physics, currently with data from the ATLAS detector at CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland where he studies the fundamental particles and forces that make up the universe. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical science from Biola University and his Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics from the University of California in Los Angeles.

His previous research was done at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Dr. Strauss has spoken about the intersection of science and Christianity at universities, schools and churches throughout the world. He has the ability to explain complex topics in language that is simple and easily understandable, and to offer life applications based on scientific and biblical ideas. He is the author of The Creator Revealed: A Physicist Examines the Big Bang and the Bible, and one of the general editors of the Dictionary of Christianity and Science, published by Zondervan.

Dr. Strauss’s books will be for sale over the weekend for $10 each.

Blueprint

Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Answering these questions informs how your unique story, abilities, passion and context bring focus to your life’s calling. This Equip Weekend will hone in on a gospel-centered life design powered by Younique to provide a sense of clarity, courage, and calling for your distinct role in God’s redemptive mission. 

Throughout the weekend, participants will attend both main sessions and a total of four breakout sessions to provide tools and training for creating their unique life design.

In order to have the best Equip Weekend experience, participants will be required to complete pre-work (provided via email when registered). The pre-work involves three personal assessments and personal story reflection participant’s will bring with them to Equip Weekend. The time needed to complete pre-work will take approximately one hour.

My Story

Taught by Jeremy Horton

How have my heritage, high points, hard times, heroes, and the hand of God throughout my life created patterns and themes in my life? 

NOTE: This breakout session will use some of your completed pre-work.

My Abilities

Taught by Mark Duvick

What can I do best, and how might these gifts and skills be leveraged for the sake of the Gospel? 

NOTE: This breakout session will use some of your completed pre-work.

My Passion

Taught by Alanna Sellinger

What fuels me most, and how might that inform my unique contribution within the Kingdom of God? 

My Context

Taught by Steve Jones

Where have I been uniquely placed, and what is my greatest impact in this season and stage of my life? 

Registration Prices:

$10 • Student (High School & College)
$25 • Community Participant

6:00p
Dinner (provided with registration)

6:45p
Session #1
Mark Vance

7:15p
Breakout #1

8:00p
Break

8:15p
Breakout #2

9:00a
Light Breakfast (provided with registration)

9:30a
Breakout #3

10:15a
Breakout #4

11:00a
Break

11:15a
Session #2 
Mark Vance

Course Archive

In November our Fall Equip Weekend explored Christian theology and how it relates to mental health. Participants attended both main sessions and focused track sessions in one of the three arenas mental health can most impact a person: in technology, in community, and in vocation.

In April, the Spring Equip Weekend explored Blueprint Foundations: understanding how our unique stories, abilities, passions and contexts bring focus to a gospel-centered life design powered by Younique to provide a sense of clarity, courage, and calling for our distinct roles in God’s redemptive mission. While breakout session recordings are not available for the public, both main sessions are available in our course archive library.