Ministries

Fueled by the gospel, Cornerstone strives to be a gathered family that is outward-facing; building up the next generation of the church – these values are what motivate the continual development of active ministries within the church, the community, and abroad.

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Cornerstone Kids is a place for young children, ranging from birth to 5th grade, to gather in a safe, gospel-centered environment to learn about Jesus, form relationships, and develop positive routines in the church. 

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Cornerstone Youth is a place for middle and high school students to gather together to grow in their relationship with Jesus through teaching, worship, and connecting with other students and leaders through small groups. 6th-8th graders meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30p-8:00p. 9th-12th graders meet on Wednesday nights from 8:00p-9:30p.

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Through the ministry of The Salt Company, roughly 1,300 students gather every Thursday during the school year to hear Biblical teaching and worship God together.

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International Friendship Connection (IFC) aims to help welcome, serve, and support international students and families in Ames through family groups, events, and english conversation partners. The goal is to make Ames feel like a “home away from home” for many who are so far away from their own families, and hope to help others experience love, hope, and meaning in their lives.

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BIBLE. COMMUNITY. MISSION.

All people are created to live in community. Connection groups grow together through study of the Bible, community with one another, and engaging in the mission of the church through personal evangelism.

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Join those who are recovering from hurtful circumstances and addictive behaviors at Celebrate Recovery. This group meets every Monday at 6:30p at Cornerstone Church. Registration is not required!

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Encore is a ministry for those at or approaching retirement. Cornerstone is a multi-generational church and we know that it takes the full participation of the body of Christ for our church to be healthy. We hope that the retirement or empty-nester years are some of the most fruitful of your life!

City Ministries

This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need – how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action. I John 3:16-18

Foster / Adoption

Foster care

  • Respite and resources for potential or current foster families
  • Training and peer support

Adoption

  • Resources for potential or current adoptive families
  • Training and peer support
  • Financial aid for families pursuing adoption

Temporary Housing

Home for Awhile

A 90-day transitional housing program to reduce homelessness in our community. Ways you can get involved:

  • Be a tenant ally
  • Adopt an apartment
  • Join the apartment furnishing team
  • Support financially

Public Schools

Ames Community Schools identifies 150-200 homeless youth each year. A third of students in Ames receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch. One in five children in Ames are considered undernourished. 1,500 local students are considered at-risk.

Cornerstone can serve at local schools by

  • Promoting literacy
  • Providing good role models
  • Supporting teachers
  • Encouraging school attendance
  • Connecting those with physical needs to people who can help them

Post-Incarceration Support

Jail Ministry

Small group Bible studies at the Story County Jail

Transitional Homes

Two hosted homes in Ames provide a gospel-centered, loving, positive environment where men and women can thrive and live a life of purpose

Church Family

Benevolence Program

Connection group leaders can refer members to the Cornerstone Local Missions team for:

  • Unexpected financial burdens
  • Automotive & home repairs
  • Counseling 

Mental Health

The Cornerstone Counseling Center exists to foster a culture of care in the Ames community and beyond by providing Christ-centered, clinically-informed counseling, consultation, and training.

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples / Marriage Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling

Global Ministries

Cornerstone Global exists to send healthy members & resources to plant and strengthen churches in strategic partnerships around the world.

Short Term Trips

We believe there is value in having our worldview shaped by being exposed to people of other cultures and the needs of the world. Cornerstone offers numerous cultural exposure trips for our members to be a blessing to our overseas partners and to learn from the faith of our dear brothers and sisters overseas.

Long Term Trips

With over 3 billion in the people in the world that have restricted or low access to the Gospel, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. As a church, we desire to send healthy members into cross-cultural settings to bring the Gospel to the next generation of university students through our two year Overseas Residency.

Adopting an Overseas Worker

We have an opportunity as a church to help overseas workers sent from Cornerstone stay and thrive overseas by adopting them into our connection groups. Praying for and caring for our overseas workers helps encourage them in their task of bringing the gospel to the nations.

IFC

International Friendship Connection (IFC) aims to help welcome, serve, and support international students and families in Ames through family groups, events, and english conversation partners. We want to make Ames feel like a “home away from home” for many who are so far away from their own families, and hope to help others experience love, hope, and meaning in their lives.

To make this possible, we are always looking for more families at Cornerstone to be a part of welcoming international students into their home.

Financial Support

Cornerstone members are encouraged to first give to the general ministry of the church so leadership can rightly appropriate funds to where they are needed most. As you look to give above and beyond, consider giving to one of these Cornerstone-directed ministries:
  • Global church planting
  • Global church strenthening
  • Global community development efforts
  • International Friendship Connection (IFC)
  • Short-term trip scholarships
  • Staffing / administration

Learn & Pray

Stay updated about overseas workers, global partners, and the church abroad.

In Luke 10:2 Jesus tells us that one of the greatest ways that we can participate in the expansion of the Gospel to the ends of the earth is to pray. Get signed up to pray for Cornerstone overseas workers and to pray for the unreached people groups of the world. 

From the Field

Issue 001 | Fall 2021

A publication of Cornerstone Global to tell the stories of overseas workers and the church around the globe.

Upcoming Events

An overview of 2022 trips below: