All of Cornerstone's ministries support the church's overall mission of multiplying Christ followers.
The mission of Cornerstone Community Church is to multiply Christ-followers who love God, love others, and serve both. In keeping with the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, we believe the church's responsibility is to make disciples—equipping believers for the work of sharing the gospel, growing in their identity in Christ, and making disciples themselves.
All that we do at Cornerstone centers around making disciples, whether in large groups like Sunday worship or in smaller groups like Sunday School and or community groups. But we view one-on-one discipleship as the linchpin for making disciples. One-on-one discipleship provides an opportunity for depth, authenticity, and growth that isn't possible in other settings. Our goal is for every person at Cornerstone to be involved in discipleship.
We appreciate the opportunity to share in the lives of children. We view this ministry as both a privilege and responsibility that we do not take lightly. It is our goal that the children’s ministries of Cornerstone Community Church build both the spiritual health of the children and the health of the family. One way we encourage both of these is by offering a family worship time. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m., and we invite you to worship with your children during the singing portion at the beginning of the service. We then excuse the children to their classes where they receive age appropriate Bible teaching.
We have a wonderful children’s ministry here at Cornerstone Community Church that gives parents peace of mind while they worship, knowing that their little ones are being cared for and taught Scripture by volunteers who are screened and trained to care for and teach children about God’s Word.
M&M's (Mini Miracles)
Infant through Two Years Old
Location: Nursery 2
Parents may worship with complete assurance that their little ones are being safely and lovingly cared for by our dedicated volunteers. As you enter the secure check-in area, you will receive a label for your child’s belongings and a name tag highlighting any special needs. Our nurseries have mirrored windows for parents to peek in on their little ones undetected. Nursery is available in both the Sunday School hour 9:30–10:30 a.m. and during the worship service 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Two Sunday school classes are offered for children.
JAM (Jesus and Me)
Preschoolers ages 3–5
Location: Nursery 1
SLAM (Serving God, Loving Others and Making a Joyful Noise)
Location: West 1
Both classes are going through a curriculum called The Gospel Project. We love this curriculum because it teaches the Bible chronologically in light of God's plan of redemption through Jesus.
For example, the story of Jonah is often taught as a lesson for little boys and girls to be good listeners and to obey their parents. Of course we want to teach children to respect and obey their parents, but the story of Jonah is a much more profound message of God’s plan of salvation and His desire that everyone would find forgiveness by His grace through faith, even those who we don’t get along with. Sometimes God asks us to do things we don’t want to, but we do it so others can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
During their class, the kids have a large group teaching time followed by three activity centers to apply the lesson: Scripture memorization, activities and crafts, and journaling (or drawing).
There are three worship environments for children during worship.
BLAST (Big, Loud Awesome, Spiritual Teaching)
Preschoolers ages 3–5
Location: West 2
SURGE (Seeking Understanding and Reaching to God Every day)
Location: West 1
IMPACT (Inspiring Maturity and Preparing Authentic Change Through Christ)
Children participate in the singing portion of the regular worship service and then are dismissed. (SURGE and IMPACT do not meet when we have Communion—typically the first Sunday of the month.)
Children learn biblical truth and principles through the Gospel Project. The story continues the theme from Sunday school but with a fresh twist and new activities.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
4 Years Old Through Just Completed 5th Grade
Each year we host Vacation Bible School (VBS) as a ministry outreach to the community. We believe in creating a safe, respectful, and fun environment where children hear the Good News and create lasting memories. Every child will hear how Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of sins through engaging, age-appropriate biblical teaching. Children learn dance moves set to contemporary Christian music, meet an actual missionary, make crafts, play team-building games, memorize scripture through games, and enjoy themed snacks.
Each year we have a different theme. In 2017, our theme was Christ In Me. The kids learned how through faith in Christ we are transformed by his Holy Spirit to have his super power. Check out our highlight video from VBS 2017.
Our student ministry is divided into two age groups: middle school (6th grade–8th grade) and high school (9th grade–12th grade). They meet during Sunday school and on Sunday nights.
Our middle schoolers meet Sunday mornings in the student ministry classroom in the east wing from 9:30–10:30. The middle schoolers also meet on Sunday night for Youth Group from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the church. High school Youth Group's mission is to live sent as missional servants of Jesus Christ.
For Sunday school, the high school boys and high school girls meet separately at 9:30. The high schoolers also meet Sunday night for Youth Group at 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the church.
One thing we know about women is they truly enjoy growing in their faith and experiencing deeper connections with other women. Our Women’s Ministry provides opportunities for women to grow deeper in their walk with Jesus through Bible studies, conferences, and retreats while providing activities throughout the year that allows for us to get to know each other better and encourage each other. We would love to have you join us!
SATURDAY MORNING MINGLE
Women of Cornerstone gather at the McCunes' home every 2nd Saturday of the month to sit, sip, and fellowship. You can count on great conversation, yummy treats, and delicious drinks. You don't need to RSVP or bring anything. Please call the office for more information (816) 380–2422.
Whether you like having breakfast, going on retreats, or hanging out shooting skeet, our men’s ministry always has something in the works bringing men together over food, fellowship, and fun.
Men meet for a fellowship breakfast every two weeks Saturday morning from 7:30 - 8:30am at The Brick House Coffee Bar and Eatery located on the square in Harrisonville. Please contact the church office for more information on this or other men’s events.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
If you’re looking for a place to learn more about the Bible and get acquainted with new people, we invite you to take an elective class. Classes typically last ten to twelve weeks, so the offerings change throughout the year. Classes study books of the Bible, theology, particular topics (such as parenting or personal finance) from a biblical perspective, or edifying books. Classes happen every Sunday morning from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Koinonia offers biblical community for our adults with special needs to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. (Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship.) The group meets regularly during Sunday School, as well as other times outside of Sunday mornings. We use Access, an adult curriculum for Bible study, Scripture memorization, and application.
Cornerstone's mission is explicitly spiritual in its focus, but human beings are more than just spiritual beings. We value mental, physical, and spiritual health because God created human beings as both physical and spiritual beings. We also want to be involved in the community since our Lord calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Every human being—black or white, rich or poor, young or old, male or female—bears God's image. Through our community involvement we confess that every human being, not just those in our church, is inherently valuable.
If you or a loved one need help, we heartily recommend Peace Partnership, a Christian counseling ministry that relies on biblical wisdom to help those struggling with scars and wounds that may keep them from reaching their potential in Christ. Contact Peace Partnership for appointments. Counseling is available in Harrisonville at Cornerstone Community Church on Fridays.
IF NOT FOR GRACE
Pastors Mark and Nathan participate in the Harrisonville Ministerial Alliance, a group of local pastors and lay people who join together to testify to the unity of the body of Christ, to encourage one another, and to serve the community. The Ministerial Alliance provides food, emergency assistance, and low-cost clothing through the Thrift Shop and Shepherd's Staff Food Pantry.
Cornerstone supports Bright Futures Harrisonville, an organization that works to ensure that all children have what they need to be successful students by matching student needs with resources. You can help Bright Futures in many different ways. Visit their website for the latest information.