courageous. consistent. creative.
In October of 1949, twenty-two of our “big brothers and big sisters” gathered at Effingham’s American Legion Hall, the Odd Fellows Hall, and even individual homes, calling themselves Central Church of Christ. In 1953, Central Church of Christ moved into a property at the corner of Willow and Brentwood in Effingham. After five years of growth, the property at 1007 S. Willow was purchased. It was time to take the next step in accomplishing the mission given to us by Jesus – making disciples. Construction on the Willow Street Church of Christ began in 1958, and by 1960 we were worshiping there.
Years later, it was decided that the best way to continue our mission was to buy property on the south end of town and build a building. And again, we changed our name, becoming Cornerstone Christian Church, a drastic step we leaned into into boldly because of our convictions. Ministry has flourished as Cornerstone moved forward, building on the previous generation’s legacy with respect for what has been and the pursuit of what could be. We have another opportunity to continue in that tradition.
It’s time to make improvements to the tool God has given us in our building and grounds. We want to use this building to ensure Cornerstone is on the frontlines of ministry in Effingham and beyond for generations to come. We want to make sure our children and grandchildren have a group of people to grow with, be on mission with, and a church to call home.
Cornerstone continues to make disciples of Jesus by loving God, loving people, loving Effingham and beyond. We want to go “All IN” and lean into “The Beyond Initiative.”
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Cornerstone Church proudly serves as an influential, multi-generational church in the greater Effingham area. The church recognizes its duty to reach beyond the walls of the church to effectively minister to the lost, unchurched people of Effingham County. Cornerstone is an ever-evolving church, and today is a different church than it was even five years ago. The church’s cultural influence and regional radius have changed, and its mission and vision have been updated for today’s church. Today, we recognize the importance of providing for the needs of all generations to effectively reach the unchurched. For youth, that need focuses on conversation and large group space that allows them to both learn intently as well as have higher energy fun. For adults, the needs focus on several areas, including large and medium size group space for deeper learning, effective worship space for intentionally deep spiritual worship, and strategic lobby/community space for one-on-one and group social interactions.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
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