What is Cornerstone?

Cornerstone Christian Church is an independent Christian Church.  As an independent Christian church, Cornerstone is staff-led and elder-protected.  Our leadership is committed to creating an environment that will allow Jesus to be glorified and lives to be transformed.

Our Mission

Cornerstone exists to connect people to Jesus for transformed lives.

Simply put, we believe everybody can have a relationship with Jesus that leads to a better life. Whether you're just starting to wonder "who is this Jesus guy?" or looking for a church to call home, we are here to help you take steps toward knowing Him better.

Our Vision

To be a church of growing disciples making growing disciples.

We believe all are called to be a part of the mission Jesus gave before leaving earth, which is to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).  As you move forward in growing with Jesus, we believe you should help others take steps toward knowing Him as well.  This is best done in a relationship with one another.

Our Heritage

Cornerstone's roots can be traced back to East St. Louis in 1905, Fairview Heights in 1971, and a church merger in 2000.  Through the years, the vision remains to reach the people of St. Louis Metro East for Christ.
Major growth and a change in church dynamics occurred in January 2006, when Cornerstone (formerly Chapel Hill Christian Church)  opened our current facility in Shiloh.

Our Values

Seek What Is Lost

“We focus on helping people find their way to God.”

We will recognize the urgency of our calling by intentionally building relationships with people far from God, people turned off from church, and people seeking truth. We will be externally focused but internally aware.

Luke 15, Luke 19:10, Ecclesiastes 3:22
Pay The Price

“We give up things we love for things we love even more.”

We will make serving others and putting them first a way of life, because God’s mission is bigger than me. We will humbly sacrifice our own preferences in order to engage in and reach out to our community, because obedience rarely happens without sacrifice. We love people more than programs or places, and we will sacrifice with generosity and abundant joy.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Luke 9:24, Luke 18:28-30, Acts 2:44-45
Take The Next Step

“We commit to grow personally and spiritually to be more like Christ.”

We will continually pursue intimacy with God by taking next steps in spiritual growth. We will do our part to be spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers. We will actively demonstrate our love for God and each other by our actions. We focus on health, because health fosters growth.

Acts 10 (Peter and Cornelius), I Peter 5:6-11 “as individuals and as a church family”; Ephesians 4:15-16
Get Out Of The Boat

”We trust God, take risks, and embrace failures.”

We will be Spirit-led and faith-filled, believing in a big God who can do amazing things through us we could never do on our own. We will always be forward thinking, willing to take steps of faith to honor Christ. We will not just be people who pray, but people of prayer. We will intentionally build up God’s Kingdom, not our own.

Matthew 14:22-34
Pour It Out

"We give our best for God, because He gave His best for us."

We will always give our very best and never say our effort is "good enough," because we recognize that the way we live our lives is an expression of worship.  We pray as if everything depends on prayer and work as if everything depends on work.  We will pursue excellence and create experiences that are welcoming because we serve an excellent God.

Colossians 3:23, Philippians 2:12-18Philippians 3:12-14, Philippians 4:8
Get Messy

“We courageously meet people where they are, walking in grace and truth.”

We will lean in toward people from different spiritual backgrounds and viewpoints while speaking the truth in love. We will embrace tension despite awkwardness and love out loud with integrity and character. We will answer the questions people are actually asking, staying Biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

John 1:14, Acts 9 (Paul’s conversion)
Stand Together

“We pursue unity, work collaboratively, and hold things loosely.”

We will work with each other as opposed to alone because we are better together. We will always aim to replace ourselves by developing others and multiplying leaders. We will be about unity in the greater body of Christ, partnering with churches and movements beyond our walls. We pursue meaningful relationships by intentionally providing care, instruction, discipleship, and fellowship for one another.

Ecclesiastes 4:12, Proverbs 10:12, Philippians 2:1-2
Walk In Truth

“We always ask, 'What does the Bible say?'”

We will live our lives under the guidance and direction of the Bible, seeking to follow God’s ways in every attitude, thought, and decision in life. The Bible is our first and primary source of guidance for all faith and practice. We are a people of the Word, by the Word, and for the Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119:160, 2 Corinthians 6:7, 2 Corinthians 13:8, Colossians 1:23, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 John 3:19