A few weeks ago Father Mark introduced me through this newsletter. I’ll be helping St. Marks with the vision, strategy, and leadership development for Cornerstone Groups. Let me begin by answering three questions you may have at this point.
What are Cornerstone Groups?
In summary, they are small group environments (preferably less than thirteen people) that meet regularly and are designed to embody three out of the four values of St. Marks: Christian Community, Historic Teaching, and Christ’s Mission. Along with Eucharistic Worship, they are one of two basic components of St. Marks discipleship strategy.
OK, so how do I sign up for a Cornerstone Group?
You can’t. Not yet. We may launch a limited number of Cornerstone Groups in October, but our major roll-out will be in January 2019. At that point, we hope most everyone at St. Mark’s will join a Cornerstone Group for the seasons of Epiphany and Lent. Between now and then I’ll be working to make sure we have enough trained leaders for those seasons.
Are Cornerstone Groups related to the Cornerstone Campaign?
Yes and No. “Yes,” in that both Cornerstone Groups and the Cornerstone (capital) Campaign were fueled by–and are an extension of–the new Who We Are mission statement. But “No,” in that Cornerstone Groups are not an aspect of the capital campaign. Cornerstone Groups will continue well beyond the Cornerstone Campaign as St. Mark’s small groups ministry expression.