Lead Pastor, Pastor of Congregational Care
I was hired at Cornerstone as the Pastor of Congregational Care, covering all pastoral tasks of the church outside of preaching. This included counseling, administration, supervision of the ministries of the church, hospital visitation, weddings and funerals, baptisms, and many other areas. I worked closely with the part-time preaching pastor to hep set vision for the church, coordinate worship services, and plan events. I also worked as our tech support, creating a church website and effective computer system for the church.
When the preaching pastor moved on, I was asked by the congregation to step into the role of Lead Pastor, and add the weekly preaching to my duties. As Lead Pastor, I also supervised the staff, and helped coordinate our Leadership Team, responsible for making everything run smoothly at church.
I was also able to lead the church through a number of transitions during my tenure at Cornerstone, including many shifts in personnel (lead pastor, associate pastor and worship leader), and also a physical move, selling the building and moving to another that would serve our needs better.
There have been many aspects of my experience at Cornerstone that I enjoyed. We held a Q&A time at the end of each sermon, allowing people to directly interact with what had been taught that morning. We gathered every week for a community night, allowing kids, youth, and adults to all worship together, and take part in some age-appropriate lessons centered around the same material, to allow families to have great conversations during the week.
One of my greatest passions is for healing in the church, and Cornerstone was a place that seemed to draw people in need of healing of one form or another. This healing takes place in a number of ways. The most direct is through counseling. I have had opportunity to work directly with individuals, couples and even families in need, working through various personal crises, dealing with grief, and even some unfortunate instances of spiritual attack and abuse. It has been a great privilege to work with these people on a personal basis. Many times, these people need more than I can offer, so I have built a network of contacts in the professional counseling world as well. Healing also comes at a corporate level. There are ways to address corporate need from the pulpit, discussing our need for personal redemption and forgiveness, and in working out God's grace to us in our relationships with others. I am passionate for the work of God in the lives of his people, and grateful that Cornerstone allowed me the opportunity to engage with that work.
• Preached weekly in exegetical, topical and other creative styles, including modern parables and
• Counseled individuals, couples, and families in situations of crisis, grief, pre-marital, et al.
• Revitalized Small Groups ministry
• Instituted Adult Education, teaching, writing and finding class curriculum and organizing leaders
• Oversaw all ministries, recruiting, supervising and training leaders
• Coordinated multi-church Celebrate Recovery program, including large and small group teaching, volunteer coordination and training, and recovery counseling
• Mentored student interns in supervised
• Guided church transitions, including staff changes and a move to a new physical location
• Created and maintained church website and computer system, implemented audio/visual needs