Laying A Foundation

Our local newspaper had a short article about Cornerstone in today’s paper. I think the article does a decent job of showing how we want to reach out to our community. We want to avoid just trying to create services for the community. I think that just increases the consumerism of the people we are trying to reach. We have to balance reaching out to our community with our purpose of making fully devoted disciples of Christ. It’s a tight rope that we will always walk. How do we contextualize the message to our local culture without losing the focus of the message? How do we make sure that we are challenging people to be transformed and still reach out to the lost? As I shared with the church at the first service on the land, God is writing a new chapter in the story of Cornerstone. We have started our church without marketing, direct mail, or any other advertising. This is really the first opportunity for many in our community to hear of us. I’m excited to see God move and create opportunities for us to reach out.

One of the area’s newest churches is making plans to build a permanent home on 18 acres in Carroll County near Galax.And those plans include more than just a place to have Sunday services, said Mike Morris, one of the leaders of Cornerstone Community Church. “We want to be good neighbors in the community,” he said. The congregation and church leaders want to include people from the community in planning for and using the property.

Ideas include a walking track, amphitheater and playground, though nothing is definite for now.The church is in early stages of planning for the tract on the corner of Timberline Drive and Cranberry Road. It will likely be next year before development starts.

“We want to provide opportunities to connect people with God. That’s our main purpose, develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and encourage people to get involved,” he said. County Administrator Gary Larrowe said, “For it to be available to the community is one of the focuses of the group … that’s absolutely awesome to have another asset in that part of the county.”


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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