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Our mission is to produce lifelong Disciples of Christ. Plain and simple. We believe that this is done best in the context of intentional loving relationships. This relationship building between youth workers and students is one of purpose and intent. With this in mind, the youth worker enters the world of a student, as an incarnated representation of Jesus Christ, with the conscious mindset of representing our Savior’s transformational love and grace. This is the essence of discipleship, where people walk through life together. Our youth worker echoes the call of the apostle Paul when he said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. “ As we also embody Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 when he states, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”

It is with this mindset that we desire to engage both students and their families, as we serve as a resource, to aid parents in the spiritual development of their adolescents. We the church want to come along side the family and aid in all ways possible. Decrease High School Ministry at Cornerstone Church is primarily a ministry to high school students but also to their families as well.
Youth ministry at Cornerstone Church exists to teach, implore, educate, inspire students to learn how to love God, self, and others; enabling them to use their lifestyles to glorify Christ.
The following serves as the backbone to why we do what we do here in youth ministry at Cornerstone Church.   All of our programming pieces will serve to accomplish one of our five values.  Everything we say and do has specific purpose and intent.

Maturity:   Rooted vME (sq. root of ME)

We desire students to continually grow and mature in their personal relationship with Christ.  We want them to be rooted in the scriptures and develop a biblically based worldview.

James 1:22-25, Hebrew 5:13-14, Isaiah 26:8, Psalms 119:9-11

Identity: Beloved…it’s my identity!  I = Beloved

We desire students to understand that they are Christ beloved.  This happens when student understand that they are His children, future heirs to His kingdom, and part of a royal priesthood.  This identity should serve as the foundation of who they are.

1 Peter 2:9, Romans 8:16-17, 37-39, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Zephaniah 3:17

Community: Intentional Unity… I’m counted on!  WE/I

We desire to see that they are part of a community, understanding that their relationship to Christ begins with a personal decision to follow Him, but is lived out and expressed in the context of community.   They understand that they are important to the body of Christ and can only operate at their best when they are actively involved in the life of the body.  They know that they are counted on.

John 13:34-35, Philippians 2:1-10, Ephesians 4:1-6, 1 John 4:7-12

Mission: They > I

We desire students to understand that as a follower of Christ they are called to be a servant.  We want them to actively seek ways to serve others and by serving them they are placing Christ before themselves.  They serve with the purpose and intent of sharing Jesus Christ and his love and grace.   They serve our group, church, community, and world.   This happens when students decide to put their faith into action.

1 John 3:16-18, Matthew 25:34-40, James 1:27, 2:14-17

Ownership: HE > I

We desire for students to understand that the life they have been given is not about them, it is about Christ.  They own their faith and choose to live with a lifestyle that is based in scripture and purposed in glorifying Christ.  They take ownership of their faith and become self existing and reproducing disciples of Jesus.

1 John 3:30, Micah 6:8, Romans 12:9-21, Psalm 51:10-17


Sunday morning AT 10:45am-12pm IN MULTIPURPOSE ROOM 1


We believe that students need a specific environment to produce optimal spiritual growth. It is with this purpose we have established our own separate Sunday morning youth worship service. During this time students get the opportunity to experience Jesus through Fellowship, Worship, and Biblical Instruction. We usually sing 4-6 worship songs and have age appropriate sermons lasting from 25-40 minutes. We also partake in communion once a month.


Wednesdays at 6:30pm-8:30pm in MULTIPURPOSE ROOM 1


In an attempt to engage students on a holistic level we have developed our mid-week meetings to focus on prayer, community, discussion, and accountability. Students begin the night with a 10-15 minute devotional and then discuss their God findings and eventually end up in a small group that challenges them, prays for them, and helps hold them accountable.


Jesus is fully God and fully man. This statement is something that separates religions, spurs great arguments, and is a foundational truth to Christianity. 1 John speaks authoritatively about the truth of the incarnation – a message that the doubting readers needed after hearing false teachers deny the full divinity and humanity of Christ. It reaffirms Christian living, saying that either we exhibit sound doctrine, obedience, and love that characterize all Christians, or else we are not true Christians. How relevant in a day and age where relativism runs rampant!? Join us Sunday morning as we unpack this apostolic letter and look into the truths concerning Christ, living as children of God, and more.

For Cornerstone Youth, we believe that relationships are some of the most joyful and fruitful gifts that we can ever receive, and the most important relationship that we desire our students to have is one with God. For our Wednesday evenings, we are going through a series in our small groups called “Behold Your God: Magnify His Majesty”, where we will encourage our students to know God through His Word and in His works. To know God is to love Him and His creation, and this results in living a life of serving Him with a genuine heart attitude. Join us for this awesome study as learn, discuss, and pray with one another in our small groups!
Ryan McElrath






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