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Terry Iles: More Precious than Gold, Sweeter than Honey

Good evening. My name is Terry Iles. I am a part of Cornerstone, along with my wife, Sara, and our 4 year old daughter, Emma, and I am also blessed to serve as one of your elders. We live in Boxborough, and I work as a doctoral student in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies. It will be no no surprise to many of you that my faith story may seem dry and undramatic. However, in spite of this appearance, I…

Book Recommendation: Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman

At Cornerstone, we believe in local church membership (e.g., see our Church Covenant). The Board of Elders is reading through and discussing Church Membership: How The World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman. This book, from the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series, gives a clear explanation of what church membership is, where we see it in the Bible, and why it matters for us today. Please pick up and read a copy. Another helpful article is 6 Reasons Why…

Book Recommendation: Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne

We ask each one of our Elders to read Church Elders: How To Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus by Jeramie Rinne. This book, from the 9Marks Building Healthy Churches series, gives a brief but thorough explanation of the role of Elder in the church, and what Elders are called to do. As an Elder-Led church, we believe we all need to understand who Elders are and what they do, so if you have any question about Elders, I encourage you to pick…

Constitution & By-Laws

The Constitution and By-Laws of Cornerstone Congregational Church are our governing documents. Please read them here, and review our Playbook, to understand how Cornerstone operates.

Women Deacons at Cornerstone

Can women serve as Deacons in the church? Although Cornerstone limits the role of Elders to men,  we fully support women and men serving as Deacons, as shown in our Philosophy of Ministry. Please read the Cornerstone Board of Elder’s interpretation of 1 Timothy 3:11 to find out why.

Elder Installation Vows

Cornerstone is an Elder-Led Church. Because of this, we take the time to thoroughly assess, pray for, and commission each one of our new Elders. As we welcome new Elders onto the board, we recognize them publicly in one of our church services through an Elder Installation. This includes an explanation of what it means to be an Elder-Led church, and vows taken by them and the congregation. Please read all three below. The vows are adapted from Finding Faithful Elders…

Announcing Cornerstone Autonomy!

Jesus said to his disciple Peter in Matthew 16:18b, “…I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (NIV®) Here Christ promises to push back Satan through the ministry and mission of his bride, the church. Today, we’re happy to announce Christ is continuing to build his church. As of Wednesday, July 19th 2017, Cornerstone Congregational Church has transitioned from being a ministry of Immanuel Church in Chelmsford to becoming our own legally autonomous church.…