2024 Annual Report

I am continually amazed at the faithfulness of God. As difficult as it was to maneuver through the pandemic and the years following, we can look back with thankfulness. God taught us some valuable lessons with regard to our priorities, our faith, and our need to love others. He continues to humble us even as he provides for us.

God has provided for our budgeted needs and more, which will allow us to take care of some major maintenance needed on our campus and lay the groundwork to invest in our children, youth, and family ministry. That’s exciting. Through the pandemic years we were reminded that fear is antithetical to faith. This was crucial to embrace as fear seemed to be the prevailing message of our world, whether driven by sickness, treatments, conspiracies or the future. Our calling is to walk by faith, and by God’s grace we’ve been able to do that.

As we look to 2024, we have several goals. As leaders, we want to renew our commitment to discipleship by clarifying how the various ministries we practice work together to mature and equip us for living in light of God’s Kingdom. We also want to revisit our children’s ministry vision and consider hiring a children, youth, and family ministry director. As a church body, we want to encourage one another to BLESS our neighbors. We each have unique sphere’s of influence. We want to be intentional to share our lives and live our faith in such a way that blesses those around us.

What do we mean by BLESS our neighbors? BLESS is an acronym. Begin with praying for 3-4 people in your sphere of influence that God would soften their hearts to the gospel and provide opportunity to serve and share with them. Listen with care whenever you talk with them. Take the time to eat together as a way of getting to know them. As you listen, take note of ways you can serve their needs, and share the way God has blessed you. As you find God opening doors for you to BLESS others, share those stories with your small group and let me know so that we can encourage each other.

On a personal note, I am thankful for my Cornerstone family. You have encouraged and supported me and my family through many years. While pastoral ministry can weigh heavy on the heart, it is also a tremendous joy. I am looking forward to what God will do in and through us for our families and our city.

Living in Light of the Kingdom of God in Christ,

Pastor Carter