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August 2021

Cornerstone Conference is a body of IPHC Churches existing to equip ministers and churches to fulfill the Great Commission!

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5 Reasons Prayer is Challenging - with Insights for Breakthrough

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Cornerstone Conference Superintendent

(*Article by Dan Reiland)

Prayer is arguably the most powerful force in the world; it is literally life-changing.

Yet, most would agree that prayer is significantly underutilized.

Why?

Prayer requires energy, focus, discipline, and time. If it was easy, more people would pray, and believers would pray more consistently and perhaps even longer.

There is no law or formula for when or how long you need to pray. . .

However, there is something undeniably powerful about more time with God, hearing His voice, lifting your prayers, and seeing miracles happen.

Prayer is a blessing, not a burden; it’s a privilege, not a pressure.

Leaders are not excluded from this conversation.

It’s not uncommon for the work of ministry to steal us away from the power of ministry – prayer.

We can become so busy in doing good; we have limited time for what is best. This is not a new issue, but the longer I lead, the more I realize the depth of the power of prayer.

Prayer is work, but it also brings joy.

Close communion with God through prayer is extraordinary. To be able to talk with the Creator of the heavens and the earth and know He listens, cares, and responds is an extraordinary gift.

God wants us to know Him, invites us to talk with Him, and from there, He empowers our leadership for the sake of His Church.

Knowing the reasons that make prayer challenging helps us breakthrough to a greater level of prayer.

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5 Reasons Prayer Is Difficult and Insights to Breakthrough:

1) External pressures are allowed to outweigh internal values.

The heart is drawn toward time with God, but the mind is pulled toward stuff to do. Is this true for you?

That’s the dilemma for most of us leaders.

The reason our work can steal our time with God is that external pressures scream loud and drown out the quiet but true voice of our values and desire to be with the Father.

Jesus is never loud or demanding; He just opens the door and waits.

Our best road to beat the external noise of pressure is to establish a disciplined routine of prayer, which, once established, always becomes a joy that you can’t wait to get to.

It really does!

I have a little prayer room in my basement, and I truly love my time there. It’s like a sacred sanctuary. I’m often tempted to leave quicker than I desire (stuff to do), but the inner peace from the voice of God usually wins!

Read entire article here...

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Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Conference Superintendent

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The cultural mandate’s connection to the Great Commission

Jonathan Hill, Resident Director of Evangelism Ministries

*Article by Matthew Fretwell

Humans have relatedness and relationship because of the Creator. Humanity was created in the "image" and "likeness" of God (Gen. 1:26-28). Our relational capability defines humanity as different than any other created thing. We were made for relationships.

Through the Scriptures, the reassurance of our purpose and design in being relationship-driven is validated. The only time within the creation narrative that God mentions anything negative is in man's isolation and loneliness (Gen. 2:18). Humanity was made for relationship with God and with one another. What does this have to do with a cultural mandate?

The cultural mandate, as it is known, states, "God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth'" (Gen. 1:28).

The misconception about the cultural mandate is that people believe that it merely applies to human reproduction. However, in light of the continuity of Scripture, and the whole counsel of God, there is a link to multiplicity and a correlation to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Yet, as we note from the beginning of creation, an intimacy of relatedness (to God, one another, and creation) and the primacy of love are innately encoded into our DNA by the Creator.

As Adam and Eve walked with the Creator in the garden, they were gaining an intimate understanding of living with God within the daily regularities of life. The proclamation "to be fruitful and multiply," or cultural mandate, was a commission—to fill the earth as image-bearers of God.1

Think of this—if Adam and Eve had not committed sin, their mandate would have driven them to expand the Garden of Eden to fill the entirety of the earth. The Garden of Eden would have possessed no boundaries. Every person, beginning at birth, would have come to know, love, worship, and serve the Creator by becoming a disciple-maker (talking about God and living for God). For this reason, we can see the correlation with the Great Commission multiplicative mandate to make disciples of every tribe and nation (Matt. 28:19-20). Life is about knowing God and making Him known (multiplying).

Read entire article here….

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Check out the new video from Tres Jones, our new IPHC Church Multiplication Director!

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The Leading Edge Conference 2022 @ Emmanuel College

Jonathan Hill, Resident Director of Evangelism Ministries

President Ron White invites you to the campus of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, for The Leading Edge Conference on February 21-22, 2022.

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President Ron White, Ed.D.

“Leading during changing times is challenging and, at times, bewildering. The Leading Edge Conference will confront this reality and promises to provide leaders with a leading edge. Well-qualified speakers who are actively engaged in the crucible of leadership will share from the depth of their experiences to address the conference theme for 2022, Envisioning Leadership in a Changing World. I hope you will join us for this transformative time.”

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Conference Registration Information

Early Bird Pricing (on or Before November 15):

$99 per individual
$89 per 2-4 people from the same church/organization
$79 per 5+ people from the same church/organization

Pricing after November 15:

$119 per individual
$109 per 2-4 people from the same church/organization
$99 per 5+ people from the same church/organization

*Registration includes all sessions, worship & keynote addresses, and working breakfast/lunch on Tuesday.

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PRAYER HAS ITS REASONS

Doug Beane-Hall, Conference WIN Director

*Article By Focus on the Family

Christian philosopher and scientist Blaise Pascal (1623-62) wrote, “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing … ” This article proposes that prayer has its reasons. Why we pray is important, as is prayer itself. What follows are twelve reasons to pray.

1) God’s Word Calls Us to Pray

One key reason to pray is because God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him. Where does the Bible call us to prayer? Several passages are relevant:

▪ “Pray for those who persecute you” -Matthew 5:44 (NIV) [1]
▪ “And when you pray …” -Matthew 6:5
▪ “This, then, is how you should pray …” -Matthew 6:9
▪ “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12
▪ “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” -Ephesians 6:18
▪ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6
▪ “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” -Colossians 4:2
▪ “Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
▪ “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1
“Pray for those who persecute you” -Matthew 5:44 (NIV) [1]
“And when you pray …” -Matthew 6:5
“This, then, is how you should pray …” -Matthew 6:9
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” -Ephesians 6:18
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” -Colossians 4:2
“Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer is an act of obedience. God calls us to pray and we must respond.

2) Jesus Prayed Regularly

Why did Jesus pray? One reason he prayed was as an example so that we could learn from him. The Gospels are full of references to the prayers of Christ, including these examples:

▪ “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” -Matthew 14:23
▪ “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.'” -Matthew 26:36
▪ “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” -Mark 1:35
▪ “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:16
▪ “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” -Luke 6:12
▪ “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” -Luke 18:1
“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” -Matthew 14:23
“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.'” -Matthew 26:36
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” -Mark 1:35
“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” -Luke 5:16
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” -Luke 6:12
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” -Luke 18:1

3) Prayer is How We Communicate with God

Prayer allows us to worship and praise the Lord. It also allows us to offer confession of our sins, which should lead to our genuine repentance. Moreover, prayer grants us the opportunity to present our requests to God. All of these aspects of prayer involve communication with our Creator. He is personal, cares for us, and wants to commune with us through prayer.

▪ ” … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
▪ Isaiah wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
▪ Hebrews 4:15-16 reads, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
” … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
Isaiah wrote, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).
Hebrews 4:15-16 reads, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Prayer is not just about asking for God’s blessings – though we are welcome to do so – but it is about communication with the living God. Without communication, relationships fall apart. So, too, our relationship with God suffers when we do not communicate with Him.

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Highlights of the Hispanic Ministry

Joel Pava, Resident Director of Hispanic Ministries

"Let the children come to me". Jesus said it and Templo Emanuel in Mocksville, NC, made it possible for Hispanic children by organizing their first VBS! Sister Adry Moreno, director of the VBS, said that "It was a great experience for the kids and a good opportunity for them to know more about Jesus".

Pastor Elisa Rodríguez and her husband, minister Johny Rodriguez, said that they had great support from the parents and the kids were happy.

Thank you for all of your prayers and the support you give for our Hispanic Ministry! God bless you all!

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Cornerstone Conference ARISE 2033 Growth Track

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Tips to Enlarge the Hispanic Ministry at CCIPHC

Answer these questions:

1. Do we want to mother a Hispanic congregation within our ministry?
2. Do we want to facilitate our building for a Hispanic congregation to start on their own?
3. Do we want to mother/support a Hispanic congregation outside?
1. Do we want to mother a Hispanic congregation within our ministry?
2. Do we want to facilitate our building for a Hispanic congregation to start on their own?
3. Do we want to mother/support a Hispanic congregation outside?

Depending on your vision, you would then:

1. Look for Hispanic members in your congregation.
2. If any, ask them about their interest in initiating or supporting a Hispanic congregation in your church.
3. Ask them about a particular call/interest in church planting.
4. Contact Joel Pava, Resident Director, Hispanic Ministries (336) 656-7936 X. 219.
1. Look for Hispanic members in your congregation.
2. If any, ask them about their interest in initiating or supporting a Hispanic congregation in your church.
3. Ask them about a particular call/interest in church planting.
4. Contact Joel Pava, Resident Director, Hispanic Ministries (336) 656-7936 X. 219.

There are 4 possible scenarios in enlarging the Hispanic ministry at CCIPHC:

1.The mother church provides full financial support for the planting project. That also includes the use of the facilities. The new Hispanic church is accountable to the local church.
2.The local church provides partial financial support and the use of the facilities for the project. The new Hispanic church is accountable to the local church.
3.The church provides the use of the facilities without financial support.
Note: The use of facilities requires signing a contract. The new church is accountable to CCIPHC.
4.The church provides support, at their discretion, for an outside Hispanic ministry in the area. The new church is accountable to CCIPHC.

Important: It is recommended to decide on the best form of handling tithes and offerings collected by the planting church.

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Current Cornerstone Hispanic Churches

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ARISE 2033 Church Multiplication System. Cornerstone is working in partnership with EVUSA to help plant successful church plants. We now have training and coaching by IPHC church planters, led by Dr. Jim Wall who has planted over 80 churches around the world. Unfortunatnely, the success rate for planting a new church is discouraging due to the fact that overall, less than 20% of new plants survive past five years.

This is why plantachurch.us is so vital to the ARISE 2033 mission. By participating in this multiplication system, church planters will be paired with a someone who has already been in their shoes. The purpose is to build relationships with seasoned church planters who will help them find church sponsors, network with large church plant organizations, provide funding strategies, and most importantly, offer moral and spiritual support!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about church planting, please take a few moments to visit plantachurch.us, watch the videos and take the next step to obeying the call of God on your life. These are exciting days as we are reminded to "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." (Mark 16:15 ESV)

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Cornerstone Conference - Will You Arise?

Cornerstone Conference has experienced God’s favor and faithfulness for more than 100 years. With a grateful heart for all the Lord has done, we look forward to all that God has planned for us as we commit to follow Christ with a fresh focus for 21st Century Spirit-filled ministry.

I invite you to join Cornerstone Conference in the joyful work of equipping ministers and churches to fulfill the Great Commission. We are committed to equip pastors to lead every congregation to be a healthy, growing and multiplying church and to raise up the next generation of leaders to plant vibrant new congregations in rural and urban areas across North Carolina, Virginia and beyond.

This monthly publication, will serve to highlight opportunities and identify specific ways you can participate in the Arise 2033 Vision and Goals of Cornerstone Conference! We will share stories of God's faithfulness to help us raise up Great Commission Leaders and Congregations to accomplish His purpose on earth.

I'm ready! Are you? It's time for Cornerstone to Arise!

Blessings,

Bishop Mike Ainsworth
mainsworth@ccrdc.org

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How Can I Participate in Arise 2033?

First of all, it takes a Great Commission heart and being willing to make disciples, training and leading them in such as way as their hearts are focused on multiplying what God has done in them. This is the same mindset we need in each local church. You may never plant another church but you could Parent or Co-Parent one by supporting a church planter financially each month, or with concerted prayer, or helping the church with outreach, etc.

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Ask yourself these five questions.

1. Who? Who are the next planters, the senders and the support team?
2. Where? Where is a strategic location for the plant?
3. When? When will the church plant begin gathering and launching?
4. What? What resources of people, money, technology and training will the sending church provide?
5. How? How will the church planter relate to and be encouraged by the sending church?
1. Who? Who are the next planters, the senders and the support team?
2. Where? Where is a strategic location for the plant?
3. When? When will the church plant begin gathering and launching?
4. What? What resources of people, money, technology and training will the sending church provide?
5. How? How will the church planter relate to and be encouraged by the sending church?

One way to help create and sustain a multiplying mindset is to participate in Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Churches (HGM) training, offered by Evangelism Ministries (Both Anglo and Hispanic). We are currently undergoing training along with 25 other IPHC Conferences, each one being challenged to raise up leaders who can fulfill our vacant churches and start new congregations, whether they are in a house, an office building, or a traditional church structure. The truth is, we need more churches because new church plants are where we see new converts. As Peter Wagner once stated, “The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches."

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