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JULY 2021

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

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Called To Freedom - To Serve One Another

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Cornerstone Conference Superintendent

One of two things come to mind when most Americans hear the year 1776: The Declaration of Independence and the Fourth of July - a date and a document point to the one thing that gives so many people meaning and that is freedom. On March 23, 1775, a Virginian by the name of Patrick Henry defined this freedom and the pursuit of it in his famous words, “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God - I know not what course others may take; but as for me - give me liberty or give me death!''

Long before Patrick Henry, the Apostle Paul gave us God’s proclamation on freedom - a freedom that allows us to be what God has called us to be as believers. In Galatians 5:13: "For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love."

Paul begins by giving us the foundation of the Christian life: "You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters." Then, based on that divine call, he gives a twofold command. One is negative and the other is positive: "Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh." "Through love be servants of one another." What follows is an incentive to love: "For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

As believers, we possess a freedom and a love that sets us apart as men and woman of God. Have you considered the impact of this truth in your own life and on those around you?

Let's not forget!

“You were called to freedom . . . Through love serve one another."

I am praying for you as you love and serve the body of Christ!

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Seven Qualities A Leader Can't Afford Not To Have

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Office of the Superintendent

*Article by Carey Nieuwhof

How do you know you’re a leader worth following?

By definition, that’s what a leader is: a person whom others follow. (If no one is following you, you’re probably not a leader, unless you’re pre-launch, but even then, look back at your life. Has anyone followed you… ever?)

Naturally, you can gain a following through a variety of means. Not all are great.

Dictators gain following. So do cult leaders. So do criminals.

Not all leadership is great leadership.

Which raises the question, how do you know you’re a leader worth following?

If you’re a Christian, I think this adds another dimension to your leadership. You need to model leadership in a way that reflects the character and heart of Christ.

So what exactly does that look like?

I’ve met thousands of Christian leaders in my two decades of leadership, and when I think about the leaders I believe are worth following, seven qualities keep rising to the top:

Read entire article here...

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Annual Conference - Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 9 AM

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Office of the Superintendent

Garry Bryant

Make plans now to join us on Saturday, September 18, 2021 for our 106th Annual Conference Session. Registration will begin at 8 AM and the Conference Session will begin at 9 AM. Bishop Garry Bryant will be with us as our Presiding Officer.

Deadline to register online will be September 13. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tennille Nichols @ 336.656.7936 x. 110 or via email at tnichols@ccrdc.org.

Please Note: All ministers are required to participate in this event of the Conference.. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Global Outreach Service - Sunday, Sept. 19 @ 5:30 PM

Keith Gilliam, World Missions Director

Make your plans now to attend our 2021 Global Outreach Service! The event will be held at the Cornerstone Conference IPHC on Sunday, September 19 @ 5:30 PM.

We are blessed to have Pastor Hans Hess with us as our guest speaker and the Emmanuel College Singers leading us in worship. It will be a powerful night of fellowship as we honor our missionaries from all over the world. You don't want to miss it!

Hans Hess

Hans Hess

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Emmanuel College Singers

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Seven Indicators For Vision Momentum

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Office of the Superintendent

*Article by Dan Reiland

"Lord, will this work?”

Every leader has prayed an honest prayer like this one about their vision.

And every leader understands the weight of that prayer.

When you cast a big vision, there are always risks. If, for no other reason, the outcomes are not guaranteed.

If you can guarantee the outcomes of your vision, it’s too small. A good vision finds its balance at the intersection of the need for God’s favor and the ability of the leaders to carry their part.

When it comes to realizing a vision with eternal outcomes, it requires a divine partnership. God does His part, and you do yours. We have confidence in God, but it’s easy to second guess ourselves when the pressure rises.

Why is it that when some leaders cast vision, it seems like the people get on board quickly, and at other churches, the vision struggles to gain traction?

In a few circumstances, the difference is found in the talent and charisma of the primary leader. Still, much more often, it’s about tangible elements that any leader can work toward.

Read entire article here...

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July Connection

Life Is Too Short To Procrastinate

Pam Rooker, Girls' Ministries Director

Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to everything you need to do? I sure do! I’m not sure how time passes so quickly. What I do know is that life is too short to procrastinate. In John 9:4 Jesus said “As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

We don’t know when the night will come and we will no longer be able to work or go, so therefore we must take advantage of our time right now! One day we may not have the health, strength or ability to go on a mission trip or volunteer to help others, so now is the time to act. At the end of our time here on earth it would be sad to have regrets because of what we didn’t do, or where we didn’t go.

If God has laid a work on your heart to do then do it!
Set a goal and work to make it happen!

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NIV says:
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[a]—the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.

God has great things planned for you however you have to be willing to act. It would be a sad thing to get to the end of life and have regrets of what we didn’t do! Live life today with no regrets. Allow Jesus to direct your life, if we stop and listen we will know the path He would have us to take. Start living the life today that Jesus has planned for you!

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IPHC Retirement

IPHC New Retirement Options

Darrell Cox, Conference Treasurer

You will not find “Pastor” on the Forbes list of best-paid professions. It’s just a fact of life that as much as they want to, many churches struggle to provide ministers with adequate pay and health insurance. This means most ministers struggle to save enough for retirement, and many ministers feel they can never retire. A 2016 Grey Matter Research poll on pastoral finances reported that one-third of pastors have less than $10,000 put away for retirement.

Whether or not you ever want to stop working, it is important to plan for retirement, and the best step to take is to begin now to save money while you are working. Of course, the biggest battle for most of us is creating margin in our personal budget to save something for the future. If you can start to actually save though, even if it’s a small amount, you will have taken that first difficult yet crucial step toward being more financially ready for retirement.

The IPHC provides a 403(b) retirement savings plan for its ministers that will allow your money to grow over time, and legally avoid taxation. This plan is great because you can save up to $19,500 per year from your salary (more if you’re over 50), before paying taxes on it. One of the best benefits of the IPHC 403(b) is that it qualifies for the housing allowance in retirement. That means withdrawals from your plan balance can be tax-free in retirement if you use them for qualified housing expenses.

The Scripture is clear that saving for the future is wise (Proverbs 6:6-8; 21:20). As we save, the goal is not self-sufficiency, since our dependence is always on God. The goal is to exercise Godly wisdom in providing for our needs in future years and having enough to continue to give generously to others.

The IPHC now offers some new retirement options for IPHC ministers. Bishop Beacham and CFO Brenda Phillips introduce the plans in a new webinar at iphc.org. To find out more about the IPHC 403(b) retirement plan or enroll in the plan, click on the button below.

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New Minister's Orientation & Luncheon - August 24

Bishop Mike Ainsworth, Office of the Superintendent

Our New Ministers Orientation & Luncheon will be held a the Cornerstone Conference on Tuesday, August 24 @ 12 Noon. This is an fantastic opportunity for newly, credentialed ministers to connect with the vision, ministry, and Executive leadership of Cornerstone Conference IPHC.

Please RSVP to Tennille Nichols by calling 336.656.7936 x. 110 or via email at tnichols@ccrdc.org.

*This event is by invitation only.

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Prayer At The Heart - Lebanon, KS / July 23, 2021

Prayer at the Heart of America, For the Heart of America is a national call to prayer taking place Friday, July 23rd, at the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states - Lebanon, KS. This Prayer Gathering is the result of a vision birthed in the heart of Doug Small and his passion for a fresh awakening across the United States of America.

Prayer At The Heart is a call to the greater family of faith, and the invitation is extended to everyone who believes that God is able to heal our land and that He is our hope for revival and restoration. Lee Grady writes about the event in his Fire in My Bones column..

Without question, our nation has turned its back on its Judeo-Christian heritage and foundation. The truth of God’s Word is being ignored and rejected. Our sin has increased, and the moral fiber of our nation has been defiled.

Biblically and historically, we discover that we must turn our face and faith toward God as a nation. The call is for the people of God who are called by His name, humble themselves and pray. Seek His face and turn from our wicked ways with the promise that He will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land.

We pray, Yes, Lord, have mercy upon America and send us a fresh awakening.

You will want to join us in Lebanon, Kansas, Friday, July 23rd, as we make our appeal to heaven. Help us spread the word, and let’s make the journey to the heart of America as we pray at the heart of America.

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The Big Baby Boomer Opportunity for the Church

Jonathan Hill, Evangelism Ministries Resident Director

*Article by Sam Rainer

In the 1830s Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about democracy in America: “Each new generation is a new people.” At the time, America was rapidly expanding. Political thinkers like de Tocqueville were watching to see how American democracy would balance liberty and equality. The American experiment that began in 1776—a political miracle of sorts—created a climate in which each generation could reinvent, change, and become something unlike their parents.

Fast-forward to the 1960s, and the Baby Boomers started demanding change within American democracy. War raged. Hoses sprayed. Postmodernism was undermining absolute truth. At least music got a whole lot better. Ironically, the Boomer challenge of democracy in the 1960s was only possible within the democratic system that de Tocqueville observed coming to life in the 1830s. This American ethos was represented well in Steve Jobs, who perhaps in many ways was the quintessential Baby Boomer. Jobs once quipped, “Never trust anyone over 30.” Alexis de Tocqueville was barely 30 when he wrote on democracy in America. I’m sure de Tocqueville would have loved the Apple I. Jobs certainly typified de Tocqueville’s prophecy. Each new generation in America really is a new people.

The Boomers are now 30 again. They doubled-up on years and are in their 60s. From this point until 2030, about 10,000 Boomers will retire every day. The leadership baton is passing to Millennials. A new people are beginning to lead churches. As one among the oldest of my generation (I was born in 1980), I have been the first Millennial pastor of a few churches, following Boomer pastors in leadership. Like a lot of new, younger pastors, I inherited a large population of Boomers in my congregation. We are left with a key question: What should we do with all these Baby Boomers?

Let’s look at three simple truths about Baby Boomers. Here’s the Boomer reality most churches face in America:

There are lots of Boomers. Just over 76 million Boomers live in the United States. Approximately 40% attend church, which means we have over 30 million Boomers in our churches. That’s a lot of people.

They are here for another 30 years. Boomers are healthy. Many will still be kicking around in 30 years. In fact, a 60 year-old today is easily expected to live another 20 years. To get an idea of how the aging of Boomers has affected American demography, take a look at the figure below. You can see the bulge of Boomers swell up through the decades. Even in 2060, some hearty Boomers will be around to remind us all that everything changed 100 years prior. They might even tell you not to trust anyone born before 2030.

Read entire article here...

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YouthQuest East - July 22-25, 2021

IPHC Discipleship Ministries

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SO WHAT WILL YOUTHQUEST EAST LOOK LIKE?!

YouthQuest is back, and we’re ready to see you! We’re super excited about gathering together again this year!

The global pandemic gave us the opportunity to reimagine YouthQuest, and for 2021, we’ve chosen to offer TWO events; one in Browns Summit, NC, and one in Oklahoma City, OK. Those events will take place at IPHC campgrounds, and we’re inviting you to be a part of it!

It’s a shortened version of the YouthQuest you know and love. We will have morning sessions and evening services and lots of opportunities to grow in your faith. We will also feature labs and mentoring opportunities to discover and deploy your ministry gifts.

PLAN TO ARRIVE ON THURSDAY EVENING AT 8PM AND YOU’LL PACK UP FOR HOME ON SUNDAY BY NOON.

YouthQuest East will take place on July 22-25, 2021 at our Cornerstone Conference IPHC Ministry Center located at 7545 Hwy. 29, Browns Summit, NC 27214.

Those three days and nights will be filled with lots of fun with friends from all over the IPHC! It is our prayer that God will continue to raise up the next generation of leaders in the IPHC through YouthQuest! May His Kingdom Come, May His Will Be Done!

Click the button below to find our more information and to register for YouthQuest East 2021!

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Church Planter Intensive - 2021

Church Planters' Intensive

Jonathan Hill, Resident Director of Evangelism Ministries

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Church Planters,

We are thrilled to announce our next Church Planters’ Intensive happening at Compassion Church, Dickson, TN on August 4-5. We recognized that planting in today's climate will require courage and stamina, and we believe that you have it! Through the Arise 2033 Church Planting System, we have removed the most significant barrier to planting a church, feeling alone. Throughout every step of the process, you'll connect with an experienced, successful church planter that will coach you.

During the intensive, you will:

• Learn the Best Practices for Launching a Healthy Church
• Learn How to Be in the Small Percentage of Church Plants that Survive
• Build Relationships with Like-Minded Planters from Across the Nation
• Learn How to Build a Vision Plan to Apply for Financial Assistance

Our desire is that this event will be a blessing to you. So…. this year we have waived the registration cost of this event for all approved Arise2033 Church Planters… THAT’S YOU!

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Upcoming In-Person BMI Classes

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AUGUST 13-14 CLASS:

Theology I
Instructor: Garry Yeatts
Text: Christian Doctrine: A Pentecostal Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2
By French L. Arrington
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SEPTEMBER 3-4 CLASS:

Church History
Instructor: Stan York
Text: Church History in Plain Language (3rd edition) by Bruce L. Shelley
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OCTOBER 8-9 CLASS:

Christian Ethics
Instructor: Doyle Marley
Text: Ministerial Ethics: A Guide to Spirit-Filled Living by T. Burton Pierce
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NOVEMBER 5-6 CLASS:

Family Ministry
Instructor: Mike & Trisha Ainsworth
Text: A Theology for Family Ministry by Michael J. Anthony and Michelle Anthony, Editors
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DECEMBER 3-4 CLASS:

Spiritual Gifts
Instructor: Garry Yeatts
Text: Spiritual Gifts, Ministries and Manifestations by B.E. Underwood

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