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MAY 18, 2020

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

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THE CHURCH IN PANDEMIC: EMPOWERED TO MOVE FORWARD

By Bishop Mike Ainsworth

I remembered when everything changed.

I was participating in an IPHC Council of Bishops meeting on March 11, 2020 in Gulf Shores, Alabama when I heard the breaking news that the World Health Organization has announced that the novel coronavirus viral disease was now officially a pandemic. Just a few days later while in the Atlanta Airport I watched as the nation began to shut down. Soon announcements from government officials resulted in major disruptions that included closing businesses, schools and churches. Closing churches because of a pandemic? I remember thinking, “Is this for real?” Soon others began describing the time with worlds like unparalleled, extraordinary and unprecedented.

Soon Pastors stepped up their efforts in the disruption to serve and stay connected to their congregations. Congregations moved outside the walls of the church and beyond their typical ministry practices to provide Drive-In Services, Facebook live services and small group Zoom meetings. Digital and tele-congregational care became the primary way to do Pastoral Care.

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I hope that the following articles, news and resources will be of some help and encouragement to you as you prepare to return to your individual campuses. Please know we love each of you and are praying for you again today.

Grace and Peace,

Bishop Mike Ainsworth
Conference Superintendent
Cornerstone Conference IPHC
(828) 228-1959
mainsworth@ccrdc.org

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LATEST COVID-19 RESOURCES

Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on the Church in America
As we slowly emerge out from sheltering in place to a “new” normal, what will the new normal look like for churches in America?
Article by Josh Laxton

Relaunching the Church (Facebook Live Video with Ed Stetzer)

What does it look like to reopen the church?
PowerPoint | Spanish Edition

Podcast: Pastor Resilience (Episode 28)
with Mindy Caliguire, Jimmy Dodd, & Lance Witt

20 Ways to Help Your Children Process the Pandemic
In these seasons of crisis, in our all-important busyness, there is often a subtle temptation to overlook the precious little lives that dwell in our very homes.
Article by Jeff Christopherson and Matt Rogers

Podcast: Children's Ministry in Time of Crisis (Episode 29)
with Mimi Larson, PhD., & Jana Magruder

Podcast: Church Finances in Uncertain Times (Episode 30)
with Todd McMichen

Tips for Reopening the Church

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7 THINGS CHURCHES ARE LEARNING DURING THE PANDEMIC

By Barry Howard
CHC Coach

Church looks and feels very different right now.

For the past six to seven weeks, as a proactive expression of love for our people and our communities, most of our churches have been gathering online for worship, Bible study, and committee meetings rather than assembling in person.

Pastors are learning to preach to cameras. Staff members and volunteers are learning new technology skills. Churches have been quickly setting up or upgrading their online giving platforms. Small groups and individuals have been responding to ministry needs with creative ministry actions.

Certainly, churches were not the only ones affected by the “shelter in place” orders. Restaurants scrambled to revise their delivery system to take out or curb side only. Banks limited access to their lobbies to “appointments only,” channeling most transactions to the drive thru window.

However, churches stereotypically are perceived as the most resistant to change.

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESCHEDULED

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have rescheduled our Cornerstone Annual Conference session to Saturday, September 19, 2020. Make your plans now to attend!

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REGIONAL & DISTRICT PASTOR ZOOM MEETING

Regional and District Pastors! Don't forget about our upcoming Zoom Meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 26 @ 9:00 AM.

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"THE JOURNEY" DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCE

The Journey is a versatile resource designed with the church and home in mind. The content contains foundational, biblical teaching presented in an interactive format, intended for use in community with other believers.

Remember, there is always more to learn, still room to grow, and always support available for you on The Journey.

Click below to download lessons for each unit.

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MINISTERS, JOIN US FOR THE NEXT COFFEE WITH THE BISHOP!

Pour a second cup of coffee and join with Bishop Mike Ainsworth on Thursday, May 21 @ 10:00 AM EST as he continues to lead us through this new season of ministry!

Churches all over the globe are changing models for discipleship, children’s ministry, and weekly gatherings. Let’s continue to support one another in our efforts to love, care for and serve our families, members and communities.

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OUR MISSIONAIRIES NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Keith Gilliam, World Missions Director
Cornerstone Conference IPHC

2020 will be a year we remember forever! While many skeptics predicted churches would close as resources dwindled, the opposite as happened for most. Members have been faithful to give, and some churches have reported that people who were not giving have started. God always meets our need!

While it has been an unusual time for our local churches, it has also been a challenge around the world. The COVID–19 International Relief Fund, begun by World Missions Ministries is helping to alleviate the physical needs in areas where the IPHC currently has ministry. If you would like to give to this relief fund the project number is 09149NCOVID.

Will You Invite Our Missionaries?

Our missionaries who are iterating have also been waiting for the opportunity to come to your church and tell their story. They need to raise the necessary funds so they can return or go for the first time to the area where they will serve.

Currently, the following Cornerstone Missionaries are itinerating:

▪ Ernest and Cheryl Turner – Regional Director for West Africa
▪ Mitch and Jewel Nichols – Ecuador, South America
▪ Russell and Sonya Schweighardt – Uganda, East Africa
▪ Joseph and Robin Pettus – Short Term Missionaries – Belize, Gulf of Mexico
▪ Jennifer Moore – Short term Missionary -Belgium, Northwest Europe
▪ Hugh and Lois Hoyle – Special Assignment Missionaries
▪ Van and Jane Bloss – Short Term Missionaries – Multiple Countries
▪ Phillip Gschwend – Short Term Missionary – Cuba, Caribbean & West Indies
Ernest and Cheryl Turner – Regional Director for West Africa
Mitch and Jewel Nichols – Ecuador, South America
Russell and Sonya Schweighardt – Uganda, East Africa
Joseph and Robin Pettus – Short Term Missionaries – Belize, Gulf of Mexico
Jennifer Moore – Short term Missionary -Belgium, Northwest Europe
Hugh and Lois Hoyle – Special Assignment Missionaries
Van and Jane Bloss – Short Term Missionaries – Multiple Countries
Phillip Gschwend – Short Term Missionary – Cuba, Caribbean & West Indies

Our churches will reopen soon, and we encourage you to invite one or more of these missionaries to share with your church family. If you need assistance to contact them please feel free to email me at kgilliam@livinghopelenoir.com. Thank you for partnering with our missionaries to fulfill His Great Commission!

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NXT GEN ONLINE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT! 08.09.2020

SAVE THE DATE!!! If you are a high school or college student, and you feel a call into ministry, you DO NOT want to miss this incredible online event with special guest Manny Arango! Mark your calendars now to attend our NXT GEN online Leadership Summit on Sunday, August 9, 2020!

Stay tuned! More details to come!

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IMPORTANT CAMP DAYSPRING UDPATE

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is with a heavy a heart that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 Camp DaySpring. Please understand this was not an easy decision, nor was the decision taken lightly. Each year we have a prayer list for camp, and one of our main points is the safety of our campers and staff. It is with your safety in mind that this difficult decision had to be made.

We understand how disappointing this is for all of us, but we believe it is the safest and best decision. And yes, there are many unknowns and uncertainties before us, but we can rest in the fact that our God is still the same and He will not change! Keep your focus on the truth of His word and take this time to grow in your relationship with Him!

Although we are not able to have camp this year as planned, we are already gearing up for our 2021 Camp DaySpring! You do NOT want to miss this time together! We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay safe and God bless!

Joel Boyles
Resident Director, Discipleship Ministries

2021 CAMP DAYSPRING DATES:

Sr. High Camp (grades 9-12) – June 16-20, 2021

Jr. High Camp (grades 7-8) – June 20-24, 2021

Primary Camp (grades 1-3) – June 24-27, 2021

Junior Camp (grades 4-6) – June 27-July 1, 2021

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UPCOMING HGM ZOOM

The next HGM Zoom Training is June 15 @ 9 AM. Please contact Jonathan Hill (jhill@ccrdc.org) if you have any quesitons or for links to the previous trainings, such as Leading Through Crisis, The Five Levels of Teamwork, and many more.

Click the FaceBook link below to sign-up for our HGM page with access to resources, training opportunities, and more.

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A MESSAGE FROM STEPHEN JONES

Can we have a conversation about fine arts?

With all the current cancellations related to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve had a lot of questions about whether or not we will host our national Fine Arts festival and the YouthQuest event this summer in July.

I’d like for us to first step back and reexamine the purpose, mission, and vision for Fine Arts.

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STILL NEED YOUR MINISTER ID CARD?

If you have not yet received your Minister ID card please note that we must have a front facing picture of you on file to do so.

Please email Tennille Nichols a jpeg or png file to tnichols@ccrdc.org or mail a photo to her at the Conference Office: PO Box 150 Browns Summit, NC 27214 as soon as possible. If you have any questions please call her at 336-656-7936 ext 110.

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FAQ's DURING COVID-19

During this season of COVID-19 quarantines, there are many questions our ministers and churches have. We have compiled these questions and answers into one place to help assist you during this time. Take a moment and visit the link below to read the entire article.

Some of the questions addressed...

▪ What is the latest information about Coronavirus?
▪ What about Community Events and Mass Gatherings?
▪ How are Community and Faith-Based Organizations Effected?
▪ What is the Response of Cornerstone Conference?
▪ How will this affect the office, facilities and events of Cornerstone Conference?
▪ Where do I find details regarding Conference event cancellations and changes?
▪ Can churches have worship services?
▪ Can churches have drive-in services?
▪ Can funerals be held?
▪ How should I (and those I lead) respond spiritually to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to one another?
▪ How can I continue to give and encourage others to give while the church is not gathering for services?
▪ How do I develop and use online groups?
▪ How can I learn more about the CARES Act?
▪ How do I set up a Facebook Account and operate Facebook Live?
▪ And More!
What is the latest information about Coronavirus?
What about Community Events and Mass Gatherings?
How are Community and Faith-Based Organizations Effected?
What is the Response of Cornerstone Conference?
How will this affect the office, facilities and events of Cornerstone Conference?
Where do I find details regarding Conference event cancellations and changes?
Can churches have worship services?
Can churches have drive-in services?
Can funerals be held?
How should I (and those I lead) respond spiritually to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to one another?
How can I continue to give and encourage others to give while the church is not gathering for services?
How do I develop and use online groups?
How can I learn more about the CARES Act?
How do I set up a Facebook Account and operate Facebook Live?
And More!

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UPDATED CORNERSTONE CALENDAR

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PLEASE VISIT US:

Cornerstone Conference Ministry Center
7545 US Hwy. 29 North
Browns Summit, NC 27214
336.656.7936
www.cornerstonecmc.org

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