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AUGUST 2020

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

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7 Ways for Pastors to Re-focus on the Great Commission

By Chuck Lawless

I have been a church consultant for more than twenty years, and I have never seen a strong Great Commission church without a pastor burdened for his neighbors and the nations. Simply stated, a congregation-wide DNA of brokenness over lostness usually trickles down from the top. If your longing to get the gospel to the lost has waned, my goal here is to provide some simple suggestions to re-ignite that passion.

1. Admit to God and to someone else where you are. Confession to God is the first step toward change, and accountability with others is a daily reminder of your renewed commitment.
2. Ask someone to pray these texts for you: Ephesians 6:19-20 (that you will share the gospel boldly) and Colossians 4:3-4 (that God will open a door and help you speak the gospel clearly). If the apostle Paul needed folks to pray this way for him, surely pastors need this same support today.
3. Do a Bible study on “grace.” Frankly, we often lose our passion for the Great Commission because we take grace for granted. Go back to the beginning of your spiritual journey, and let the Word magnify the grace of God again.
4. Once a week, take a couple of hours to see your community with God’s eyes. Schedule time to be in your community. Drive around, praying as you go. If you see worship sites for other world faiths, grieve for those who worship false gods. Pray for the children and teens who attend schools you pass, knowing you may be the only person praying for them that day.
5. At least once a week, walk the streets of your community and talk to people. Slow down, take a walk, speak with business leaders, ask for prayer concerns, and get to know the people you need to reach.
6. At least once a week, take time to pray for an unreached people group around the world. I invite you to go to www.imb.org or www.joshuaproject.net, and learn about a people group. Hear about the spiritual blindness that keeps them in darkness. To be consistent with this task, calendar it each week.
7. Everyday, make it a point to tell somebody something good about Jesus. What you say may be as simple as, “I’m having a good day because Jesus loves me,” or “May I tell you how God answered my prayer?” The point is this: if you speak a good word about Jesus every day (even to believers as a starting point), telling the gospel story will become more of your DNA.
1. Admit to God and to someone else where you are. Confession to God is the first step toward change, and accountability with others is a daily reminder of your renewed commitment.
2. Ask someone to pray these texts for you: Ephesians 6:19-20 (that you will share the gospel boldly) and Colossians 4:3-4 (that God will open a door and help you speak the gospel clearly). If the apostle Paul needed folks to pray this way for him, surely pastors need this same support today.
3. Do a Bible study on “grace.” Frankly, we often lose our passion for the Great Commission because we take grace for granted. Go back to the beginning of your spiritual journey, and let the Word magnify the grace of God again.
4. Once a week, take a couple of hours to see your community with God’s eyes. Schedule time to be in your community. Drive around, praying as you go. If you see worship sites for other world faiths, grieve for those who worship false gods. Pray for the children and teens who attend schools you pass, knowing you may be the only person praying for them that day.
5. At least once a week, walk the streets of your community and talk to people. Slow down, take a walk, speak with business leaders, ask for prayer concerns, and get to know the people you need to reach.
6. At least once a week, take time to pray for an unreached people group around the world. I invite you to go to www.imb.org or www.joshuaproject.net, and learn about a people group. Hear about the spiritual blindness that keeps them in darkness. To be consistent with this task, calendar it each week.
7. Everyday, make it a point to tell somebody something good about Jesus. What you say may be as simple as, “I’m having a good day because Jesus loves me,” or “May I tell you how God answered my prayer?” The point is this: if you speak a good word about Jesus every day (even to believers as a starting point), telling the gospel story will become more of your DNA.

Pastor, ask God to make Jesus your passion again. Pray and work so others know Him. Your church will not catch the fire of the Great Commission unless the flame first burns in you.

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Royal Home Ministries Pro-Life Rally and M25 Diaper Run

The M25 Truck will be on-site to collect diaper donations! Make plans now to join us Monday, September 21 at 7 PM!

What is the M25 Diaper Run? M25 Diaper Run is a coast to coast mission in which motorcyclist ride from the East coast to the West coast in less than 50 hours to raise awareness, diapers and funds for Royal Home Ministries.

Included under the Falcon Children’s Home, the Royal Home is a maternity home for young mothers. Since it’s inception in 1992, the Royal Home has ministered to over 357 mothers.

The Royal Home offers care, counseling and educational opportunities for young pregnant mothers in a nurturing, protected atmosphere. The Royal Home is committed to serving clients from any race, religion, or national origin. No one is turned away because of their lack of funds. The ultimate goal of The Royal Home program is to provide an alternative to abortion, while redirecting and enriching the lives of expectant mothers.

Through this program, mothers are provided with the opportunity to prepare for life outside of The Royal Home. Opportunities such as in-house classes like childbirth, newborn basics, life skills training, and education and career planning are available. Whether the path of parenting or adoption is chosen by the client, the staff of The Royal Home is there to walk alongside mothers, ensuing the necessary safety, support, care, and encouragement needed for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

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Guest Speaker: Pastor Bill Rose

Bill Rose has been the Lead Pastor of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Goldsboro, NC for 29 years. He is a native of southeastern NC and a graduate of Holmes Bible College. He and his wife, Lynne have a son, Bill Jr., a daughter, Summer, a son, Paul, and a daughter, Sophia Grace.

At our Pro-Life Rally, the M25 truck will be on site to collect diapers. Diapers are shared with Royal Home Ministries, DRUSA, Hospitals, and other areas of need. All donations are appreciated!

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Interview with IPHC Missionaries Mitch and Jewel Nichols

By Keith Gilliam

Take a moment to watch this interview with IPHC Missionaries Mitch and Jewel Nichols, as they share their hearts about Ecuador and the work God is doing there. They are currently raising funds to return to the field and would appreciate your partnership. If you'd like more information about the work God has called them to do, or ways you and your church can link arms with them in ministry, feel free to contact Keith Gilliam, Senior Pastor of Living Hope Church and our Cornerstone Conference Director of World Missions, @ 828-728-5353.
NOTE: This video was filmed earlier this year and the reference to COVID-19 cases in Ecuador does not reflect current figures.

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2020 Global Outreach Service is Going VIRTUAL!

We want all churches and individuals to be able to view the service, so we have adjusted the service time to begin at 6:00 PM. Make your plans now to join us! More information about how to view the service will be available soon!

Our 2020 Global Outreach Goal is $275,000.000!

Please send your offering by December 13 to:
Cornerstone Conference IPHC
PO Box 150, Browns Summit, NC 27214

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5 REASONS CHARISMATIC CHURCHES ARE GROWING (AND ATTRACTIONAL CHURCHES ARE PAST PEAK)

By Carey Nieuwhof

Notice this lately?

If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering.

And…a lot of the churches that lean toward a more charismatic expression of their faith are filled with young adults and Millennials.

Meanwhile, many leaders in attractional churches are finding it harder and harder to reach new people over the last few years. While not universally true, some have stopped growing, or at least seen a slower growth rate than say 5 or 10 years ago.

Please hear me. This is not “we’re right you’re wrong”. This is a learning together post. Actually, both the charismatic and attractional movements have contributed massively to reaching millions of people. There is much to learn from each other.

Critics have no place here, but learners do.

So what’s happening? Well, culture changes and what people respond to changes, too. The church should change with it. While you should never change the mission of a church (it’s eternal), you should definitely adapt the method.

Churches who love the method more than the mission will die. It happened in the 1950s, in the 1970s, in the 1990s and it’s happening today. What was effective a decade ago isn’t always effective today. Leaders who live in the past end up dying to the future.

Because crisis is an accelerator, that’s even more true as churches re-positions themselves in the future.

While you could argue that there’s a major difference in theology between charismatic and non-charismatic churches, I don’t think the differences are that big for the purposes of this blog post anyway.

The big shift is happening in how churches express themselves on the weekend and conduct their weekend experiences, moving from:

▪ anonymity to a sense of belonging
▪ engagement of the heart, not just the head.
▪ more variety of services than three songs and a message
▪ more passionate expressions of worship
▪ additional space during the service for prayer
▪ more thought in the service to the engagement of emotions beyond “hey we’re excited you’re here” (welcome and upbeat music) and “here’s something to think about” (the message).
anonymity to a sense of belonging
engagement of the heart, not just the head.
more variety of services than three songs and a message
more passionate expressions of worship
additional space during the service for prayer
more thought in the service to the engagement of emotions beyond “hey we’re excited you’re here” (welcome and upbeat music) and “here’s something to think about” (the message).

As I outline here, churches that miss cultural change become irrelevant. After all, the gap between how quickly you change and how quickly culture changes is called irrelevance.

Read entire article here...

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From the Archives Desk

By Stan York

Everett Ferguson was a math teacher at Mount Holly Junior High School (pre70's). He was the owner of the only metal detector in our town. This may seem slightly eccentric, but this device served him faithfully. Mt. Holly had very good football teams throughout the 1960s. Every Saturday morning after a game, one could find Mr. Ferguson with his metal detector walking over the perimeter of the football field, under the bleachers, and especially around the Concessions Stand. I never heard of Mr. Ferguson’s monetary collections, but I assume, a nice bounty was recovered. In the spring after baseball games, Mr. Ferguson and his trusty metal detector combed the field again. Oh! He definitely combed the fields again after American Legion baseball games!

This story could be your story. Not with a metal detector, but you could be combing your ministry photos, articles printed, special teachings, and any Advocate Press books in your collection that you desire to place in the Cornerstone Conference Library Archives. There is one special request from the Committee, please be selective as we have limited room. Our limited room is moving the Archives to digitalize your documents and photos, then we will store your donations in fire proof file cabinets.

If we could look down from above into landfills and other locations, we would locate many lost, precious gifts. An example is on the hill near G. F. Taylor’s home in Franklin Springs. His family burned most of the contents of a four file drawer cabinet. A main reason for this destruction of needed material was some folks still lived and stories demanded privacy. We are able to address these concerns. Any material you wish “closed to the public,” we will place them in a secure storage, with a date agreed upon with you, to open for future public study.

Please feel free to contact me, or any member of our Archives Committee, to aid in selecting material for donation. Please do not allow our Western NC Conference/Cornerstone Conference history to have a misunderstood story or known special fact. We are working to honor God, our forefathers and foremothers, and you, in recalling God’s handiwork in our building your Conference.

Get out your detector and look for the hidden gems for the Cornerstone Conference Archives!

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Upcoming Book: I Surrender

By: Mike Springston

Have you ever looked at the events of your life and wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” We all do but rarely do we stop to consider where these events are trying to lead us.

Mike Springston has been a well-recognized innovator in the world of football since his 1990 team exploded on the scene with an amazing new and high-flying offensive system. Again in 2006, Mike invented the Run Pass Option offense that has taken the football worldwide by storm. With all these innovations in football, Mike knew that there was a war going on in his spirit as winning and success never seemed to be enough.

When Mike began to evaluate himself, he realized that God had a better plan for his life if he would only surrender to the plan that God had for him. Mike currently is assigned by the International Pentecostal Holiness Church as the Lead Pastor of a church in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

His book covers questions and topics such as:

• Are you searching for the meaning and purpose of your life?
• Are you facing a major health issue?
• Have you lost a loved one?
• Are you wondering about the relevance of God?
• Are you wondering if there is a plan for your life and for your future?
• Are you trying to make sense out of the events that have happened in your life?
• Are you trying to locate your calling and settle upon a course for your life that will bring contentment?

If you purchase this book at retail value it will be $21.99 plus shipping and handling. Below are a few special purchasing options Mike is offering:

1. The cost of a single copy will be $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling
2. If you purchase 5 books at $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling and I will give you a 6th book for ½ price with the addition of tax, shipping and handling.
3. If you buy 15 books at $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling I will give you 1 free.
4. For every increment of 15 books the one free offer stands. (ex.75 books purchased would get you 5 free) Of course, shipping and handling will be added to all orders of any size.
1. The cost of a single copy will be $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling
2. If you purchase 5 books at $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling and I will give you a 6th book for ½ price with the addition of tax, shipping and handling.
3. If you buy 15 books at $25.00 which includes tax, shipping and handling I will give you 1 free.
4. For every increment of 15 books the one free offer stands. (ex.75 books purchased would get you 5 free) Of course, shipping and handling will be added to all orders of any size.

Mike is currently in the process of placing his personal order with his publisher and desires to include your order in his request.

Two ways to order:

1. Visit his ministry website at Mikespringstonministries.com and use the PayPal link to complete your order.
2. Email Mike the total number of books you would like to order at Springston56@gmail.com. If you desire to pay by check or money order, please notify him through email, and he will provide you the address to mail your payment.
1. Visit his ministry website at Mikespringstonministries.com and use the PayPal link to complete your order.
2. Email Mike the total number of books you would like to order at Springston56@gmail.com. If you desire to pay by check or money order, please notify him through email, and he will provide you the address to mail your payment.
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Current Cornerstone Ministry Opportunities

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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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