launching fall 2018
Cornerstone Church has decided to embrace multi-site as a multiplication strategy for ministry in our area. Multi-site means that we intend to be one church meeting in multiple locations. Multi-site is not the ultimate purpose – a growing relationship with Jesus Christ is! It is our desire to help as many people know God as quickly as possible. We have a sense of gospel urgency. This reflects God’s desire that all know Him.
In opening a 2nd campus, the general consensus of churches who have done this before is to put a campus wherever they have the greatest number of people driving the farthest. Together, the Dassel-Cokato community represents over 75 Cornerstone families. 30,000 people live within a 13-mile radius of Cokato. Only 1,700 of those attend an evangelical worship service on any given week. That’s less than 6%. We can conservatively estimate that at least 26,000 people within 13 miles of Cokato do not attend worship and likely do not know God.
Our communities need it. 80,000 people live in the “reach area” (22 mile radius) of Cornerstone. On any given Sunday, only 9 to 11 thousand of them are in church. (Romans 10:13-15)
It is on us! 94% of churches are losing ground against the population growth of their communities. We are bucking this trend and want to invest in the broader Kingdom by multiplying what is happening in our church family through new locations. (Matthew 16:18; Luke 12:48)
Nothing reaches new people like new campuses. The Cornerstone family values relentless growth. Because, healthy churches grow. We seek to continually grow as individuals and as a church. If we’re growing, then more people are experiencing a relationship with Christ. A recent study of multi-site by the Leadership Network shows that new multi-site campuses reach new Christ-followers at a faster rate than any other initiative. (Matt. 18:12-14; 28:18-20)
Risk is healthy and helps us grow. At Cornerstone, we value intentional risk that comes from a risk-taking faith. Impact isn't found inside our comfort zone. Launching a campus is worth the risk. (Matthew 10:38-39; John 14:12-14)
PRAY that God would move in the church and in the region around Cokato.
PRAY for where God is calling you.