From beginning to end, God’s aim is to glorify Himself through a people He is calling out from all tribes of the world and all neighborhoods of Seattle through the gospel. He calls this community of people the church.
Downtown Cornerstone desires for people to connect, share life, and form communities that are deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. These are communities of diverse imperfect people that are committed to living out the implications of the gospel in every sphere of life. These are communities of radical grace, sacrificial service, and joy. These are communities that eat together, pray together, laugh together, and study the Bible together (i.e. share life). These are communities that build up the church by encouraging people to faith in Jesus Christ and build up the city through deeds of justice and mercy. These are communities where you can be who God created you to be, yourself. It’s our hope and prayer that everyone who calls Downtown Cornerstone home will find such community.
God has forever existed in perfect loving relationship within the Trinitarian Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). This means that Ultimate Reality is a community of Persons who know and love one another. In other words, radical, other-centered, loving community is central to reality. We are created for this type of community, with God and others, because we are created in His image. Yet, our every day experience of this is distorted by sin. Jesus Christ came to restore, renew and redeem all of our relationships, starting with God. We can experience community as it was intended now, in part, by centering our lives on Him.
Downtown Cornerstone aims to cultivate a culture marked by the following:
Jesus. We study the Bible, pray for one another, and talk about Jesus.
Gospel. We believe in and work out the implications of the gospel in all of life.
City. We look to bless those outside our communities and participate in the life of our city.
Church. We’re a diverse group brought together by the gospel for relationship, life and worship.
Mission. We love people and are sent into the city to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Renewal. We volunteer our time, extend compassion and work for justice for the poor and marginalized.
Multiplying. We seek to multiply Jesus-followers, communities and churches throughout the city – and world.
How can I get connected?
To begin connecting with our church body, we recommend joining our Foundations Class, a 5-week class on Sundays at 9am that walks through what we believe (doctrine), why its important to belong (membership), who we are (vision, mission, and values), why we are here (context), and how we function (leadership, ministries, partners, and finances). By the end, you’ll have clear next steps for how to grow and get further connected with a Cornerstone Community. You can jump into the class at any time, simply sign up here. Email us at Connect@downtowncornerstone.org with any questions.
Our MissionThe mission of Cornerstone Kids (CKids) is to build a great city through the gospel for the glory of God. We are committed to partnering with you to joyfully teach, show and model who God is and what He has done for us through the person and work of Christ. Moreover, it is our desire that every Cornerstone Kid may live to love Him, glorify Him and bring hope to the next generation.
What to ExpectCornerstone Kids is available for children 6 months - 3rd grade. Children of all ages are also welcome to sit in the main gathering with their parent or caretaker. A comfortable nursing area is available for nursing mothers near the main entrance. All Cornerstone Kids families are invited to park in the family/visitor parking lot next to 2333 Western after dropping children at the Cornerstone Kids entrance and follow the sign in the alley to the Cornerstone Kids entrance. Check-in opens at 8:45 AM or 10:45. Cornerstone Kids class starts at 9 AM or 11 AM and goes until the end of the gathering (10:30 AM or 12:30 PM). As you enter the CKids gathering space downstairs, a volunteer will be ready to help you check in your child. All of our CKids volunteers are well-known, trained, and have undergone a thorough background check. For children in Preschool to 3rd grade, our time together will consist of a Bible lesson, worship, intentional play, Scripture memory, prayer, and a craft/activity that reinforces the lesson for the morning. During check-out, you will receive a parent handout to help you reinforce the Bible truth that we learned throughout the week. For children under 3 years of age, your child will be cared for through prayer, intentional play, and song. The 1-2's class also will have a short Bible story lesson and snack. Learn more in the New Family Packet.
What We Value
Partnership. We believe that God intends for parents/caretakers to be the primary instruments of discipleship in their child’s life (Deut 6:6-7; Eph 6:1-4). Parents disciple and lead their children to Jesus, and we partner by encouraging and resourcing throughout the week, using Sunday gatherings to compliment and propel the disciple-making process.
Worship Through Song. We want kids to grow up setting their hope in God and expressing it in worship through song (Col 3:16). We joyfully sing songs of worship to Jesus, creating an environment where kids are free to express themselves in praise.
Community. Children, like adults, desire community. Cornerstone Kids attempts to cultivate lifelong gospel-relationships between the adults and children who meet together on Sundays and throughout the week.
Prayer. We want to help cultivate in the children a fervent, dependent prayer life that they might understand from a young age that God is personally invested in them and hears their every petition. Every Sunday morning, we set aside specific time for corporate prayer while volunteers also pray over each child. As a team, we are committed to praying for God to work in your family throughout the week.
Volunteers. We have carefully and prayerfully chosen volunteers who are committed to faithful, accountable gospel living and can serve as role models for the children. Every volunteer has submitted an application, completed a background check, and had an interview with CKids leads. Moreover, we are committed to provide our volunteers with on-going training and resources to cultivate the best possible environment for children to grow in their faith journey.If you would like more information about Cornerstone Kids, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need prayer
For all our strategizing and preparation, we cannot succeed without the Spirit of God building his church. Please pray with and for us daily. Jesus will build his church, but he does so through the faithful work, service and prayers of his people. There is much spiritual opposition, relational tension, financial strain and physical hardship involved in planting a church. Please join us in prayer to our God who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask, think or imagine (Eph 3:20).
We regularly gather together for an evening of prayer, vision and worship. This event occurs in lieu of our normal weekly community rhythm, and is an opportunity for our church body to go before our Father, asking Him to do what only He can do.
We’ll talk about where we are and where, by God’s grace, we are going.
We’ll sing to the King.
Most importantly, we’ll pray. God has been exceedingly generous to us and we can’t help but think that it is due to us asking Him to do what only He can. We don’t ever want to feel like we somehow have this church planting thing covered. This is His church; we are His people.
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven…’” (Mat 6:9)
“Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Mat 9:38)
“…that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Lk 18:1)
For more info and location details please check the email@example.com.
Serve with us
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Cor. 12:7
If you call DCC home and have not yet found a way to serve, you are needed! As a family on mission in the city, we rely on the faithful service of our people to make things run.
If you have recently professed faith in Christ and/or have not yet been baptized as a believer in Jesus Christ, we want to extend the invitation for you to be baptized and become part of the DCC family! To begin that process, we invite you to take our next Foundations Class. This 5-week class walks through what we believe (doctrine), why it's important to belong (membership), who we are (vision, mission, and values), why we are here (context), and how we function (leadership, ministries, partners, and finances). By the end, you’ll have clear next steps for how to grow and get further connected. ***This class is required for baptism & membership with DCC.***
The Gospel is the good news of the forgiveness of sin in Jesus Christ.
Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death while, at the same time, being born again to a living hope in Jesus.
When we repent of our sin, trust in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we should be baptized (Acts 2:41).
Why should Christians be baptized?
Jesus commanded that all Christians be baptized (Mat 28:19).
Who should be baptized?
Every baptism in the New Testament is preceded by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus (Acts 22:16). In other words, only Christians who have repented of sin and have trusted in Jesus should be baptized. Therefore, baptism is not intended for non-Christians or children too young to demonstrate repentance and articulate faith.
Is membership a requirement for baptism?
In scripture we repeatedly see that Baptism is a sign to the watching world that we identify ourselves as part of God’s family, the local church. When someone chooses Jesus, they choose Jesus’ church. Therefore, we view baptism and church membership going hand in hand.
Where can I learn more?
How do I begin the process toward baptism?
Steps to becoming a member
This (almost) goes without saying, but church membership is for those that have repented of their sin and embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior and Friend. To become a "member" of a local church is a tangible way of demonstrating that you are a "member" of the household of God (Eph 2:19), a "member" of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) and partner in the gospel (Phil 1:5) by faith in the person and work of Jesus. If you’re still peeking over the proverbial fence of Christianity, we love you, but let’s wait.
#2 Foundations Class.
A significant aspect of our membership process is walking through our Foundations Class that merges essential Christian doctrine with important elements of DCC’s vision. You don’t have to agree with everything we believe, but we do ask that you not be contentious or divisive when differences arise. You can find out when the next class is and register HERE.
To help guide you through the process we’ve built-out an application and covenant that can be completed online once you have completed the class. After completing the Foundations class, you can start that process anytime at downtowncornerstone.org/membership-application.
#4 Meeting with a Pastor.
The last step of the process will include a meeting with a pastor. Don’t worry! This isn’t a try-out. If you follow Jesus, you’ve participated in the Church Membership Class, and have completed the application, you’ll do well. This is an additional opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. Most members find this is their favorite part of the process!
To be a member of Jesus’ church means that you should be participating and known as part of the "household of God" and "body of Christ." If you haven't yet started the process of becoming known in community, regularly serving, and sacrificially giving, we want to invite you into taking those steps. These are evidences that you understand and embrace your roles and responsibilities among this local expression of God’s people.
How do I begin the process toward becoming a covenant member with Downtown Cornerstone Church?
If you would like to become a member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
Relevant Blog Posts & Media
- Church Membership: What it means to believe, be and belong | Sermon Series
- Sneak Peek: Church Membership Series
- Is Church Membership Biblical?
- “Church Membership” Series Overview
- Membership FAQ | Maybe you’re asking…
Downtown Cornerstone ResourcesThis ever-growing list of resources is intended for the encouragement, edification and equipping of the saints of Downtown Cornerstone Church. (Eph 4:11-16)
ServingCornerstone Community Lead Description If you have been asked or encouraged by your leader to apply to be a Cornerstone Community Lead, this is a thorough description of what the volunteer role entails. Please talk with your community lead for details about the application process. Deacon Primer & Process. This document is intended to clarify the office of Deacon and provide an overview of the process of becoming a Deacon at Downtown Cornerstone Church. Volunteer Background Check. This Background Check form needs to be completed and submitted by all Cornerstone Community Leads and Hosts, as well as DCC Service Leads. Ministry Descriptions. This is where you can find descriptions of the Ministry Lead, Service Leads and Volunteer roles for each DCC Ministry (in process).
GrowingDiscipleship Group Starter. The purpose of this document is to clarify the form and function of our Discipleship Groups (DGs). These are small (2-5 people), gender-specific, biblical, and missional groups that regularly meet together for life-on-life intentional discipleship. Recommended Reading List. While we do not necessarily fully endorse everything in every book listed here, every book listed has something to offer. This is not an exhaustive list, but these books can serve as tools in cultivating us as a God-saturated, Gospel-centered, and Christ-exalting people. Combined navigator + m’cheyne bible reading plan. This is a customized, combined version of The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan (which plans for 25 days of reading each month, leaving five days for catch-up or further study) and the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan (through which you read the New Testament twice and Old Testament once per year). You can pick up a printed copy of this plan at the Connect Desk on Sundays.
PlantingLaunch documents. This document is a compilation of the various resources we created, synthesized or adapted during the Launch Community development phase (June-Dec 2010) of Downtown Cornerstone Church. Vision prospectus. This booklet was created in the initial phase of planting to help cast a vision for this new work and call others to join us on mission here in Seattle. Sex offender policy. The Downtown Cornerstone Church Sex Offender Policy is designed to protect families, members, visitors and “Sex Offenders” by encouraging accountability, full-disclosure, and compliance with the laws of Washington State.
The heart of Jesus’ commission to his church is to make disciples. The term disciple refers to being a student, a follower, or a learner. Therefore, to be a disciple of Jesus means to follow him and learn from him. Now, if Jesus’ ﬁnal commission was to make disciples, we must know what that entails today in our context and aim to be a disciple-making disciple church. Being a disciple of Jesus is the lifelong process of learning to trust and become more like Him in every sphere of life – and help others do the same.
As a church we have five main pathways that facilitate meaningful discipleship: Sunday gatherings, Cornerstone Communities, Discipleship Groups, Membership, and Training Tracks & Events. Our current training tracks are:
At the heart of the Christian faith is “discipleship” or, in other words, being a learner of Jesus (Mt 28:18-20). Growing as a disciple of Jesus doesn’t happen on accident, intentionality is required. Therefore, we have created Discipleship Groups (DGs) which are small (2-5 people), gender-specific, biblical, and missional groups who regularly meet together for life-on-life intentional discipleship. The purpose of these groups is to cultivate trust in Jesus, growth in holiness and missional living. Click here to learn more.
EQUIP is designed to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph 4:12). In other words, the purpose of EQUIP is to make disciples who make disciples that are anchored in all that God is for them, in Jesus. This one year development track (roughly 52 weeks) is designed to help this happen in the context of small (4-6 people), covenanted, gender-specific groups. These EQUIP groups will meet regularly for discussion of preselected content, scripture, prayer, and sharpening. EQUIP is not intended to be a class, but a context for life-on-life missional discipleship. Click here to learn more.
Pre-MaritalDCC’s Foundations for Marriage (Pre-Marital) Class is a 5-week study on biblical marriage designed to help you gain clarity on theology, your relationship, and relational skills. The class is open to engaged couples who want to build a solid foundation for their marriage. This class is required if you wish to have a DCC pastor officiate your wedding. Click here to learn more.
We believe the local church is God’s primary mission strategy for spreading the gospel of Jesus from the neighborhoods of Seattle to the nations of the world. Therefore, our prayerful aim is to see many gospel-centered, Jesus-loving, Bible-believing churches planted. To do that, we have a three-fold strategy. First, we give 10% of our giving to local and global church planting efforts. Second, we have created an in-house two-year residency to identify, equip and train future planters and pastors. Third, as a church, we belong to Acts 29 for resource-sharing, training, networking and accountability. Below are some of the churches and church planters we are currently supporting.
Jesus Rodriguez | Mexico City, MexicoIn February 2014, Jesùs, his wife Karla and their 2 children (Joel 3yr old and Luciana 1yr old), moved to Mexico City with just their luggage to see a new church planted in the heart of the City. They are still working on nailing down a name and a website, but you can sign up to receive their newsletter by emailing: email@example.com.
Igreja Do Redentor | Rio de Janeiro, BrazilIn 2013, Jay Bauman he started planting Igreja do Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lives with his wife Luciane and his daughters Sophia and Olivia. Jay is also the co-director of Acts 29 Latin America, where he is involved in advancing the gospel to Brazil and beyond. We’re currently supporting and helping 18 church-planters get trained and equipped through Restore Brazil and The Planter Project.
Radiant Church Juneau | Juneau, AKIn 2012, Mike Rydman and his wife sold their home in Everett, WA and boarded a ferry for a three-day sail to Juneau, AK with the vision to plant a church. They launched their first Sunday worship gathering in 2014 and seek to reach both the Native population and local University within the city. You can learn more about the mission and vision of Radiant Church by visiting radiantjuneau.org.
Acts 29 US West | Various Locations
Downtown Cornerstone is supporting 15 church planters located across the western United States including Idaho, California, Hawaii, Nevada and more. Read each church planter's story and their specific prayer requests here.