Pray, promote and partner have been the three essential directives in Cornerstone Baptist Church’s quest to extend its campus to the new Cornerstone Baptist South, formerly Swiftwater Baptist Church.
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1407 E. Reed Road, recently announced the addition of a new campus (Cornerstone Baptist South), 3301 Highway 1 S., Greenville.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 13, Cornerstone Baptist South will hold a Christmas service.
Following the service, there will be a soup and sandwich open house.
All are invited to attend.
Cornerstone senior pastor Dr. Jack Manor emphasized the importance of the church’s”pray, promote and partner” initiative as it has propelled the ministry in its endeavor to expand and provide a church in a community who was without one.
“Well, Swiftwater Baptist Church’s congregation ended up getting down to about eight people, a really sweet group of people and they just couldn’t keep the church going,” Manor shared. “I talked to them about what we wanted to do in expanding our campus and they really took hold of that.”
After working out the details of the acquisition of the Swiftwater Baptist Church property with those involved, Cornerstone Baptist was full steam ahead in taking on the responsibility of an additional campus.
The addition started out with a vision to plant an extended campus called Cornerstone Baptist South at the Swiftwater location.
To bring the vision to fruition, and to provide continuity, Cornerstone asked that individuals do three things — commit and pray for God’s provision and blessing, commit and promote the venture among family members, church members, coworkers and acquaintances and third, commit and partner with the church by giving a recurring tax-deductible donation.
Funds had to be made, renovations had to be done and resources had to be allocated.
Everyone who knew of Cornerstone Baptist’s mission were asked to spread the word of the expansion far and wide in order to develop partners.
“There’s a whole lot of people in that area who need a good, active, Bible-teaching, Bible-believing and Bible-practicing church,” Manor said.
He added the Cornerstone ministry and family want the opportunity to provided that anywhere God will allow them to.
Manor highlighted the most important thing for Cornerstone Baptist Church is Jesus Christ and the gospel and people’s saving faith in him and having their lives transformed by him.
“Our purpose is to be witnesses of Jesus Christ sharing His gospel of salvation and new life, to see people’s lives transformed as followers of Jesus, and to join God where He is at work extending His forever kingdom,” Cornerstone Baptist Church’s vision statement states.
Cornerstone Baptist Church’s worship times are 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. every Sunday, along with children’s ministry.
On Wednesdays, the church holds a 5 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. prayer meeting and Bible study.
Manor said once regular worship begins at the beginning of the year for its new campus, Cornerstone Baptist South, the worship times will mirror that of the main campus.
“I give thanks to God for opening this door of ministry for Cornerstone Baptist to plant this new extended campus of our church. Every step of the way, we have seen His hand moving to make things happen. Had it not been for God's leadership, guidance, and enablement, we would not be experiencing this wonderful act of His amazing grace,” a grateful Manor said.
Additional information can be found at cornerstonedelta.com/south_campus.html or by calling Manor at 662-347- 6914.