“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”—John 10:11
The Lord Jesus entrusted the church to care for God’s people in the same manner that He leads us like a shepherd. All of those belonging to Christ share this delightful duty. In addition, God gives the elders and deacons of a local congregation specific responsibility to ensure the spiritual and physical needs of each and every member are met (I Tim. 3:1-12; Titus 1:5-9).
At Cornerstone, we believe that caring for the people of God is central to being a church. Thus, we endeavor to be personally involved in the lives of all the saints—from the least to the greatest. Pastoral shepherding and care begins when one becomes a member of the community of Cornerstone. However, it is carried out day after day through weekly worship, regular shepherding contact from elders and deacons, involvement in Home Fellowship Groups, personal meetings or counseling with leadership, and through regular service within the Body of Christ (I Peter 5:1-5).