Mission statement & core values

Cornerstone’s purpose is to glorify & enjoy God 

  by growing a loving body 

   of faithful disciples 

    who are redeeming Southern Maryland

      and the world for Christ. 

Our Core Values:

We strive to be...

• Gospel-centered.

The gospel, as revealed in God’s Word, is the center of who we are and all that we do. It is the truth that through faith in Jesus Christ alone, all of our guilt, shame and unrighteousness is removed and replaced with all of Jesus’ beauty and righteousness. Growth in the Christian life occurs the same way that it began: through believing the gospel.

• Prayer-inspired.

Prayer is essential to the life of a Christian and to the life of a church. Through prayer we commune with God, express our need and dependence upon, align ourselves with God’s work, and become empowered by God’s Spirit.

• Kingdom-driven.

God’s kingdom has entered history in the person of Jesus Christ to renew the whole world and reconcile all things to himself. The church is God’s principle instrument of making the fullness of his coming kingdom a present reality.

• Incarnate.

God incarnated himself in the person of Jesus so that the world could be reconciled to God and one another. As a church we model the incarnation in manifesting the love and truth of Jesus Christ to Southern Maryland and wherever we serve.

• Authentic community.

This is a community where Jesus Christ is experienced in his presence and power, where lives are transformed by the gospel through mutual ministry. In gospel-centered community, people come to know and experience his presence in a way that cannot happen individually. This is a community where it is safe to be broken without fear of condemnation, where there is gospel inspired transparency and accountability, and where there is a fertile context for the Holy Spirit to transform lives.


Beliefs & Values

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and are founded upon the following beliefs:


The story of God is the foundation of our church.  It is a true story rooted in history and communicated through God's Word, the Bible.  The biblical story includes four main acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.  This drama tells the story of the gospel, the good news of how God created us to know him personally, and then entered human history in Jesus Christ to renew creation and redeem people from every nation, tribe, and language.  The gospel is the center of who we are and all that we do.  We believe that we never get past this foundational truth and that growth in the Christian life occurs the same way that it began: through a deepening belief in the gospel of Jesus.


We belong to the global family of churches shaped by the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.  This tradition is characterized by an emphasis on the centrality of the Scriptures,  the goodness of creation, and the priority of God's grace in all of life, including salvation.


Our church is led by a "representative" leadership structure called "Presbyterian" which means that we are elder led.  We believe that it is good and right for churches and leaders to be connected and accountable.  We also believe that the sacraments of baptism and communion not only represent God's grace but seal and apply that grace to our lives.

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