Who We Are
As A Church
Our beliefs, values, DNA and structure describe who we are as a church, and the convictions that have shaped our culture. They communicate who God has called us to be and direct where we’re going. We are passionate about serving the global community and demonstrating God’s love to others. Whether in person or online, individually or in groups, within our church and around the world, we are focused on supporting and engaging in relationships that provide relief and restoration to a hurting world.
To reach the Phoenix area for Christ and produce fully devoted followers of Christ. Matthew 28:18-20
To “do” church in a way that reflects the community and offers real answers to life, while remaining true to God’s Word.
God’s Word is our sole authority for life.
Our worship will be authentic and passionate.
We will sacrifice in the present to prepare future generations to serve God.
We will not be satisfied until we look like Jesus.
We will share the truth of Jesus without shame.
Serving Christ is always better together.
We will discover the purpose for which God has placed us on earth and fulfill it.
God’s greatest moments happen on the other side of risk.
What we believe
BIBLE & SALVATION
We believe that through the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ by faith, and asking Christ to forgive our sins, a person becomes a Christian (John 1:12; Romans 10:13), and our relationship with God is established. The acceptance of Christ assures us that:
Christ comes into our life (Ephesians 1:13-14) * Our sins are forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
We become a child of God (John 1:12) * We begin a new life with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 10:10b)
We are assured of eternity in heaven (John 11:25, 26; 17:3)
The trinity means that, within the unified essence of the Godhead, there are three distinct persons who are coeternal, coequal, and consubstantial.
The Son of God became man in the divine-human person of Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-18)
Jesus was fully God (John 10:30), and at the same time fully man. (Philippians 2:7-8)
His death on the cross was the answer for mankind’s sins. (Romans 3:23-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3)
He physically rose again on the third day. (Matthew 28:6; Romans 1:4)
Following God’s calling, Pastor Linn Winters and his wife Lisa came to Chandler In 1995 with two other couples to plant a church with a three-point focus:
Cornerstone took root as a couple dozen Chandlerites meeting in an apartment clubhouse in April 1995 to study the Bible. God brought more and more to that study until, in 1995, Cornerstone held its first Sunday Service at Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School with 328 in attendance. Within one year we outgrew that location and moved to Apprende Middle School. Shortly, we began holding two services and started the important work of mission, including trips to Mexico and beyond.
In 1998, we began our lease at Hamilton High. By 1999, we had an average attendance of 500. Through the faithfulness of these people and God’s provisions, we were able to purchase land at our current location and break ground on our first building in January 2001. The first service on February 15, 2002 had 800 in attendance, meeting in the building that is now known as the Student Center.
By 2003 we were holding three services to accommodate the 1200-plus people attending each Sunday. It didn’t take long for us to realize the need to purchase more land and begin construction on a larger auditorium. In 2005 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary in the Phoenix Convention Center so that everyone could attend together. To accommodate our continuing growth, Sundays in our original auditorium had expanded to 2,800 people and six services. Again, Cornerstone attendees were faithful and God provided; on April 1, 2007 we held our first service in our current Worship Center with over 4,000 people attending.
Even as we continue growing, the real story of Cornerstone’s history is comprised of the stories of its individuals — of lives changed. With hundreds each year choosing to dedicate their lives to Christ, getting baptized, and giving sacrificially of their time, talents, and resources, the character of Chandler and surrounding communities are being shaped by the individuals who boldly take the good news of God’s redemption beyond the borders of our campus. With dozens of ministries focusing on specific needs of both the community and the body of believers at Cornerstone, we continue seeking to follow in the footsteps of Christ. We invite you to join us as we look forward with anticipation to what God has in store for the future of His church!