Servant Leadership

Leadership in Christ's church is servant leadership.
Jesus serves his people and then calls us to do the same as we care for one another.
-Mark 10:45; John 13:14-17

A biblical view of Leadership

Elders (a plurality of shepherds)

Churches are led by a plurality of qualified men called shepherds who share the responsibility of oversight for the church. These men are servants marked by love and tasked with the job of leading, feeding, protecting and caring for God’s people. God's foremost priority is on the character of these men and the integrity of their doctrine since they serve as examples to the flock (Acts 20:17-35; 1 Thess 2:8; 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet 5:1-4).

Deacons (a.k.a. faithful servants)

The Bible teaches that deacons are exemplary servants in the church. They have trustworthy character and are known widely for their faithfulness. They are examples to the flock and they play a crucial role in carrying out various practical needs within the church in a spiritually mature manner as they serve and disciple. The Bible teaches that both men and women can be deacons (1 Tim 3:10-13; c.f., Acts 6:1-7).

Equipping & Entrusting

Faithful churches don't happen by accident.

The Bible clearly teaches that faithful ministry ought to raise up godly men who are skilled in the scriptures to help care for the sheep. There are no shortcuts in this process. It is an investment week by week over the long haul as men pour themselves into others who will then do the same.

We are committed to training men to the best of our ability. We know this is God’s plan for growing his the church (2 Timothy 2:2). We also recognize that we are wholly inadequate and utterly dependent upon God's grace to take our feeble efforts and make them spiritually beneficial.

Every week the men of the church gather at our Approved Workmen study. It is open to all men of the church. It is designed to equip men to understand the truth and to apply biblical doctrine to their personal life, home life and to ministry in the church.

Beginning in January of 2022 the four men teaching Life Groups are in an elder training process together. The process involves study and ministry responsibility as well as testing. Next year we hope to have elder candidates from this group. Those men will have an additional year of ministry before being affirmed by the congregation in this role.

- C.f., Philippians 4:9; Colossians 1:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:2

DEVELOPING LEADERS

Equipping & Entrusting

Faithful churches don't happen by accident. The New Testament clearly outlines that ministry faithfulness means raising up godly men skilled in the scriptures and in caring for the sheep. There are no shortcuts in this process. It is an investment week by week over the longhaul (Colossians 1:28-29). Real ministry is forged by doing the work alongside others who model and sharpen.

Although we are a young ministry we are committed to training men to the best of our ability. We know this is God’s plan for perpetuating ministry (2 Timothy 2:2).

Regular equipping in ministry is open to all men. Those who are aspire and demonstrate growing faithfulness are given additional ministry responsibilities, training and time with other leaders.

JAKE LIEDKIE

Shepherd/Elder

Jake loves the church. His earnest desire is to see God's people understand truth and grow in Christ. He equips the saints through preaching, training the men of the church and counseling and discipleship. His ministry aim is long-term faithfulness since ministry is a marathon and not a sprint.

Jake moved to Albany with his family to plant Cornerstone because he wanted to see another ministry in the Willamette Valley committed to expository preaching, a reformed view of salvation and a biblical philosophy of ministry. His ministry training took place at his sending church, Grace Immanuel Bible Church, in Jupiter, FL and The Expositors Seminary.

Skip Hamilton

Deacon

Skip serves the church in many ways. His greatest burden in ministry is to see the Scriptures authentically taught and lived, because without the Word of God and the supremacy of the person of Christ in the church, we really have nothing (John 6:68).

Ian Bowler

Life Group Leader & Music Ministry

Ian hosts a Life Group and gives oversight to the music ministry. He and his family also serve in other ways to meet needs in the body as they arise. Ian wants to see the church cared for by humble shepherds who love the flock of God deeply.

Kyle Kennedy

Life Group Leader & Student Ministries

Kyle is a former marine who serves the church with great eagerness. He has ministry experience teaching and serving all ages in the body. Kyle desires that the church maintains sound doctrine and wants to see God's people mature in their doctrine and application of that truth to everyday life.

Tom Doyle

Life Group Leader & Greeting

Tom has a heart for discipleship. He has many years of ministry experience including overseas. He loves the body at Cornerstone. He and his wife Lisa are especially enjoy practicing biblical hospitality as they share the love of Christ by word and deed to others.