Cornerstone Community Church (Simi Valley, CA) has been maxing out their facility for the past seven years. Obviously, the solution is more property and a bigger building. But the leadership at Cornerstone Community Church did not feel peace about spending $50 million to $60 million (California is expensive) going the traditional route. They asked themselves:
Would God rather we spend the money in other ways?
What about helping the world’s poor and suffering? What about serving our local community? How can we create a Biblical community that ministers through their actions?
The answer to their questions was the Conerstone Tierra Rejada Building Project. It is a church building campaign that saves money and creates a place that prioritizes serving the people outside of their church rather than self-serving their own needs. The project includes:
- Cornerstone Community Church & Eternity Bible College Facilities
>> Outdoor Sanctuary (3,000 person capacity)
>> Gym/Multi-Purpose Building (1,000 person capacity)
>> Chapel/Multi-Purpose Building (300 person capacity)
>> Administration Building with Library
>> Classroom Buildings
>> Maintenance and Restroom Buildings
- Children’s Hunger Fund Facilities
>> Administration Buildings and Learning Center
>> Warehouse/Packing Buildings
- Athletic Fields
>> 3.8 acres of shared-use athletic fields (will encourage local community use)
- Onsite Wastewater Treatment Facility
>> Creates tertiary-treated recycled water for irrigation
- Onsite Parking Facilities
>> 2,000 parking spaces
>> Eco-friendly “grass-crete” pavement
- Open Space
>> Approximately 58.8 acres of preserved open space
>> Only 3% of total site developed
To better understand “Why?”
Watch this sermon (click here) by Senior Pastor Francis Chan. And watch the following videos:
Church Leadership Discusses a Need
What Can $20 Million Dollars Do?
I admire their stewardship. Obviously, their church model does not work for every church because God gives each of us a unique calling. However, I think it is an excellent example of how we all should evaluate our ministries within their own unique contexts and search for ways to maximize our stewardship.