Building on the Right Foundation

Cornerstone ChurchesChipping Campden Baptist Church is part of a cluster of Baptist Churches known as “Cornerstone”. They share a common faith, leadership and resources, believing that we can accomplish far more by working together that by working alone.

Cornerstone’s Vision

Our common vision is…

  • Proclaiming Jesus Christ to people today
  • Making disciples
  • Building God’s Kingdom
  • Praying for Revival
  • Planting new churches
  • Reaching the nations

The individual churches in Cornerstone work together to fulfil a common vision, sharing leadership and resources, believing that we can accomplish far more by working together than by working alone.

Cornerstone’s History

Cornerstone Churches was launched in 1998.

One of CCBC’s housegroups became the first church plant in February 1999, led by Rev Dan Pulham. Stour Valley Baptist Church (SVBC) meets at Shipston High School.

September 2003 Hook Norton Baptist Church joined the local cluster of Cornerstone Churches.

September 2005, another of CCBC’s housegroups, in Bidford-upon-Avon, became the second church plant, initially led by Rev Neil Dunlop. After Neil left, Rev Jamie Cox now leads the church. In 2012 the fellowship left their original location and moved into their own premises called theBarn.

Bloxham Baptist Church decided to join Cornerstone Churches and covenanted with us in December 2011.

Working Together

So what does it practically mean to work together and share resources?

Once a year we gather for a Covenant Service, to worship, pray and re-commission ourselves in covenant promise to our shared values and vision.

The ministers of each church meet regularly for encouragement, prayer, reflection and accountability.

The Churches meet regularly for :
  • Monthly Prayer and Praise Services
  • Joint celebrations in each church
  • Annual Cornerstone Churches Summer Conference

Additionally, Cornerstone enables each of the five churches to share their events and activities across the cluster, including

  • Sports teams and events, including Cornerstone United F.C. and Golf Connexion
  • Drama and performance art, including Cornerstone Theatre Company, the Barn Arts
  • Men’s and women’s events, including Cornerstone Men’s Breakfast and Philia
  • Leadership training and resourcing, including training of children’s workers, musicans and preachers
  • Special services and events, including Send the Fire (Youth), the Mix (a service for those with special needs and their carers)
  • Sharing good practice, experience and insights, including Child Protection Training and Safeguarding, vision & values

Cornerstone Churches began after a God given vision in 1997, shortly after Philip Deller began his ministry at CCBC. He recalls…

“I remember sitting in my study sometime in 1997 chatting with a colleague from Bible College days, the Rev Rick Oldland. During our conversation he challenged me with the question. “Where will CCBC be in 10 years time?”
I replied that I believed we would be fulfilling the Vision God had given us. I remember saying to him that I believed we would be more than one congregation by then.
His next question was “How would these congregations be held together?”.
“By a shared vision, shared resources and shared leadership,” I replied. “How about a name to gather under?” As we looked out of the window at the stones which formed the corner of the houses around, a name emerged – “Cornerstone Churches” – based on Jesus as the foundation.” – Philip Deller

“As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’ Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone and, a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.’ They stumble because they disobey the message – which is also what they were destined for. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:4-10