Twenty-one years ago, Cornerstone Baptist Church was established to help people from all types of spiritual backgrounds personally walk with Jesus and team with others to impact the Fauquier community. During this time we found it most effective to minister through the use of rental facilities. In early 2016, we began to realize that the cost and availability of those rental facilities made looking for property a wise next step. Additionally, we began to envision how a permanent facility, especially one with the capability for dual purpose, could enhance our ministry both within Cornerstone and to the greater community (a dual purpose facility will intentionally use the building for both church and community activities). This lined up perfectly with our vision.
Therefore, we formed a team in early 2016 to study our options, and the team concluded our first step was to establish a building fund with the goal of collecting $300,000 by July 2019. Unexpectedly, in the Fall of 2017, several months ahead of our timeline, we were approached by a local business owner to consider purchasing their 9000 square feet events center. Over the past months we built a strong relationship with the owner and explored the possibility of purchasing the events center to use for worship and community events.
We held our Easter services there in April and found the experience quite delightful. The congregation’s enthusiasm was shown in the highest attendance and invitation rate for the entire year!
Although this opportunity comes to us ahead of schedule, we have sensed God’s leadership throughout this process and can see how this facility can serve to create ministry opportunities well beyond those we currently enjoy. At this point we believe God is leading us to raise the funds to pursue this property.
The current discussions with the owner have yielded the following numbers:
We are looking for additional partners to help make this unique opportunity a reality for both Cornerstone and the Warrenton community. We invite you to seek God and ask what He might lead you to give. We will finalize our commitments by May 31st and need to have the cash in hand by August 31st. You can make a donation one of three ways:
We greatly appreciate your prayers as we walk through this exciting time of seeing God work! Here is where we are at with meeting our goal: