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Cornerstone’s 2010 Leadership Team // Part 1

Just wanted to give you some information about Cornerstone’s 2010 leadership team. We are calling this group our Executive Team (formally known as Executive Council). Their purpose is as follows,

“The Executive Team is responsible for giving overall direction and guidance to every aspect of our church’s life. This team is charged with passionately advancing our mission of leading people to know and serve Jesus by protecting our values and beliefs, following our commitments and trusting in God’s leadership.”

This is the same purpose they have always had, just under a different name.

The members of this team are:

Frank Oprandy – Executive Team (ET) Leader

Rebecca Gaston – ET Secretary

Robert Taylor – Lay Leader

Jason Belcher – Trustees Team Leader

John Feehan- Personnel Team Leader

Nic Cofield – Finance Team Leader

John Atkinson – ad hoc

Paul Hansell – ad hoc

Michael Moore – ad hoc

Bruce Shelton – ad hoc

Christopher Slagley – ad hoc

Jennifer Stephens – ad hoc

Elizabeth Yost – ad hoc

Amy Coxwell – staff

Michael McClendon – staff

Julia Farrow – staff

Jill Harris – staff

Brian Johnson – staff

Jack Fisher – staff

Josh Agerton – staff

Rusty Hutson – staff

We will soon have their pictures, biographical information and ET role description on our website. This team is here to serve the church! Please encourage and pray for them often.

See you under he ball!


Executive Council Leadership Retreat


We had our staff and Executive Council leadership retreat this past weekend. We did something different than we had done in previous years. Instead of an overnighter at a retreat center, we shortened our time and went just down the street from our church to Hamilton Gables. Also, instead of team building games, creative activities and long periods of “down time” we lasered in on scripture, telling stories of life change in our church, leadership and our evolving communication strategy.

One of the ideas we focused on was unity. We looked at John 17 and Jesus’ passionate prayer for unity. We were reminded of how important unity and alignment are among people of “the body”. But, that idea starts with the leadership. If the leadership arrows aren’t all pointing in the same direction (within the larger arrow of the mission of the church) then we create confusion for those trying to follow. We must ruthlessly hold fast to our missional direction. All it takes is one or two arrows veering off course to slow down momentum and cause frustration for the others who are passionately moving forward. Jesus clearly understood that one of the weak spots in the human condition is the gravitational pull toward dis-unity and selfishness. If leaders give in to this, the church is in trouble. So, “Jesus help us!”.

Anyway, it was a great retreat. I’m proud of our leadership.