Practicing Discernment: Cornerstone Community Church in Auburn, California’s Distinctives for Shepherds

This is a discernment exercise that comes from an EFCA Church in Auburn, California. Cornerstone Community Church has a shepherding program it appears. This is the distinctives for shepherds. Study this and ask, do you want to get involved in this church?

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”

Edward De Bono

“To live is to think.”

Marcus Cicero

That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Acts 17: 10-12 NLT

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This is another discernment exercise that comes from Auburn, California. This is Cornerstone Community Church which is led by Mike Ernst. Mike came from Cool Community Church in Cool, California where he served previously. I wrote about Cool in, “Cool Community Church on What a “Healthy Member” is in a Neo-Calvinist Church; However Drew Buell Forgot One Aspect as “Sound Doctrine” Means Teaching an Individual Why Rape and Sexual Assault is a Problem in the Military.”

In this post you have the qualifications and reading list for shepherds at Cornerstone Community Church. What is your assessment of what is being said? Do you approve of the books being recommend? Would you want to be shepherded here? Is this program show a healthy church? Or would you avoid this church and move on? Be generous in the comments as this post will tag the website for Cornerstone Community Church. You could educate someone in how to think or you could help keep someone away from Mike Ernst’s church. This is the Shepherd Distinctives.


2 thoughts on “Practicing Discernment: Cornerstone Community Church in Auburn, California’s Distinctives for Shepherds

  1. A few things I see in this:

    “Shepherds encourage people to boldly and tactfully explain the Gospel to lost people.”
    “Boldy” and “tactfully” seem to be contradictions. I’ve had people boldly try to evangelize at me, and there was nothing tactful about it.

    “Shepherds help people to love others. They take advantage of real-life conflicts to apply
    biblical definitions of love to sinful hearts”
    What is that second sentence supposed to mean? Is this just a veiled reference for how they are going to beat up on gay people? Otherwise why say “apply biblical definitions of love” instead of just sticking with “love others”?

    “Shepherds heal people with the Bible. Other advice is helpful, but only the Bible has the
    authority and purity to truly and deeply heal our wounds and empower righteousness.”
    This is terrible advice! There are a lot of people who have been harmed by this kind of idea. When they needed a qualified counselor, but instead only got “biblical counseling,” they’ve wound up worse-off, not better.

    “Shepherds explain the basic storyline and themes of the Bible instead of pulling phrases
    and tips out of context.”
    I actually approve of this. There’s often too much focus on individual bible verses, without any understanding of the larger context. (They’ll still probably skip over talking about when each book was written, by who, under what circumstances and for what purposes, why the book was chosen for inclusion in the final canon, and how the copies we have now reached us. I’ve never been to a “bible study” that looked at any of that.)

    “Shepherds lead people through the whole counsel of God instead of just the safe and
    familiar sections and themes.”
    I approve of this too, but probably not for the reasons this church recommends it. 😉

    “Shepherds teach people how to study and interpret the Bible….”
    …in the ways that their denomination approves of. They couldn’t have people just reading the bible on their own and coming to their own conclusions, could they?

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