In most places, “membership” is a privilege that’s all about you, like getting into a country club. When you qualify to be a member, you’re “in,” and you start enjoying the perks. Membership in a church is different.

Church membership is different from other kinds of membership. Instead of being served, you serve. Instead of feeling superior, you’re humble. At Cornerstone, membership isn’t about “getting in” and taking advantage. It’s about committing to a family that serves one another.

When you become a member at Cornerstone, it’s because you want to be a committed part of this local church family while God has you in West LA. Like a family, members at Cornerstone have their flaws; like a family, we still love each other. At it’s core, membership is the way we promise to stand by one another in love, no matter what, as we follow God together.

Becoming A Church Member

If you are interested in church membership, you should start with our Intro to Cornerstone class. This class introduces the core elements of Christianity and explains how we live them out here at Cornerstone. The Intro to Cornerstone class is offered 4 times a year on Sunday mornings.

Intro to Cornerstone is part 1 of a 3 part pathway series for those new to Cornerstone and those interested in becoming a member at Cornerstone. Sessions are held once a month in 3 month cycles. The first session is an informal "get-to-know-us" session. If after attending the first session you are interested in becoming a Member at Cornerstone you can attend the following two sessions with an option to formally become a member at the end of the three month cycle.

If, after the 3 part pathway class series, you’d like to commit to our family, then you’ll sign the Membership Covenant. This document is kind of like the vows at a wedding: it details what you are committing to as a member of our family, and what you can expect from the other members around you.

Finally, we’ll have a membership ceremony to celebrate the new members of our family. During a Sunday service, new members are brought before the church, prayed over, and welcomed in. Our existing members vocally covenant to support, encourage, and disciple the new members like they would members of their own family.

What If I'm Leaving Los Angeles Soon?

God brings many people through Los Angeles as one stop in his plan for their lives. We’re very happy to be a small part of what God is doing in so many different people. While it’s bittersweet to see so many close friends leave, we’re overjoyed that God is bearing fruit with those friends all over the world.

Because of the transient nature of LA, we think it’s all the more important to commit to a local church family, even if you’re only in town for a short time. Whether it’s for a one year job or a two year degree program, we encourage you: while you are here in LA, be all here with us. We think you will find the committed family lifestyle of membership at Cornerstone a blessing whether you are here for a year or a decade.