What we believe eldership to be

According to the Bible, the church is to be led by qualified and called men as elders and qualified and called men and women as deacons. 

Simply put, a church elder is a man called by God to be an overseer.

According to the Bible, elders are to be known for their prayer life (1 Tim. 2:8), modeling Christ-like service (Matt. 20:26–28; 1 Pet. 5:2), and being practically responsible in their homes, as well as in the workplace (1 Tim. 3:4–7).

Not just any man can serve as an elder—they must be qualified to do so. The qualifications of elders are laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9. As a church we currently have men who are modeling eldership as discussed, and we are moving toward completing this process. 

 


JOHN ERVINE, LEAD PASTOR/ELDER 

johnervine@cornerstonerathfriland.com

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My name is John Ervine, I am married to Julie and we have three wonderful children Isaac, Anna and Aaron. I have always lived in Rathfriland and can honestly say that I love the South Down area and long to see God move here in ways which we can only imagine.  

Our vision for this Cornerstone church is that it will impact our community on every level. On a Gospel level we desire above all things to see the transforming power of Jesus reach people who would never have normally connected with any church. We also want to see those who are committed to following Jesus discipled in a manner where they see the whole of life through Gospel lenses and are able to apply the Gospel to every situation that life throws at them.  We desire to see lives transformed by Jesus and therefore filter into every other avenue in society.


Ally murray, ELDER.

info@cornerstonerathfriland.com

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My name is Ally Murray and I am married to my wonderful wife Emily and we have the joy of being dad and mum to Daniel, Mollie and Micah, our three kids! I serve as Elder in Cornerstone Church and have been born and raised in the local Rathfriland area. Emily and I have a love for South Down because it is home, because it is stunning in its natural beauty with endless reminders of God's awesome creation everywhere you look, but also because we believe that there is so much gospel need and gospel potential in this area! Our desire is that through our lives, the life and witness of Cornerstone Church and through all local gospel churches people get to hear, see, encounter and taste the gospel and find that Jesus did truly come to "bring life and life in abundance" as they find forgiveness, healing, identity and purpose in Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

I'm also involved in CAP ministry within church and am a huge advocate for this amazing service which sees thousands of people walk out from under the weight of crippling financial debt and also meet Jesus! On top of this I work full time and love football (Man United), Rugby (Ulster) and enjoy pretty much anything with a ball where you keep a score! 

We long to see disciples who go and make disciples and that Jesus' name and renown would be the desire of His people in Rathfriland, South Down and beyond!


marcus somerville, elder.

Our vision for Cornerstone church is that it will impact our community on every level. On a Gospel level we desire above all things to see the transforming power of Jesus reach people who would never have normally connected with any church. We also want to see those who are committed to following Jesus discipled in a manner where they see the whole of life through Gospel lenses and are able to apply the Gospel to every situation that life throws at them.  We desire to see lives transformed by Jesus and therefore filter into every other avenue in society.

As a family, we have been involved since the beginning with the planting of Cornerstone church in Rathfriland. The vision has always been to create a space where people feel welcome to hear the Good News of Jesus and how He alone has the power to transform lives. Real community, where people are connected because of the grace of Jesus, was something we longed for in this area and we are amazed at what God has done already and how He has moved by His Spirit.  Our desire is to see hearts drawn to Jesus, rejoicing in the hope that only He can bring and proclaiming His gospel to the world around them.