The Four Cornerstones of the Community of Saint John are essential in providing a base for ministry and fellowship. We believe that these four cornerstones should be held to the highest standards of excellence according to our abilities. Excellence is not perfection, but the belief that we are to always give our best to God. These four cornerstones are Worship, Formation, Stewardship, and Service.
Worship ~ at the very heart of all that we do
The Community of Saint John is centered in and around the Eucharist. A community which prays together in silence and adoration is bound together by the presence of the Holy Spirit. On the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends as an example of the communion they were to have with God and with each other. When we participate in this communal meal, we abide in God and God abides in us.
Along with the Eucharist, we believe that the Holy Scriptures are important to our daily life. God still speaks through the writings of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The Bible has a central place in our worship, study and everyday life. When we open our lives to the eternal truths found in these writings, we have more to share with others about God’s love.
Formation ~ a life-long approach to learning
The strength of our community is based in the spiritual vitality of our members. Each member of the Community of Saint John who grows in love and wisdom helps the growth of the whole community. Each person who refuses to grow or is afraid to grow inhibits the community’s growth. All of our members are responsible for their own growth and that of the community as a whole.
Formation is dynamic – encompassing learning, action and reflection. The Community of Saint John offers a variety of learning opportunities, both formal and informal, that lead to the transformation of the individual and the community. Learning to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength is a continual process. The goal of Formation is an all-inclusive learning which focuses on the heart as well as the head. Our knowledge must lead to new attitudes and new actions that embrace the teachings and character of Jesus.
Stewardship ~ everything I do after I say, “I believe…”
Once a person chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an optional practice. Our Community believes that stewardship is all about relationships – our relationship with God and our relationship with each other. Members of our Community who practice faithful stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, and the source of all they have, are, and will be.
The Community of Saint John encourages its members to support Christ’s mission by offering their time, their talent, and making an annual pledge with serious consideration to proportionate giving. This was described by St. Paul in I Corinthians 16: “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, so that you may prosper.” Our Community holds up the Biblical mandate of tithing as a worthy goal for Christian stewards.
Service ~ reaching out in love to others
The Community of Saint John was not born simply for the well being of its members. We are part of a larger worldview and serve the greater community. We have received a gift – community – and it must bear fruit for all people. Our mission is to bring people of all ages into closer union with God in Christ, into closer union with one another, and into closer union by service to those in need. Whenever possible the members of our Community engage in service in twos or threes or more, rather than individually, so that we can share companionship in ministry.