Our Vision

Our vision is to experience church like we read about in the New Testament:

The New Testament church is our inspiration for what church in the 21st century can be. Our roots stretch back to the New Testament church where we discover followers of Christ filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world. They experienced supernatural miracles and spiritual awakenings. The early church lived in community where they experienced life together “house to house” (small groups) and in the “temple courts” (large group). They were generous and caring. This and so much more of what we discover in the early church is what we envision for congregations in the HeartLink Network.

Our Mission

Our mission is to multiply and encourage healthy, life giving churches:
 
We believe healthy churches will be growing and life giving churches. The network overseer, staff members and Apostolic Council exist to provide support, accountability and encouragement to local congregations so they can function as healthy, life giving churches to fulfill the Great Commandment (“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:30-31) and Great Commission (“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” –Matthew 28:18-20).

Our Values…

Truth
 
The Bible is God’s Word. It outlines the standard by which our attitudes and behavior is to be measured. The challenge is to always bring our lives up to the standard of Truth and not adjust the standard of Truth to line up with our lives.
Leadership 
 
The pastoral staff serves as the overseers of the local church. In addition to giving spiritual oversight, they are responsible to train and equip the people (adults, youth & children) to do the work of the ministry according to the gifting and power of the Holy Spirit.
Community 
 
The church is a place to belong. It is like an extended family where each member is responsible to and for other members in accountable relationships. Members of the church care for and serve one another in an atmosphere of love, acceptance and forgiveness and live their lives together in both small and large group settings.
Transformation
 
Lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds. More than simply knowing about God and the Bible, we must personally know him in an intimate, transparent relationship where we experience forgiveness of sin, freedom from past hurts and healing of brokenness in our lives through the life changing power of the Spirit.
Giving
 
The tithe (10%) is the foundation of biblical giving and is given and used in the local church.  Faith Promise giving for missions, sacrificial giving for facilities and compassion giving for the needy are given above and beyond the tithe.  While the tithe (10%) is given out of obedience to God, offerings above and beyond the tithe are optional and are to be given according to ability and desire.
Prayer 
 
Prayer is not preparation for the work of the church it is the work. In prayer we discover and are led to accomplish the purpose of God in our life, family, church, community, nation and world.
Outreach 
 
Prayer moves us outward rather than inward. Extending the Kingdom of God both at home and around the world must be at the forefront of our minds in every decision we make.
Worship
 
Through worship we bless God and minister to Him. We praise and worship Him for who He is through singing and the spoken word.

Our Faith

We Believe…
 
In one God revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
In God the Father who made the heavens and the earth and governs them according to His will and purpose.
In God the Son who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, died on a cross, was buried and raised from the dead in order to provide the way for us to be brought back into relationship with God.
 
In God the Holy Spirit who prompts us to repent and live according to the principles of the Kingdom, producing the fruit and imparting the gifts of the Spirit for successful living and serving.
 
In the church universal made up of all those who have been called out of darkness into light, have placed their faith in Jesus for salvation and who live under His Lordship.
 
In the Bible as the only written Word of God and the ultimate authority for what we are to believe and for the way we are to live.
 
In the visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in great glory and power to receive into heaven all those who have personally accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Our Story

Pastor Gerald Martin and wife Sophia, were pastoring a church in Broadway, Va when God used them and the congregation to reach families in their community. As the church grew, it became apparent that not everyone was equally excited about the new growth. As tensions increased, denominational leaders approached Pastor Gerald with an alternative solution. They asked if he would be willing to plant a new church in the community. Many of the new families joined him in this faith adventure and the result was the official launching of Cornerstone Church of Broadway (Broadway, VA) on April 6, 1986.

Jesus said, “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22). What denominational leaders had the wisdom to recognize is that the “new wine” the Lord was pouring out needed a “new wineskin.” We are thankful for their foresight and for Pastor Gerald’s obedience to develop a new wineskin for what God was doing.

The congregation grew quickly and thus the leaders began looking for opportunities to plant new churches. Church planting efforts targeted cities and towns in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but then expanded to other states as Missouri, South Carolina and Florida. During this period of growth Pastor Gerald transitioned from being the Sr. Pastor of Cornerstone of Broadway to serving as the apostolic leader for the growing network of churches. In 2001 these congregations left their denominational system and formed Cornerstone Church and Ministries International (CCMI).

CCMI continued expanding, especially internationally. Partnerships with indigenous pastors developed in Nigeria, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Montenegro, Chile and Trinidad. These international ministries were supported through Faith Promise missions giving and through relational connections for oversight, equipping and accountability.

In 2011 Pastor Gerald retired from leading CCMI after 25 faithful and fruitful years of ministry with Cornerstone. In June 2011 CCMI was multiplied into nine networks. The seven international church movements were each recognized as their own network and the church in America was divided into two separate networks. Pastor Kenton Slabaugh was appointed as the overseer of Restoration Network International and Pastor Greg Mayo was appointed as the overseer of HeartLink Network of Cornerstone Churches. All nine networks now make up the Association of Cornerstone Networks International.

HeartLink is proud to be part of the spiritual heritage given to us through Pastor Gerald and Sophia Martin. They took steps of faith in 1986 not knowing where that would lead them. Though it hasn’t always been an easy road, they have modeled love, acceptance and forgiveness. They have invested their lives in discipling men and women who are now serving in God’s kingdom as leaders, missionaries, church planters, pastors, worship leaders, etc. It is the hope of HeartLink Network to build upon the rich heritage we have been given so God receives all the glory and His kingdom is extended throughout the world.